“I talk to them every day. They contact me every day, and the assistant coach has been down to watch me play, and coach Martin has said he’s watched me on film, and he wants to come see me,” said Tyson Jolly, one of the top remaining shooting guards in the 2015 class.
It all started with Jolly’s coach sending Martin his film, after which Martin dispatched Hufnagel to watch him in person.
“They like my defense, that I can shoot and handle the ball,” said Jolly.
There are other suitors coming in late, as well, including Gonzaga, Marquette, Creighton, Missouri, Colorado, SMU and UTEP. Jolly wants to take visits after his season is over on March 15, but has no idea yet just where he wants to take them. He already knows a bit about Cal, and its recent past.
“I don’t know a lot about coach Martin, but I know a lot about Cal,” Jolly said. “I used to watch Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs a lot. I like watching their games.”
He’s also noticed that the current Bears have been on a pretty decent run, as of late, winning five of their last six.
“They’ve got a new coach, and they can only get better right now,” Jolly said. “It’s in a good spot. It’s warm there, they’ve been winning lately, and coach Martin, he’s cool.”
He also appreciates Hufnagel’s interest and attention.
“I talk with him every day, all day,” Jolly said. “He’s just cool. He’s a cool coach. He talks to me, tells me what to work on, what I’m good at, and he keeps it honest with you at all times. He’s been keeping it honest with me.
“He told me that he wanted coach Martin to give me an offer, and he’s real with me. He likes my coach and my program, and thinks that I could help bring them to the next level and win a championship.”