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Basketball: Four-star guard to choose among 3 on Friday

Shooting guard Kerwin Roach, a top-100 prospect from Houston who visited Cal three weeks ago, says he will announce his college choice on Friday morning.

Roach has narrowed his field to Cal, Texas and Wichita State, and has made official visits to all three. A 6-foot-3 senior at North Shore High, was at Texas last weekend.

“Any decision dealing with your life is difficult,” said Roach, when asked if the decision will be easy.

Roach is rated as a four-star prospect by Scout, Rivals and ESPN. Rivals has him ranked as the No. 34 overall recruit in the nation, while Scout puts him at No. 82, ESPN at No. 99.

He said he enjoyed his visit to Berkeley on the first weekend of October.

“I was really impressed by the weather,” he said enthusiastically. “The program’s about to take off, about to rise with Coach Martin. I really liked his vision.”

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Basketball: Rabb not ready to cut list to five

Five-star prospect Ivan Rabb, the No. 1 recruiting target of new Cal basketball Cuonzo Martin, isn’t quite ready to trim his list of schools to five, after all.

We reported early this week that Rabb, a 6-foot-10 forward from Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland, told his coach that he would shorten his list of possible colleges from seven to five by this weekend.

O’Dowd coach Lou Richie told me tonight that North Carolina has scheduled a home visit this week, and Rabb wants to wait until after that to pick the five schools he will visit.

His list of seven, besides Cal, includes Arizona, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA.

Stay tuned.

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Basketball: Ivan Rabb close to naming Final 5

Five-star recruit Ivan Rabb will announce his five college finalists by the end of this weekend, his coach at Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland said.

Rabb, a 6-foot-10 forward rated among the nation’s top-10 prospects, told O’Dowd coach Lou Richie on Tuesday morning that by Sunday he expects to inform coaches at the five schools to which he will make official campus visits.

Currently, Rabb has seven schools on his list, including Cal.

The others are Arizona, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA.

Richie said Rabb will call the two schools he is eliminating, then talk with the remaining five to schedule his visits.

“Ivan wants to control the process and wants to do it the right way,” said Richie, who declined to guess whether Cal will be one of the finalists.

He said Rabb could make his final decision on a college destination this fall, but may also spread out his visits and wait until the spring to pick one.

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Football: QB commit Bowers to arrive in January

Cal commit Ross Bowers, rated as a four-star quarterback prospect by ESPN, has signed a financial aid agreement as part of the program’s 2015 recruiting class and will enroll in classes in January in time to participate in spring workouts.

Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement that Bowers is “exactly what we are looking for in a quarterback. He has shown great leadership and does all the things we want a quarterback to do. We’re excited about his future.”

Bowers, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder from Bothell High in Washington, originally committed to Cal in July. By signing a financial aid agreement, he is able to enroll mid-year after early gradutation from high school.

Bowers is rated as the No. 2 prospect in the state of Washington and the No. 12 overall quarterback in the nation, according to ESPN. He was given three stars by 247Sports, Scout and Rivals.

On the heels of a junior season in which he passed for 2,097 yards and 21 touchdowns for a 9-3 team, Bowers has led Bothell to a 3-0 start this fall and a No. 3 state ranking. He has passed for 688 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception this season.

Bowers, who won’t turn 18 until November, comes off a strong summer camp showing in which he was an Elite 11 finalist, participated in The Opening and was named MVP of the Oregon Nike Football Training Camp.

Bowers’ father John is in his first season as assistant head coach at James Madison University and his mother Joanne is head women’s gymnastics coach at Washington.

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Basketball: New Cal coach Cuonzo Martin tries to make recruiting inroads with powerful Oakland Soldiers

The recruiting frenzy of mid-summer is behind them, but the job does not stop for new Cal basketball coach Cuonzo Martin and his staff.

“These guys are working, working, working,” said Frank Knight, the coach at Moreau Catholic High in Hayward. “Their thing is they don’t want to let any more local kids leave.”

