Last basketball season, 2018 four-star forward Jaedon Ledee and his Houston (Tex.) Kinkaid high school team paid a visit to the Bay Area. Ledee has family out here, and while in town for a tournament, he paid a visit to California.
This Saturday, the Texas native's father got a call from new Bears assistant, Chris Walker, himself, a Houston native. He wanted to offer Ledee, as he did fellow Texans Tyrese Maxey, Grant Sherfield, Gerald Liddell and De'Vion Harmon.
The former Texas Tech interim head coach has been busy in his home state, thanks to the connections he formed while part of the AAU world, directing the Houston Hoops program. That's how he knew Ledee's father.
"They knew each other through AAU stuff and connections, and basketball, in general, out here," Ledee said. "Coach Walker called my dad, first, but I talked with coach [Wyking] Jones [Sunday] and he said, 'If anybody asks, you got the offer from me, too, so you've got two offers.' [Walker] knows my dad, but I for sure know him. Every time we see each other, we say hello and talk a little bit. He was doing some work with the people down here in the gym, so he'll be down here trying to get into a workout, and sometimes, it'll just be a tournament he'll be around for AAU."
Ledee got to see Jones and current associate head coach Tim O'Toole work during his visit to Berkeley this past season, but is now starting to get to know the staff, and the school, a bit more.
"They're good people," Ledee said. "I could tell that they were ready to get at it at any time. I liked the feel. It was kind of like a family feel, kind of quiet, kind of like the school I go to, now ... I like California a lot, and Cal has a good mix of basketball and academics, which is good. I really like California. It really reminds me of the school that I go to now. My current school, the Kinkaid school, is really good, academically. It's quiet, it's not too big. I don't know, it just reminds me of it, being really preppy and stuff."
As for the actual nuts and bolts on the court, Ledee likes the idea that Jones will be running a more up-tempo, pressing system as head coach, taking over for Cuonzo Martin, who, while directing one of the top defenses in the nation, ran an offense that could best be described as stultifying.
"He said I was the type of guy who fits perfectly into what they're trying to do," Ledee said. "I've seen how they like to play on the West Coast, in the Pac-12, and I like to get up and down. They use long guys, athletic guys to run the wings, and do what they can do."
Ledee said that he's not sure if he'll come out to visit. He has plans to come out to the Golden State, but that trip will likely be to Los Angeles over the summer with his Texas Pro AAU program.
Ledee has a 3.5 GPA this year -- two A's and two B's.