Bears Involved With Dynamic Wing

Cal gets in on fast-rising 2017 stretch four after early open period, and the Bears are set to take even more looks at the dynamic Las Vegas youngster in July.

One year ago, 2017 three-star Greg Floyd, Jr., was largely unknown, a long, lanky 6-foot-6, 170-pound stretch four. But, he’s since skyrocketed on the national scene, earning offers from 19 schools, the latest coming from Cuonzo Martin and California.

“They’re heavily involved with Greg,” said Las Vegas Knicks AAU coach Lamar Bigby. “I speak with them at least once or twice a week, in regards to Greg, because they can’t call him right now, because the contact date is June 15. Cal has made Greg Floyd a high priority.”

Michigan has also made Floyd a priority, hosting him on an unofficial visit while on campus this weekend for a camp.

“It was his first visit, so he was pretty impressed with the facilities and the different things they do to help their kids get better,” Bigby said. “It’s all new for him. 12 months ago, Greg wasn’t a highly-ranked kid, and now, you look up, and he’s a top-60, top-50 kid in the country. It’s a lot for a young kid to adjust to, but he’s adjusting.”

During the April open period, Cal scouted Floyd early, and by the second weekend, the staff was at all of his games. Martin has told Bigby that he will be at Floyd’s games during the July open period, as well.

“Oh, wow, they watched Greg the whole second weekend,” Bigby said. “They saw him the first weekend in April, and then watched him the whole second weekend in April. They were there, they were there.”

Floyd has added two inches to his frame over the past year, but he’s still a bit light. He has plenty of time to get bigger, but the Bears like his rangey, athletic versatility on the wing, and his 6-foot-11 wingspan.

“His versatility and his ball handling ability, at his size, he’s 6-8, and he can play pretty much all positions, pretty much a 6-8 guard,” Bigby said. “They love his versatility and his ability to make plays off the dribble, and, with his length, defensively, he can be very special, too.”

Defense is something Martin prizes almost as much as dynamic wings, and that’s exactly what Floyd is.

“He’s still young. He just turned 15 a month ago, so he’s 6-8, weighs about 176,” Bigby said. “Just really long, athletic, wiry-strong. He’s very, very good off the dribble. He really puts the ball on the floor, creates his own shot, and he’s an underrated passer, as well. He’s a very skilled player – very skilled and very versatile.

“I think what they like is they like size, and guys who can guard multiple positions, and Greg can do that, but what makes Greg different from other guys is his skill set, and his ability to create shots. At the next level, in college, or even in the NBA, the guys that can do more with the basketball are normally the guys who are the most successful.”

The interest is certainly mutual, though Floyd is a ways away from making any decisions.

“Most of all, what I like about Cal is Cuonzo,” Bigby said. “Cuonzo is a hard-nosed guy, holds his teams accountable and guys get better. I think Greg is a kid that could benefit from that environment. Greg hasn’t really sat down and watched a lot of California basketball games, because he’s a youngster. Next year, I’m sure he’ll spend more time, as he’s evaluating the process and looking at schools more in detail. It’ll be closer to the time that he really wants to make a decision about what school he wants to choose. Now, Greg hasn’t even thought about what school he’s going to, and all those different things. He hasn’t really thought about it. He’s just playing basketball, trying to get better.”


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