With this weekend's AAU circuit set to pop, California is on the hunt for more members of what's expected to be a five- to six-man 2017 class. The AAU season will continue across the nation, concluding in Las Vegas, and that's just where the Bears trained their sights this week, offering two members of a Las Vegas Prospects team that already boasts two other Cal offerees in Chuck O'Bannon Jr. and Troy Brown.
The Bears offered Detroit native Donnie Tillman (who we profiled earlier) and Oshae Brissett. The two were on opposite sides of the country when they received their offers -- with Brissett in Toronto -- and haven't compared notes quite yet, but they will, soon. He'll also be talking with O'Bannon and Brown this weekend.
"I didn't know until I saw it on Twitter, but I told him congrats and things like that," Brissett said of Tillman. "I haven't seen them, but I'm pretty sure this weekend, we'll talk about it, when I see them again, in Atlanta."
Cal has been watching the Canadian native's development closely over the last year, and an offer from Cuonzo Martin has been high on the power forward's wish list.
"Every time I hear about Cal, it's nothing but good news about the players, and how they play," Brissett said. "Nothing negative every comes from a conversation about Cal. It's all about how we'd love to go there and be a part of a great program ... I heard from then a long, long time ago, and we never lost communication. Coach is always checking in on me."
What does Cal like so much about Brissett? He's a versatile four man who can defend multiple positions, who plays with great energy on both ends of the floor. He's aggressive with his drives in the paint (something he said he's seen a great amount of improvement on over the last year), can hit shots from both mid-range and three and shows a lot of potential on the defensive side of the ball -- something that Martin covets.
They always told me that they like how versatile I am on the floor, and how I can only get better going to a program like them," Brissett said. "They see the upside in me."
The Bears and Brissett haven't gone into much detail about what he can become with them, but the conversations between Brissett and Martin have focused on the big picture.
"We talked for a while about the program, and he told me that I would be a good fit there," Brissett said. "Every year, they're one of the top programs in the nation, and they never fail to disappoint. They always put out good talent. He was telling me stuff like that."
Now that he has that offer, Brissett said he would "love to take a visit, and see how the campus is," but that visit wouldn't have to be an official, necessarily.
The basketball team posted a perfect 1000 APR this past year, and with a 3.6 GPA this year, Brissett would be a good fit off the court, as well. Being a Canadian native, the Berkeley name and education certainly stick out to his parents.
"They were really excited and happy for me, because they know that the coaches have been keeping up with me for a while," Brissett said. "I really wanted this offer badly, because I do like Cal, so they were excited for me. All I've heard is that Cal is a great program, and Jaylen Brown was one of my favorite high school players, so seeing him go there really meant a lot."