Milstead Picks up Cal Offer
After two tune-up exhibition wins in which he scored a total of 40 points, swiped 11 steals, and dished out 10 assists, 2017 Hayward (Calif.) Moreau Catholic point guard Damari Milstead got his first big-time offer after losing his first high school game on Nov. 30, as California came calling with a full ride.
"My dad told me that they called him today," Milstead said of the offer, which came down on Sunday morning. "I really like the school. It's a good school, nice and big, they have a great education, and it's cool that it's my first offer from a big-time school."
Now at 6-foot-1, 150 pounds, Milstead has already been out to Berkeley several times, once for a football game and once for the Bears' summer camp, where he drew the attention of the entire staff as he and the young Mariners started meshing for a season in which they have not a single senior on the roster.
Milstead became the youngest member of the Oakland Soldiers AAU program (14) to receive a scholarship offer from a high major school.
"It was a surprise," said Milstead, who had 21 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals against Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista on Saturday.
"We're blending together pretty well. We need to take some more time," Milstead said. "We're still young, but we'll find more chemistry together."
Alongside Milstead, Moreau Catholic also boasts Cal offeree Oscar Frayer, who, in two exhibition games, pulled down 21 rebounds and scored 32 points. The two have been playing together for quite some time, and already have a solid connection.
"Me and Oscar, we fit well together," Milstead said. "We've played together so long that we know where the other is and when he wants the ball."
With the Bears offer on the table, Milstead has yet to come out for a basketball game, but he already has his first hoops-centered visit scheduled.
"I like the coaching staff, how they play and that it's close to home," Milstead said. "I'm definitely going to the game against Arizona in a couple more weekends."
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