Baby-faced point guard Charlie Moore serving as one of two official visit hosts for California commits Jemarl Baker and Juhwan Harris-Dyson, and, surprisingly, he wasn't the youngest-looking in the group. That honor belonged to Baker, who, despite the beginnings of a mustache, still looked every bit the high school senior, although his fresh face was perched atop a rangy 6-foot-4, 178-pound frame.
One thing a growing boy needs, of course, is food, and Baker took full advantage of the various spreads over the weekend.
"I'm skinny, but I eat a lot," laughed Baker, who brought one of his sisters, and his parents along for the ride. "I don't gain any weight. I work out a lot, so I guess that's where it goes."
Baker and the rest of the group at at Skates on the Bay ("That place was really delicious," Baker said) and the Oakland Grill, and, of course at the swanky Claremont Hotel. All met with Baker's resounding approval.
Baker got to pull on the sneakers and get his workout on, along with Harris-Dyson, during an informal pick-up session with the current Bears on Friday, playing for about an hour, before retiring to the dorms to play NBA 2K.
"It was great," Baker said. "I loved it, because everyone is unselfish. Everybody got the ball. It was intimidating, everybody played hard, but I liked it because you could tell it was a family. There's no friction between anybody. It was great, and I loved the experience ... What stuck out was how big everybody is, like how big and how strong. Nicodemus [Christopher, Cal's strength coach], he was getting them in the weight room and getting everybody bigger. I thought that was the best part, and seeing how big I have to get."
The good news: Baker will get to keep eating, and finally put on some weight.
"We just chilled with the players. We played video games, left the football game a little bit early, and went to the dorms and finished [watching] the game," he said. "I had a nice time. Other than that, I love to eat, so eating was great.
"I loved everything. Honestly, I think the hotel was the best part, because, man, that bed, that room, it was great. Man, it was great. I loved it. It's super nice."
Baker felt a bit weird, not practicing for another season with his AAU team -- Earl Watson Elite -- but he did get some more time to bond with his former AAU teammate, Harris-Dyson.
"It was great," he said. "Having somebody to talk to at all times, I got comfortable with the players pretty quick, but having a really close friend with you, it made it even better."