Two lead for Bird

Five-star target Jabari Bird will stay on the West Coast for college, and two schools are in the best position to land his commitment.

The Oakland Soldiers came home with the Peach Jam title, and did so with a huge week from Jabari Bird. The five-star wing was excellent for the entire event, and his recruitment continues at a steady pace.

Bird missed a good portion of the EYBL due to injury, but he looked healthy and put on a show all week long.

"I think ever since I came back from my injury I have been playing well," said Bird. "The team is getting wins, and it is just really fun right now."

He continued, "I am working on shooting, ball handling, and getting stronger. I think it is starting to show out there."

Recruiting wise Bird says his phone hasn't been too crazy. It is still the same schools involved with two remaining at the top of his list.

"I am really considering California and Washington," Bird explained. "Those are my favorite two. Also I am still considering Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado."

A native of the Bay Area, Bird is very familiar with Cal. It isn't far from his home and he says the staff has done a good job of recruiting him.

"Cal is right in my backyard," explained Bird. "It is right at home and I have a good relationship with the coaches. I think it would be a real good place to go."

When it comes to Washington, the relationship begins with the Head Coach Lorenzo Romar.

"I love Coach Romar," said Bird of Washington. "They have a real good group of guys, and they have a system that I think fits my style of play."

While Bird has two favorites, he is in no hurry to make any kind of decision, and he thinks it could extend past the early signing period.

"I plan to make visits sometime in the fall and hopefully I will have a decision by the spring," Bird explained.

Bird plans to visit Cal and Washington for sure, and likely he will trip to the other schools on his list. For one of those other schools to jump to the top it is going to take a heck of an effort.

"On the visits I just want to see how comfortable I am with the schools and if that school would be a good spot for me," said Bird.

He continued, "I just want to take some visits and check out the facilities. If those schools impress me they could get up there for sure."

Bird is currently the No. 16 prospect overall and the No. 5 ranked small forward.

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