Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb’s second signing class features teammates Mikayla Cowling and Gabby Green of Saint Mary’s College High in Berkeley. Cal announced Wednesday both have signed national letters of intent.
“Typically on signing day, it’s customary to welcome our new signees to the Golden Bear Family,” Gottlieb said. “However, these two young women have felt like family for a very long time. Today just makes it official.”
Cowling, a 6-foot-2 wing from Benecia, and Green, a 6-2 guard from Oakland, will join Cal for the 2014-15 season. Both are rated among the top 15 players in the country according to ESPN HoopGurlz rankings.
The incoming group, ranked No. 13 by ESPN, gives California its fifth top 20 recruiting class in the last six years – the lone exception being the 2011-12 season when the Golden Bears did not sign any players.
Cowling is rated No. 11 overall by ESPN HoopGurlz and the No. 2 wing in the country. She participated in the USA Basketball U16 National Team trials in 2011.
Alongside Green, Cowling has led Saint Mary’s HS to an 87-18 record the past three seasons. She averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.9 steals per game in 2012-13.
Cowling is the daughter of former Cal track and field great Larry Cowling. A member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame, Cowling has held the school record in the 110-meter hurdles (13.39) and 400 hurdles (48.46) since 1982.
Green is as a unanimous top-15 prospect by recruiting analysts, She won a gold medal with the USA Basketball U19 National Team that posted a 9-0 record at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships in Lithuania. She also participated in the U17 World Championship Team trials and the U16 National Team trials and has earned a total of 11 appearances in international competition for USA Basketball.
At Saint Mary’s, where she and Cowling led their team to a 30-5 record last season, Green averaged 16.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 4.2 steals per game as a junior.