Jemarl Baker

Breaking down Cal's three signees in 2017

Cal is set to sign three 2017 prospects on Wednesday. Scout breaks down what Bears fans can expect from all three players.

Jemarl Baker - Scout's 88th ranked prospect in the 2017 class - headlines California's three-man group. This is a player we expect to have a really successful career in Berkeley.

Baker is about 6-foot-3 with a 6-foot-6 wingspan, giving him the size and length to play at least two positions on the perimeter. While he's used to playing with the ball in his hands - and Baker has the vision to ultimately help out at that position - it's his shooting that he hangs his hat on.

Per UnderArmour, Baker shot 42.7% from the perimeter this summer, which is a pretty good depiction of what kind of shooter he is. While Baker is best from three, he can also hit pull-up midrange jumpers and picks his spots as a slasher.

Given his size and length, Baker will be able to guard most ones and twos at the next level, and even some threes. He has the kind of character and toughness that Cuonzo Martin covets and he should be a very key piece to the puzzle for Cal.

If you were going to draft up a perfect player for Cuonzo Martin, he's going to be very similar to Juhwan Harris-Dyson. One of the nation's top perimeter defenders, Harris-Dyson has the size and length to successfully guard the one, two and three in the Pac-12.

Harris-Dyson is 6-foot-4 with long arms and plus athleticism with tremendous lateral quickness and toughness. He shows up every play on defense and provides himself on being a defensive stopper.

Not just a versatile defender, Harris-Dyson has plenty of valuable on offense. He doesn't have a true position, but has the handle and vision to play on the ball and the slashing ability to play off it.

Scout has high expectations for Harris-Dyson in Berkeley regardless, but if the four-star prospect can keep improving his perimeter jumper, he's going to have a really successful career.

Trevin Knell will take a two-year LDS mission and may technically be a 2019 prospect, but given he's signing with the 2017 class, Scout is counting him as a part of this group.

There's no doubt, what Knell does best is shoot the basketball. Per DraftExpress, Knell shot the ball at a 49.5% clip from three this summer on the adidas circuit for Exum Elite, which shows what kind of perimeter shooter Cal is getting.

While Knell is more shooting specialist than a player who is going to make a ton happen off the dribble, with further development of his handle, he'll be able to take his game to the next level.

Knell really improved his game over the last year, and his shooting, basketball IQ and feel should give him value in Berkeley. 

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