Roger Moute a Bidias has good bloodlines.
The 6-foot-7, 190-pound swing man out of Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep is the younger brother of former UCLA standout and current Milwaukee Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and, to observers, he plays a lot like Jorge Gutierrez.
Last week, Moute a Bidias and teammate Matthew Atewe -- both 2013 prospects -- practiced in front of California assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb, and the Golden Bears coach was quite taken with both.
"The coach was there to watch [Atewe], and while he was at the practice, he saw me play, and I talked with him after practice," Moute a Bidias. "He said he really liked how I play, and my skill set, and that he would like to recruit me. I still have to talk some more with him, but we talked later and he told me more about the school. They want me to come up there and take a visit some time."
Moute a Bidias has yet to receive an offer, but he's had several schools – including Cal -- sniffing around lately, including Marquette, George Washington, Texas, Jacksonville, Iona, Hoffstra and Oregon State.
"The thing I liked the most is how Cal mixes academics and athletics, at the same time. I'm very interested in having a great career, but I want to go somewhere where I can have good academics," Moute a Bidias said. "He told me that Cal is the No. 1 public school in America. That's one thing that I really liked about it."
With his parents still back in Cameroon, Moute a Bidias's older brother has been like a surrogate parent, and took time out of his busy NBA schedule to talk with his younger sibling about the new interest.
"My brother, he's like my mentor," Moute a Bidias said. "I tell him everything. I talk to him, and he played in the Pac-12, and that's a good thing. I talked to him about it, and he said that Cal is a really great school. He said that when he was at UCLA, he played them, and he told me it's a very good school, but he still has to talk to the coaching staff and all of that. He told me that he thinks it's a pretty good school."
Mbah a Moute knows that the family values education above all else, and from what Moute a Bidias heard from Gottlieb, Berkeley definitely fits the bill.
"My parents, to be honest, I haven't talked to my parents about that, but the most important thing for my parents is for me to go to a very good academic school," Moute a Bidias said. "Athletics and basketball, that's a good thing, but the school is the most important thing for me. That's the main reason why I came to the United States. I think my parents, the first question they would ask me, is, ‘How good is the school, itself?' I haven't talked to my dad or my mom about it. I've only talked to my brother about it."
Moute a Bidias averages about 10 points and 10 boards per game, and helped his squad to an 18-point win on Thursday afternoon. His best game, though, came one week ago, when he tallied 18 points and 16 boards.
Moute a Bidias is a hard-working, high-energy player who prides himself not only on rebounding, but on being versatile and doing the little things.
"When I talked to coach [Gottlieb], he said he liked how hard I play. He thinks that, no matter what, offensively and defensively, I can bring some effort and energy, and that was the main thing he liked about me," Moute a Bidias said. "He also liked how I rebound the ball, how I play off the ball. All those things that I do well -- that some other guys don't do -- I pay attention to those things, and that was one thing they liked ... He told me that he still wants me to work on my handle. He liked my jump shot, and he thinks I can improve a little, but he wants me to work on my handle."
Position-wise, Moute a Bidias is open to any spot on the floor he needs to play, but is most comfortable as a small forward.
"When I came to Notre Dame, I came as a three, but my coach here had me play the four, so I could be in the post, but I'm more comfortable playing the three," Moute a Bidias said. "To be honest, I haven't talked to the Cal coaching staff about that, but I'm more comfortable playing the three. I have no problem switching positions, but I'm very comfortable playing the three, coming off the screen for a jump shot."
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