Las Vegas Classic: Brandon Rachal Talks Cal

LAS VEGAS -- Brandon Rachal is a versatlie guard who can play anywhere from the one to the four, and he talks about Cal with BearTerritory, plus VIDEO ...

LAS VEGAS -- California hasn’t offered 2017 Natchitoches (La.) Central small forward Brandon Rachal, but the Bears are certainly very interested, sending several coaches to watch Rachal over the course of the Las Vegas Classic last month at Rancho High School. Before heading out to Sin City, though, the Cal coaches did a little probing.

“They asked me a whole bunch of questions, probing my basketball IQ, seeing what I know about the game,” Rachal said. “They’re looking for me to be an all-around player, doing everything on the floor, doing the little things – handling the ball, playing good defense and things like that, and making my teammates better.”

Rachal is indeed an all-around player. Long and athletic at 6-foot-5 1/2, 205, Rachal can play anywhere from the one to the four in high school, but he’s probably most effective as a two- or three-guard.

“For my high school, I play point guard and shooting guard, but coming on this team, we’re so loaded,” Rachal said of EP Elite, with whom he played in Vegas. “We only have one true post player, so I play all around – a wing, sometimes I go to the high post – and Cal’s recruiting me to be that wing who can run the floor – shooting guard, small forward-type player.”

Rachal first started talking to Cal and assistant coach Yanni Hufnagel two days after the first day that schools could talk to 2017 prospects.

Rachal has a motor that just won’t quit, and as much as Cuonzo Martin loves wings, he loves that kind of toughness even more.

“One thing he said he likes is tough players, and he says I’m a tough player,” Rachal said. “The way I approach the game is, you never know when your last time on the floor is, so every time I’m on the floor, I try to give it my all. Don’t take a play off. I do whatever I can to help my team win, because you never know when your last chance is.”
,br> Rachal recently received an offer from UAB, and interest from Louisville, while the Bears aren’t the only school from the Golden State who’s come calling.

“Cal, USC is pushing it and a couple California schools,” Rachal said. “I’ve talked to just about every school from California. Vanderbilt is coming at me really hard, Virginia Tech.”

With interest from all across the country, distance isn’t a factor for Rachal.

“I just look for whatever the best fit is,” Rachal said. “If it’s a good fit for me, I’d go anywhere to play.”

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