The point guard Cal coach Cuonzo Martin coveted is not coming to Berkeley.
Charlie Moore, a four-star floor leader from Morgan Park High in Chicago, chose Memphis over the Bears on Thursday.
Moore, who shot up the recruiting charts after a strong summer, visited Cal less than two weeks ago but opted for Memphis over the Bears and VCU.
Cal announced the signing Wednesday of Tyson Jolly, a four-star shooting guard from Oklahoma City who originally signed with the Bears a year ago before opting to spend this season at a prep school.
“We’re very happy to have him on board. He’s a great addition to our program,” Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He’s a very talented young man, a tremendous character guy. He plays extremely hard and gives us an upgrade from a toughness standpoint.”
At 6-foot-4, Jolly averaged 20.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists last season at Putman City West High. He was named the Oklahoman’s Big All-City Player of the Year.
Jolly enrolled this fall at the Elev8 Sports Institute in Delray Beach, Florida, this fall in order to improve his academic standing.
Martin appreciates the fact that Jolly stuck with Cal even after his educational detour.
“Those are the guys you fight for to the end,” he said.
Scout.com rates Jolly as the No. 24 shooting guard in the country. He is classified as a four-star prospect by both Scout and Rivals. Jolly also had offers from Gonzaga, Oklahoma State, SMU, Tulsa and Texas-El Paso.
Cal expects to get news Thursday from Charlie Moore, a four-star point guard from Morgan Park High in Chicago. Moore visited Cal two weeks ago and will choose among the Bears, Memphis and Virginia Commonwealth.
Moreau Catholic High’s Oscar Frayer, who committed to Cal more than a year ago, did not make an announcement on the first day of the early signing period. Sources say he may reclassify to the class of 2017 and attend either a prep school or junior college for a year before choosing a college.
Few people at Haas Pavilion late Friday night were more interested to see what the Golden Bears looked like than the fresh-faced 17-year-old sitting courtside.
Charlie Moore, rated the 15th-best point guard prospect in the nation by Scout, was in town for his official recruiting visit. And he liked what he was watching.
“It’s a great game. They’re competing out there,” he said of the intra-squad scrimmage that went to three overtimes before ending just minutes shy of midnight.
Moore, a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder, plays at Morgan Park High in Chicago. His stock shot up after a strong summer and he’s now rated a four-star prospect, the top point in Illinois and the No. 65 overall high school talent in the country, according to Scout.
He is a priority for Cal coach Cuonzo Martin, who will lose all-Pac-12 point guard Tyrone Wallace to graduation after this season.
Moore already has visited Virginia Commonwealth and Memphis and expects to check out Iowa State.
Where does Cal fit into the equation?
“Oh, Cal is right there,” he said, his eyes lighting up. “I love their program.”
Moore toured the campus Friday and took in the view of the Bay Area from Memorial Stadium.
The early signing period begins Nov. 11, but Moore said he’s not sure when he will make his decision.
Charlie Moore, a four-star point guard from Chicago, will visit Cal a week from Friday, a source confirmed, on the same night the Bears host a Blue-Gold intra-squad scrimmage at Haas Pavilion.
Moore, a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder from Morgan Park High, is rated by Scout as the nation’s No. 15 point guard prospect. Rivals lists him as the nation’s No. 57 overall prospect.
The Bears are targeting Moore as a potential replacement for all-Pac-12 senior point guard Tyrone Wallace.
He had a strong summer showing in Las Vegas, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, who wrote:
“Moore showed a tremendous mix of facilitating and scoring throughout the Las Vegas Classic. Moore is quick and uses slick ball handling and craftiness to get by defenders. Once by defenders, he’s able to drop in floaters or draw defenders and dish it off to teammates for good looks.”
Moore has made recruiting visits to Pitt, Illinois and Memphis, and also has offers from Georgia Tech, Iowa, St. John’s.
Cal’s Blue-Gold scrimmage on Oct. 30 — the night before the Bears face USC in football — will begin at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
Cal has made a scholarship offer to quarterback Jerod Evans, who has thrown 38 touchdown passes in eight games for Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, according to Scout.com.
Evans, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder originally from Mansfield, Texas, is academically qualified, Scout reported, and would have two years of eligibility.
Evans would potentially enter the competition for Cal’s quarterback spot if junior Jared Goff opts to enter the NFL draft next spring. Goff is universally considered the top quarterback prospect in college football.
