For a year, 6-foot-8 Sacramento (Calif.) Grant power forward Cameron Oliver sat and waited. As other prospects around him were offered and scouted, he sat by with a torn ACL and just watched. Finally, in September, when he hit the floor again, the 2014 prospect exploded, earning offers from Oregon, Pepperdine, San Jose State and – most recently – UCLA.
"I talked to them last night," said Oliver's father Doyle. "The assistant coach called me last night – David Grace – he called me last night. I spoke to him, and apparently, he's coming this week some time, I think, to come see Cameron and his coach at Grant. I talked to him on the phone for about 30 minutes."
On Saturday, Oliver and his father made a trip out to visit the California coaching staff, which, among the other staffs that offered Oliver, saw him in action early last month at the 50 Elite – the same event which saw Malik Pope break his leg for the second time.
"Apparently, they've seen footage on him, and they're interested in him. He missed his junior year because of an ACL tear, but they like him. They like him a lot," said Doyle. "They like him enough for a potential offer. They said that, and that's him playing his senior year at Grant, but they're very interested in him."
Since the 50 Elite, Doyle said, his son's phone has been ringing off the hook with new attention, including the Ducks, Wave, Spartans, Bears, Bruins and Minnesota, which called on Sunday.
The one main obstacle to a Cal offer for Oliver is his GPA. Though he's an A's-and-B's student in most subjects, he still has some work to do in English and Chemistry, his father said.
"I think he's close to a 3.0, if I'm not mistaken, but he has to make up a chemistry class, I believe. He's getting some tutoring now, and that's what Cal came across, with the GPA stuff, because they were saying if the GPA was higher, then his SATs wouldn't have to be so high," Doyle said. "What they're wanting is to get Cameron's grades up a little, to a 3.2 or somewhere around there, and keep it at that level. He's done well, the past three years. He's had some good grades, but chemistry and English, he has to bring the grades up. Chemistry was a D, and he has to bring that up to a B, and English, a C, he needs to make an A out of that. The rest of it was A's and B's."
The last time Oliver played regularly in high school, he was a 6-foot-7, 190-pound sophomore. Now, he's a 6-foot-8, 205-pounder with a high motor, athleticism and versatility. The Bears see him as a 3-4 combo.
"If there were any problems, it doesn't look like it now," said Doyle.
Father and son spent most of Saturday watching Cal practice, getting a tour of the facilities and meeting coaches and – perhaps more importantly – trainers.
"We watched them practice, we met Mike Montgomery, and we met some of the assistant coaches and we met the trainer," said Doyle. "We went inside the weight room and talked to the trainer, and he was telling us about some of the workouts they have, and the nutrition things that the kids go through. It was a fun day."
New Offer, More Interest for Oliver
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