Big Austrian Talks Official Visit

With one big man spot still to be filled for California, the Bears brought in 7-foot Austrian big man Jakob Poeltl for an official visit this week, and he talked with BearTerritory about his experience.

BERKELEY -- The California basketball team isn't quite done with the 2014 class. At least, not yet.

The Bears hope to add one more big man, and while there are several candidates out there, one in particular paid an official visit to Berkeley this week in the person of seven-foot Austrian Jakob Poeltl, who flew 15 hours to visit Berkeley, after which he'll go out and visit Arizona and then Utah to finish out his American swing.

Poeltl spent the past two days with Cal, taking a tour of San Francisco with assistant coach John Montgomery, touring the facilities at Haas Pavilion, talking to the strength and conditioning staff, touring the campus and talking to academic advisors, before finally taking in Wednesday's game against Stanford.

BearTerritory caught up with Poeltl before the game, who said the one thing he wanted to do most was "celebrate the victory with California," but, alas, that didn't happen.

Still, though, Poeltl – currently playing for Arkadia in his home country – enjoyed his trip out to the Bay Area.

"It was pretty impressive," Poeltl said. "I've never been to California before, so it's a very beautiful place, I would say."

As far as his time on campus, Poeltl was quite taken.

"It's also pretty impressive," Poeltl said. "It's my first time touring a college campus, so I'm not really used to it. It's cool."

Poeltl spent time with the coaching staff on Wednesday finding out just how he would be used by the Bears, and watching tape of the current big men. But, since he is a growing boy, after all, his favorite part was "all the food."

"It was pretty good food," Poeltl smiled.

Poeltl checks in at an even 7-foot, 225 pounds, and said that he didn't know if the Bears, Wildcats and Utes would be the final three he'd wind up choosing from.

"Those are just the three that we have time to visit right now," Poeltl said. "I'll see after the visits."

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