Two years ago it was Oakland’s Brandon Ashley who left. Last year, it was San Jose’s Aaron Gordon. Both five-star prospects signed with Arizona. Both played for the Oakland Soldiers, one of the top AAU traveling basketball teams in the U.S.

If Martin wants to elevate Cal’s position in the college basketball world, recruiting analyst Josh Gershon of scout.com said the Bears will have to begin attracting the best home-grown talent. That means attracting Soldiers.

“The bottom line at Cal is you can have a good program without doing a great (recruiting) job in the Bay Area,” Gershon said. “But you’re never going to have much more than a good program. You have to keep the local kids at home.”

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Football: In 2nd round, Bears lose out on McKinley

Below is staff writer Phil Jensen’s story:

Contra Costa College defensive end/linebacker Takkarist McKinley is headed to UCLA after signing with the school Thursday afternoon.

McKinley, a former Kennedy-Richmond star, signed a national letter of intent with Cal in February 2013, but was deemed a non-qualifier by the university. Instead, he played for the Comets and had 10 sacks as a freshman.

A paperwork error was the cause for him being deemed a non-qualifier, McKinley said. According to a text from Contra Costa College coach Alonzo Carter, “the (NCAA) clearinghouse didn’t calculate his summer school grades from his 11th grade summer school.”

Once the mistake was discovered, he was cleared to enroll. He said he will arrive at UCLA on Tuesday.

“I want to play with the best,” said McKinley, who has four years to play three seasons. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

McKinley said that in addition to UCLA, he also considered Arizona State, Oklahoma, Missouri, USC, Oregon and Cal before signing with the Bruins. He said UCLA had been his number one school since he took an unofficial visit in the summer.

McKinley was rated a four-star defensive end in the JC ranks by rivals.com.

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Basketball: Top recruiting target Rabb wins gold

Ivan Rabb — Cal’s top basketball recruiting target — is bringing home a gold medal from the FIBA U17 World Championshjips in Dubai, Arab Emirates.

Rabb. a senior at Bishop O’Dowd High scored nine points in 13 minutes on Saturday as Team USA toppled Australia 99-92 in the championship game. He shot 4 for 4 from the field.

His playing time limited because is coming off a recent injury, Rabb averaged 4.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in just 10 minutes per game during his six games. The 6-foot-10 forward shot 75 percent (12 for 16) from the field.

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Football: Defensive end commits to Cal

Cal got an oral commitment from Westlake Village-Oaks Christian High defensive end Trevor Howard, who made the announcement via twitter on Sunday.

“I have just committed to the University of California Berkeley! Thank you for believing in me!” he said in his twitter post.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is rated as a three-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.

Howard is the 10th player from the class of 2015 to commit to Cal.

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Basketball: Can Frayer’s decision influence other prospects?

Could Oscar Frayer be a recruiting domino for Cal basketball?

The four-star class of 2016 small forward from Moreau High gave new Cal coach Cuonzo Martin an oral commitment Monday afternoon, and his decision could influence others to do the same.

Does that include Bishop O’Dowd forward Ivan Rabb, rated by ESPN as the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2015?

Or Moreau point guard Damari Milstead, a promising sophomore-to-be?

“No comment,” said Frank Knight, Frayer’s coach at Moreau.

But all three play for the Oakland Soldiers. And all three are good friends.

“They’ve all been talking,” Knight said. “Now that Oscar’s committed, a lot of other local players will consider it.

“When Oscar decided to come to Moreau, we had like 20 other kids decide to come.”

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Basketball: Four-star 2016 small forward picks Cal

Small forward Oscar Frayer, a rising junior at Moreau Catholic High and four-star prospect according to Scout.com, tweeted that he has made an oral commitment to attend Cal.

The 6-foot-5, 175-pounder is new Cal coach Cuonzo Martin’s first commit to the class of 2016.

Frayer, who plays for the Oakland Soldiers AAU team, is rated by Scout as the No. 11 small forward in his class, No. 45 overall.