It's The Hair: Cal Targets 2019 PG PJ Fuller

LAS VEGAS -- Let it never be said that the Cal basketball staff isn't looking ahead. As Cuonzo Martin once did with a five-star who's now enrolled at Cal, the Bears are looking at P.J. Fuller before he even plays a minute of high school basketball ...

LAS VEGAS -- P.J. Fuller hasn’t played a single minute of high school basketball. He’s a 2019 prospect. Yes, that’s right: 2019. Yet, he was playing on the 17U team for Seattle A+ during the Las Vegas Classic by Bigfoot Hoops in July.

“It’s a great opportunity, and I really enjoy it,” Fuller said. “Sometimes, it can be tough, because a lot of kids are stronger than me, but I figure things out, and just adapt to how I’m going to play. It’s been good for me.”

Fuller helped his team reach the quarterfinals of the highly-competitive AAU tournament.

“We’ve just got to play harder, and maybe, next time, we’ll make it to the finals, and win it,” Fuller said.

This isn’t the first time that California head coach Cuonzo Martin has scouted a freshman-to-be. A certain five-star signee also got a look-see from the Bears’ second-year head coach back when he was at Tennessee.

On the final day of games during the final open viewing period of the summer, Martin and Yanni Hufnagel both watched the 6-foot-3, 150-pound point, who’s gotten interest from Gonzaga, Vanderbilt, the Bears, USC, Washington and Portland. He has an early offer from Montana, whose head coach, Travis DeCuire, has a long relationship with the A+ program.

“A lot of my coaches, like Jamal Williams, he’s a U-Dub alumni, and he knows a lot of people, and A+, my program, we have a big foundation that everybody donates to – like Martel West and Brandon Roy – and they all know a lot of scouts and college coaches, so they tell them to come to our games, and watch,” Fuller said.

As for Cal?

“I know that this year, they got the best recruiting class, and I know it’s a new staff,” Fuller said. “They seem like cool people. I talk on the phone with coach Yanni every once in a while. He’s a great dude. I like him a lot. I saw his hair today. Last time I talked to him, he said he was going to have his hair like me.”

Come winter, Fuller will suit up for Seattle (Wash.) Garfield, and he’s already drawn rave reviews from our own Josh Gershon: “PJ Fuller is a high level prospect. Big time length and athleticism, can handle and create his own shot.”

The biggest issue with Fuller is, at this point, just getting stronger, and he plans to address that.

“First thing, when I get back to Seattle, I’m going to get in the weight room, all summer, so I’m ready for high school, and the next AAU season, so I can play 17-and-under, and dominate,” he said. Fuller wants to get up to 160 or 170 pounds, ideally.

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