VIDEO: Bears Offer Blackwell

Could Jabari Bird be the key to landing Roseville (Calif.) Woodcreek point guard Noah Blackwell? We talk to the three-star, who we saw at the NorCal Clash two weeks ago in San Pablo, and we have highlights!



Noah Blackwell has caught California’s eye over the summer, whether playing for Team Superstar in Anaheim, Calif., during the July open evaluation period, or through word of mouth from his big day playing for the 2015 squad in the recent NorCal Clash at Contra Costa College last week.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound three-star point guard shot 8-for-16 that Sunday in San Pablo, Calif., adding five rebounds and three assists to just one turnover, with 17 points in 20:45 as the 2015 squad won, 114-100.

On Tuesday, Blackwell scored a pair of scholarship offers, from Colorado and from the Golden Bears.

“Cal, they just came up, and they’ve been talking to me a lot,” Blackwell said. “I really like the coaching staff. It’s close to home, and it’s a really good program, so I’m looking forward to visiting again, soon.”

As for the Buffs, Blackwell knows significantly less.

“I haven’t really looked up Colorado that much, but they’ve been talking to me, the coaches are pretty cool and I’ve heard that they have a good program,” Blackwell said.

What prompted the two new offers?

“It was probably just the way I get my teammates the ball,” Blackwell said. “[Cal] said they liked that I can play the one or the two, because I can score when I need to, and feed my teammates the ball. They really like that about me. The [Bears] coaches are really cool. They really ask about my parents, see how my parents are doing. They’re always trying to see how everything is with me.”

Blackwell’s primary recruiter is Jon Harris, and one of the reasons Blackwell knows so much about the Cal program is because his close friend Jabari Bird is entrenched as a starter on the wing for the Bears.

“I know a couple people that go there, like Jabari’s there now, and he’s like a brother figure,” Blackwell said. “He said he really likes it there. I’m interested in following him. I’ve been to a couple games, I love the crowd and the environment that they play in.

“I’ve known him for a while now. We’ve both been on Bay Area’s Finest, I’ve seen him play a couple times, and we’ve talked a lot and follow each other on twitter. He’s been a motivator. He lets me know what I need to work on, tells me about the school, and he’s just always been there.”

Blackwell hadn’t yet heard of the $10 million in renovations Haas Pavilion will undergo this coming offseason, but being close with Bird for the past four years has told him almost all he needs to know about the Bears, who are now vying for his services with the Buffaloes, Arizona State, Fresno State, St. Mary’s and Washington State.

Blackwell said that he’ll come out and officially visit Cal “pretty soon,” as soon as he takes his ACT.

“I want to commit right before the high school season starts,” Blackwell said.


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