Jaylen Nowell Has History With Cal

LAS VEGAS -- Four-star Jaylen Nowell has a history with Cal, a past which became the present -- and maybe the future -- when Cuonzo Martin got in touch ...

LAS VEGAS -- Four-star Seattle Rotary AAU guard Jaylen Nowell has been interested in the California Golden Bears since he was in sixth grade, and for good reason: His uncle is former Cal assistant Travis DeCuire.

“I’ve been liking Cal ever since sixth grade, and they’ve been focused on me since sixth grade, when my Uncle Trav was there,” Nowell says. “After he left, I wasn’t really into Cal that much, but one day I got a text from them, and then I’ve been interested again, ever since.”

That text, two days after 2017 prospects were first allowed to be contacted, came from Cuonzo Martin, the head coach who replaced DeCuire’s boss -- Mike Montgomery. Martin was in the stands on Thursday, watching as Nowell and his teammate – fellow Bears target Daejon Davis -- played against the Oakland Soldiers and their three Cal targets (commit Oscar Frayer, point guard Jordan Ford and forward Ira Lee) in the Las Vegas Classic, powered by Bigfoot Hoops.

“I just like how good his teams are, how he’s developing players and eventually, that’s the type of coach I would like to play for – a coach who can develop players,” Nowell says.

Nowell – a 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard out of Seattle (Wash.) Garfield -- made the U16 national team in June, and after he got home, he had that message from Martin waiting for him.

“It was great,” Nowell says of the trip to Argentina with Team USA. “I was a little homesick, though. I do miss home. Argentina was great. It was a fun experience. I liked it. I would hope to try out again and make the team next year, to go play for the World Cup.”

Nowell has already told Martin that he will be making one of his official visits to Berkeley, but he’s not sure if he wants to take an early official, or during his senior season.

“When I get a chance, I’ll look into it,” Nowell says of the early official.

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