UPDATED at 4:15 PM, Nov. 10: We have added Trevin Knell to the story, as he has turned in his Letter of Intent.
California has officially announced the signings of two 2017 prospects to National Letters of Intent, in Juhwan Harris-Dyson and Jemarl Baker and one 2017 prospect -- Trevin Knell -- who will serve his LDS mission and re-classify to 2019.
Baker committed to the Bears on New Years Eve, 2015, and comes to Berkeley out of Corona (Calif.) Eleanor Roosevelt. He is ranked No. 88 overall in the nation by Scout.
“Jemarl is one of the best shooters in the country. His ability to make shots and make plays for his teammates is what makes him one of the best combo guards in California,” head coach Cuonzo Martin said in a statement. “His passion for the game and his work ethic are second to none. He will be a fun player to watch here at Cal.”
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1725845-signing-day-profil... This summer, Baker earned Most Valuable Player honors after leading Earl Watson Elite -- the AAU team he plays on, with Harris-Dyson -- to the Las Vegas Fab 48 17U Invitational Division title. Baker scored 20 points in the championship game, including four three-pointers.
"The Fab 48 Invitational Division MVP, Jemarl Baker certainly showed he deserved those honors in a couple of viewings," said members of our national recruiting staff. "He's a 6-foot-4 shooting guard with long arms who can really shoot the ball, both on the bounce and catch. Baker's handle has improved and he's now attacking the basket as well as he has in his career. While Baker may be a bit better off the ball than on it, his handle and vision will allow him to play at least some one at the next level. He's gotten better at a fast rate."
A three-year varsity starter for Roosevelt, Baker averaged 16 points last season, and shot 44% from beyond the arc. Baker led Roosevelt to a program-record 23 wins, a share of the Big VIII League title and the CIF-Southern Section Open Division playoffs. Baker also hit down eight three-pointers in a midseason loss to eventual state champion and national No. 1 Chino Hills.
"Baker is a quickly improving shooting guard who will be able to play some point guard at the next level," said His best attribute is his shooting ability; he can really knock down shots off catch and pull from both midrange and three. He's more prone to score with his jumper than attacking the basket, but he will find the open lane to the rim if it's there. He's more two than one but his handle has improved some and he's a good passer. He's a hard worker who has made strides over the last couple of years. He projects as a productive Pac-12 player."
Harris-Dyson, a 6-foot-5 guard from Sherman Oaks, Calif., rocketed up the rankings after a strong summer of club ball.
Harris-Dyson was easily the most dynamic playmaker on the floor at the Elite 100 this summer, and that includes fellow 2017 four-star Ira Lee. While Lee is physical and explosive, Harris-Dyson is a born playmaker, who can elevate, spread the floor, pass and drive, finishing with both hands. While his jump shooting is still a work in progress, he's made great strides in that area, thanks in part to shooting drills taught to him by the California coaching staff.
“Juhwan is one of the more exciting players to watch," Martin said. "His ability to sprint in transition and attack the rim is breathtaking,” Martin said. “He was arguably the best perimeter defender on the summer circuit. His first step in the half court is quick and explosive. In his career at Cal, he’ll have a lot of exciting finishes at the rim.”
As a junior at Heritage Christian, Harris-Dyson was a second-team All-Area selection after averaging 14.7 points and 13.6 rebounds. He was listed No. 37 on Cal-Hi Sports’ Top 100 players for the class of 2017.
“Trevin is a shooter with unlimited range," Martin said. "His ability to make shots from distance under pressure is fascinating,” Martin said. “He’s worked relentlessly on improving his strength and quickness.”
The 6-5, guard from Woods Cross, Utah was a Standard-Examiner All-Area First Team selection last season, averaging more than 21 points and 3.6 3-pointers per game. Knell's prep squad went 19-5 last season and won the Region 5 championship.
MaxPreps labeled Knell as "a nightmare to deal with for opposing defenses."
Cal has three more scholarships to give in this cycle, and two of the Bears' top targets -- Ira Lee and Troy Brown -- recently committed to conference rivals (Arizona and Oregon, respectively), while it appears Brandon McCoy is headed to Eugene, and Ike Obiagu is also likely headed elsewhere. The Bears are still on Detroit native Donnie Tillman out of Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, who plans on making a late decision, and are reportedly in the mix for former Nevada signee Kenny Wooten.
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JEMARL BAKER TO CAL (National)
2017 GUARD JEMARL BAKER COMMITS TO CAL (BearTerritory)
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