On Monday, 2018 big man Jack Wilson paid his second visit to California -- coming with his father, after a trip with his mother in June -- and before the day was over, the 7-foot, 250-pound center got his first high-major offer.
New assistant Tim O'Toole and other Bears assistants were constant fixtures at Wilson's summer AAU events with Team Arsenal, watching Wilson and Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd guards Naseem Gaskin and Elijah Hardy.
"They just kept showing up, said Wilson, who gushed about the offer. "It's huge. I'm really excited. I've been working my whole life for these kinds of goals, and to get an offer from Cal is huge for me. Being from California, I grew up watching their games. It's all really exciting for my family and I."
Wilson has been to Haas Pavilion multiple times, and while he said he didn't have a favorite college team growing up, the Bears were a fixture.
"Cal was always exciting to go to," Wilson said. "I love the Pac-12. It's the best college basketball out there."
O'Toole and Wyking Jones are both veteran big man coaches, and Wilson has already done his homework on them.
"Coach O'Toole, he's done a great job with guys when he was at Stanford; Stefan Nastic, you see his improvement over five years there with coaching from coach O'Toole," Wilson said. "That was big to me. Coach Jones, I've been able to get to know him here a little bit, and from Kingsley [Okoroh] to Kameron [Rooks], and Ivan Rabb, Cal's got great bigs. They've improved during their time in college, so that says a lot about the coaching, there."
In fact, because of Wilson's connection to the two Dragons guards, Rabb himself has made a few appearances at Team Arsenal practices and games.
During his visit on Monday morning, Wilson got to dig into the program, in depth, watching some independent player workouts, watching film and getting a campus tour for the second time. Both of Wilson's parents -- on their respective visits -- "really enjoyed" the trip.
"It's close, it's a great option and a great opportunity," Wilson said. "They were on the same page as me. It was really exciting. We'll see where it goes, but we're definitely all very excited."
On Monday, Wilson and his father were taken to the locker room, saw the facilities and the weight room, met the staff, watched film and then took a tour with O'Toole. It was the second time he'd shown Wilson around campus.
"It was really surprising -- he had only been there for a little bit when I was up there with my mom, and h was already so knowledgable about the campus and what was going on there," Wilson said. "Coming back up with my dad, he was telling us even more about the place."
Even though it was his second trip to Berkeley, the campus environment still struck Wilson.
"It was very cool how you can be in a hustle-bustle city-type area, downtown, and you go a little bit deeper into the campus, and you're surrounded by trees," WIlson said. "You wouldn't realize that, 100 yards to your right, is Haas Pavilion. It gives you a little bit of everything. It's just a great spot. With the staff, everybody was so friendly, and there weren't any guys kissing butts or anything. Guys were very real. They tell you there are things you've got to work on, but obviously, they saw something that could fit in their program, and I'm really honored to be able to get the offer from them."
What exactly did Cal see over the summer?
"Jack Wilson is an extremely big kid who moves well for his size," said our national basketball recruiting analyst Josh Gershon. "He's capable of scoring around the basket and defends the position well. His size and wide shoulders will allow him to be a powerful interior player at the next level. His offensive arsenal is still improving but Wilson has the upside to be a good Pac-12 player with continued development."