With Tyson Jolly likely an academic casualty after signing with California for a second time (he went to Elev8 Prep in Florida to get his academics in order a year ago), the uncertainty surrounding the NBA Draft futures for talented freshmen Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown, the commitment of UNLV transfer Jordan Cornish and the signing of JuCo guard Dontae Coleman, the Golden Bears' scholarship situation is a bit murky.
If both Rabb and Brown leave, Cal would have room for four additions this offseason. Two of those spots were taken by Cornish and Coleman. The Bears are looking at possibly going after Charlie Moore, but a source said that as of last week, the Bears had not had that discussion internally, yet.
Another option to replace the graduating Tyrone Wallace is Duke point guard transfer Derryck Thornton Jr., who has received his release from the Blue Devils. Thornton's father, Derryck, Sr., said that he has already spoken with Bears assistant Wyking Jones -- who he's known since high school -- and that Derryck, Jr., will put out a list in the next week. Cal was heavily involved with Thornton before he decided to graduate early to enroll at Duke. Thornton was a five-star recruit coming out of Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep.
Cal is going after still more transfers as if Brown and Rabb are not returning, with four more confirmed main targets on the board.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1656652-nba-draft-should-b... The first is No. 3 overall available transfer (as ranked by ESPN's Jeff Goodman): College of Charleston's Canyon Barry. Barry is considering Cal, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Northwestern and Ole Miss. 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 confirmed to BearTerritory that the Bears are definitely interested.
Also on the board is No. 7 overall available transfer, Grant Mullins of Columbia. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound guard says that Michigan, Cal, Syracuse and Hawaii have contacted him. Mullins 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, and he will visit Cal on Monday.
Cal is also reportedly on the list for 6-foot-5 shooting guard Jalen Hudson, formerly of Virginia Tech. Purdue, Florida, UNLV, Butler, Creighton, Auburn, Illinois, VCU, Richmond, Dayton, and Tennessee are also in the mix.
The Bears were reportedly in the mix for Tulane sophomore Dylan Ostkowski, but he committed to Texas. Arkansas's Jimmy Whitt, who had reportedly been contacted by Cal, told Goodman that he has set up visits to Colorado and NC State, and was hearing from Kansas, SMU and Kansas State.
Dominik Olejniczak, a seven-foot transfer from Drake, has Cal, Colorado, Florida, Florida State and Ole Miss as his top choices. Last season, the 249-pounder with quick feet and the ability to run the floor averaged 16.4 minutes per game, shot 72.2% from the field, and averaged 4.1 rebounds, 0.7 blocks and 6.5 points for the Bulldogs. Over his final nine games, he averaged 10.3 points as a starter, and played in 30 games overall.