The California basketball coaching staff continues its travels as the second July live evaluation period commences, and one of head coach Mike Montgomery's first stop was Redondo Beach, Calif., where he scoped out the Compton Magic at the Battle at the Beach.
The Magic had two games on Thursday and two on Friday, with Montgomery watching one player in particular: Cameron Walker, the 2015 forward out of Santa Maria (Calif.) Righetti, who plays alongside other 2015 Bears targets Rex Pflueger and Sedrick Barefield for Compton Magic Select.
"We won both games today, so we've been doing pretty well," said Walker, who's team is 3-1 on the weekend so far.
Walker definitely noticed the watchful eyes of the Cal head coach, who just welcomed one of the top 25 recruiting classes in the nation to the Berkeley campus.
"I saw him in the stands, and I thing coach Travis [DeCuite] was supposed to be there, too," Walker said. "Some of the coaches, I notice."
The Bears cannot speak with Walker during the observation period, but before that kicked off, Walker said that he had been communicating with Cal more often than with many other programs.
"I've been texting coach Travis and coach [Gregg] Gottlieb a little bit lately, but obviously not that much because of the live period," Walker said. "It's pretty big. I'd say that they're bigger than a lot of teams. They're up there with the most, I'd say."
Walker said that San Jose State, Princeton, Harvard and Fresno State have also been in heavy contact, along with the Bears.
With three of the five schools on him the hardest having exceedingly high academic reputations, Walker said that academics are probably one of the top requirements for his eventual college choice.
"It's pretty big," Walker said. "The academics are always my backup plan, if I don't play basketball professionally. I'm always going to fall back on my grades to have a good career."
When Montgomery was eyeing Walker on Thursday, he admitted that he "didn't really do that well," scoring six points and pulling down between five and seven rebounds.
"I don't know if he was there for the second game, but in the second game, I played a lot better," said Walker, who scored 15 points in the second tilt.
After concluding the Battle at the Beach, Walker and the Magic will travel to Las Vegas for the adidas Super 64.
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