During last week's open viewing period for NCAA basketball coaches, the California staff made the rounds, watching 2017 commits Jemarl Baker and Alec Hickman, as well as 2017 target Ira Lee. One of the new names on the Bears' list, though, isn't necessarily an offensive weapon like Baker and Lee, but he is certainly a weapon: Shot blocker and five-star center Ikey Obiagu.
Though Obiagu couldn't make this weekend's AAU circuit due to a sinus infection, the 7-foot-1 center -- who was offered by Cal last summer -- did plenty last week, in front of Cuonzo Martin, Tracy Webster and Wyking Jones.
"They're recruiting me hard," he told BearTerritory on Sunday. "I feel like they are really good and know what they are doing. We have already developed a good relationship."
All three coaches, Obiagu said, have worked to establish that relationship, and, he said, he gets a call from Cal "almost every week."
What does the staff sell to Obiago?
"How I would help the program and how the program would help me," Obiagu said. "They develop their players and they utilize their bigs at both end of the floor."
"They demanded the ball more in the post," Obiagu said, "and the guards feed them."
While Obiagu doesn't have any top schools as of yet, and doesn't have any visits set, he did say that Cal is one of the schools -- along with Baylor, Louisville and Georgia -- that are recruiting him the hardest.
The son of Nigerian parents, Obiagu values education, and has a 3.9 GPA, and will be taking the SAT on May 7, but, he said, his parents are still "getting to know Cal, to be honest."
"Education is also important," he said. "Even if I leave early I would still complete my education."