Five-Star Revelations

What does DeJounte Murray have to say about Cal's new staff? How long did he speak with head coach Cuonzo Martin the first time they spoke? Which five-star has told him good things about the Bears? Find out inside.

Visit season for 2015 four-star Dejounte Murray will have to wait until the fall. He wants to finish out his AAU circuit first. AAU is, after all, where he met the top player in the 2015 class, who, like Murray, has a California offer.

"I'm going to cut it down probably after AAU is done; I want to enjoy my last go-around," Murray said. "I want to go visit Cal, no matter what, because me and Ivan Rabb have been talking, and I know they're going to make his list. That's what he was saying."

"We were just chopping it up about everything, and telling each other ‘good luck with everything,' and he asked me if Cal was recruiting me," Murray said. "He was like, ‘Oh, yeah, they've been talking to me a lot.' He said great things about them. I guess they call him a lot."

Just over a year ago, former Bears assistant Travis DeCuire, thanks to his ties to the Northwest, was able to entice Murray, Isiah Brown and their Seattle A-Plus AAU team to come down for a tournament in San Francisco. It was then that Murray started his relationship with the blue and gold.

"Travis is my guy, and we know each other really well; we're close, like I still talk to him and stuff, but I wasn't worried [when he left], because I had other scholarship offers," Murray said. "I was wishing the best for him, because I know I'll be alright at the end of the day. When I was talking to him, when he officially left Cal, he was telling me that he doesn't know where he's going to go. I think he had three possibilities – Washington, Washington State and Oregon. I don't know where he's going to go, but I know there's a spot open at Oregon, and they just got Ahmaad Rorie, so I'm guessing that may be where he might go."

Two weeks ago, after seeing Murray at the EYBL session in Sacramento, the new Bears basketball staff offered Murray, and despite his ties to the old staff, he's all ears.

"They want me as a combo guard," Murray told BearTerritory after the final EYBL session on Sunday. "They want me as a two-guard, because I've gotten bigger, but they would play me sometimes as a one. That's mostly all the schools that are recruiting me as, because I can play the point, or I can score and play the wing."

Murray said that the new staff has most certainly done right by him so far.

"I'm actually close with the assistant coach, Yanni [Hufnagel] and the head coach called me right after I talked to him, and he was telling me that they re-offered me," Murray said. "We had a good talk. They wanted to get to know me, and we talked for about 30 minutes. I talked with the head coach for about 30 minutes, and he was telling me how I'm the guard they wanted, and he likes my game, respects my game."

The 6-foot-5, 175-pounder has seen his stock soar since the start of the EYBL circuit, with Arizona coming close to an offer. Murray already has offers from the Bears, Gonzaga, Oregon, Washington and Washington State.

"[Martin] said that I'm a player that does everything, and that's the type of player he wants in his program," Murray said. "I think I've improved at everything. I've gotten bigger, a little stronger from last year, and I'm playing against better talent and challenging myself. I think I've gotten better at everything. I'll never settle for less."

Murray will go to several camps in June, before hitting the AAU circuit again in July.

"I'm going to the Pangos one next week, and I was going to go to Adidas Nations, but I got my ACT to take on the day I'm supposed to fly out there, so I probably won't go to that one," Murray said. "The NBA one, I'm going the 17th through the 20th, and then the Kevin Durant one is after that."

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