Breaking down Oscar Frayer's commitment

Cal landed a big commitment on Monday night in Oscar Frayer. Why was landing the 2016 small forward so important?

On Monday night the Golden Bears picked up a commitment from 6-foot-6, 175-pound Hayward (Calif.) Moreau Catholic 2016 small forward Oscar Frayer,'s 45th ranked prospect in the class.

It was a significant commitment for multiple reasons. First, to keep a Top 100 Bay Area prospect home is important, especially given the fact that the rising junior plays for the Oakland Soldiers.

Frayer will be a teammate of several potential Cal targets in high school, AAU and camp settings in the Bay Area and will quickly be seen as an ambassador to the Golden Bears' program.

As a prospect, Frayer has one of the highest upsides in the 2016 class out west. He's still probably more prospect than player but his size, length and athleticism give him a chance to be one of the top small forwards in the class nationally.

Frayer plays hard and with his physical tools, that means a lot of easy baskets in transition and he also finishes pretty well around the rim.

He has the physical upside to continue putting on strength and gaining athleticism as he gets older. He rebounds very well, can start the break and push tempo with his vision. Frayer is a good passer for the position and very unselfish.

Defensively, Frayer has the size, length and athleticism to guard multiple positions at the next level, especially as he continues to get stronger.

Frayer thrives in transition and often is more comfortable jumping off two feet than one, which helps him as a rebounder inside but means he's going to be more comfortable attacking the rim in transition than in half court, where he'll be better around the basket while his ball skills and shooting improve.

The development of Frayer's handle and shot will determine his ultimate success. He has the physical tools to be a very successful player and his work ethic will have a lot to do in dictating how good of a player he ends up being.

Overall this was an important commitment for new head coach Cuonzo Martin and his staff. The Golden Bears landed a really talented local kid from an AAU program they absolutely have to successfully recruit from in order to consistently compete for NCAA tournament berths. Top Stories