So, a potential Jared to Jerod handoff?
The Bears will return redshirt freshman Chase Forrest, who has performed well in practice and in limited game action, along with true freshman Ross Bowers. Sophomore Luke Rubenzer, who came off the bench a year ago to provide a run threat, has played safety this season.
For the second time in a week, Cal has finished second in the recruiting race for a top-100 prospect.
This time, Connecticut got a verbal commitment Friday from small forward Vance Jackson, rated as the No. 72 prospect in the country by Rivals and No. 63 by Scout. The 6-foot-7 four-star prospect attends Prolific Prep in Napa — his third high school.
A week ago, the Bears lost out on 6-10 four-star center Jayce Johnson, who picked Utah over Cal. The Santa Monica big man is rated as the No. 67 overall prospect in the country by Rivals and No. 59 by Scout.
Four-star 7-foot center Jayce Johnson of Santa Monica has given Utah a verbal commitment. Cal was one of his three finalists.
Here’s more, courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Meanwhile, four-star small forward Vance Jackson, also a Cal recruiting target, is said to be ready to announce his college choice on Friday. Scout.com rates the 6-foot-8, 215-pounder from Prolific Prep in Napa as the nation’s No. 13 small forward prospect.
Jackson has made visits to only Cal and UConn, according to Rivals.com, but also has offers from Arizona, Maryland, Memphis, San Diego State and Washington.
Consensus four-star center prospect Jayce Johnson of Santa Monica High is close to reclassifying to the class of 2015 and could announce his college choice by next week, Scout.com reports.
Among his three finalists: Cal, which Johnson plans to visit next week.
A 7-foot, 235-pounder, Johnson is rated a four-star prospect by Scout, Rivals and ESPN. Scout ranks him the No. 2 center prospect in the state, No. 12 in the country.
All three websites regard Johnson as a top-100 overall prospect, topped by his No. 59 spot on Scout’s list.
He currently is part of the class of 2016, but a family source told Scout that he expects to reclassify to the class of ’15. He has a 4.0 GPA and is an NCAA qualifier, the source said.
Johnson has narrowed his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah. He recently eliminated Stanford. If he enrolls in college this fall, he reportedly plans to redshirt his first year.
Four-star wide receiver Jordan Duncan of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the third committed Cal football prospect to sign a financial agreement with the Bears, allowing him to enroll in January and participate in spring workouts.
Don’t be surprised if you see Duncan on the field immediately as a freshman next fall.
His early arrival will be significant for the Bears, who will lose much of a veteran receiving corps after this season. Bryce Treggs, Trevor Davis, Maurice Harris, Stephen Anderson and Darius Powe all are seniors and junior Kenny Lawler may consider entering the NFL early.
Duncan, rated as a four-star prospect by both Rivals and ESPN, certainly will get the chance to help fill the void.
“Jordan Duncan is an elite athlete,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “He’s got good size and speed as well as great ball skills. He also has a fantastic work ethic and is one of the most mature young people I’ve ever met.
“Jordan is very focused and knows what he wants. I think he is going to be a very productive football player and because he’s going to graduate early from high school and go through spring ball he will have a great chance to play as a freshman.”
Offensive tackle Jake Curhan of Redwood High in Larkspur became the second high school senior to sign a financial aid agreement with Cal, meaning he can enroll at Berkeley in January and participate in spring practice.
A week ago, quarterback Max Gilliam of Thousands Oaks did the same thing.
Curhan, a 6-foot-6, 305-pounder, is rated as the nation’s No. 55 offensive lineman in the country by ESPN. Both Rivals and ESPN rank Curhan as the No. 76 prospect overall in the state of California.
Curhan, who first committed to Cal in May, is rated as a three-star prospects by Rivals and Scout.
“We need to sign tackles and Jake is exactly what we’re looking for,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “He’s a big tackle with good size and length, and he’s a good athlete. I think he’s going to develop into an excellent football player.
“Jake’s also a great student and a local kid. He’s exactly the type of student-athlete we want to have in our program.”
Curhan is a 3.8 student and a member of the National Honor Society.
“Making the decision to come to Cal means a lot to me,” Curhan said. “There’s so much history within the football program and the university, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. The whole time the most important thing for me was to find the best mix of academics and athletics, and Cal is just that.”