A new name has emerged on the transfer market for California: College of Charleston guard Canyon Barry. Barry, at 6-foot-6, 205 pounds, averaged 19.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists last season for the Cougars, shooting 40.2% from the field and 33.3% from three-point range (he shot 37.9% as a sophomore). Barry -- the son of NBA great Rick Barry -- played in just 13 games before injuring his shoulder against William and Mary.
College of Charleston ranked 9th nationally last season in defensive efficiency, and Barry is known for his defensive acumen. He's pursuing a Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics, so Berkeley would seem to be a natural fit. He graduated from CoC with a 4.0 GPA. A source has confirmed to BearTerritory that the Bears are definitely interested.
There are several other graduate transfers on the table for Cuonzo Martin and the Golden Bears. The biggest name is perhaps Arkansas point guard Jimmy Whitt. With Tyrone Wallace graduating, and Sam Singer set to take over the point, the Bears need more depth at the position, and Whitt, at 6-foot-4, 173 pounds, certainly fits the bill.
Whitt -- a former four-star recruit -- averaged 6.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in his freshman season, and after averaging 11.0 points over his first six games, he scored in double digits just four more times over the balance of the season, and shot 38.7%.
Whitt would have to sit out a year due to NCAA rules, but could provide at the very least a bridge (and at the most, a dependable starter) at point guard after Singer graduates, much as Justin Cobbs proved to be much more than a bridge from Jerome Randle to Wallace after a middling first season at Minnesota. He has a lot of raw talent, and though he'd sit out in 2016-17, he'd be able to make a big impact after Cal loses Singer, Jabari Bird and Jordan Mathews.
Speaking of players with a future, the Bears are also interested in Tulane forward Dylan Osetkowski. A sophomore stretch center who can rebound, Osetkowski averaged 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He's a California native, hailing from San Juan Capistrano, and would also have to sit out a year, like Whitt. At 6-foot-8, 245 pounds, he'd be an easy replacement for the front court losses the Bears would incur with the loss of Ivan Rabb, and he's a scorer, as opposed to Cal's other two big man options -- Kingsley Okoroh and Kameron Rooks. A particularly salient point: He averaged just 2.2 fouls per game last season, while Cal's two main big men struggled with foul problems. Okoroh averaged 7.3 fouls per 40 minutes, and Rooks averaged 6.92. Rabb averaged 4.31.
Osetkowski would have three years to play two, and is being seriously pursued by Arizona, with Alabama, Tennessee and Nevada as other options. He's also planned a visit to Texas. Vanderbilt, Stanford and Michigan have also expressed interest.
The final piece, at least so far, is Columbia grad transfer Grant Mullins. According to ESPN's Jeff Borzello, the Bears, Michigan, Syracuse and Hawaii were the first schools to contact the 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard, who averaged 13.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game last year for the Lions.
Mullins missed all of 2014-15, and part of his sophomore season, as well, due to head and neck injuries. The Ivy League does not allow graduate students to compete. Columbia head coach Kyle Smith suggested that Michigan would be an ideal landing spot, but Mullins has family in the Bay Area.