California basketball is still alive. That's the message sent by what the Bears have done the last two days on the recruiting trail. After Ivan Rabb declared for the NBA Draft, longtime commit Jemarl Baker asked out of his LOI and then signed with Kentucky, Kameron Rooks decided to transfer and Charlie Moore bolted for Kansas (ostensibly to be closer to his ailing father), the future looked grim for the Bears.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1781981-highlights-cal-com... Two top-100 2018 commits and a point guard transfer (Boise State's Paris Austin) later, and there may just be some light at the end of the tunnel for Wyking Jones and his crew. After a Wednesday afternoon commitment from four-star Jacobi Gordon, Jones snagged a supremely under-recruited four-star in Matt Bradley, formerly of San Bernardino (Calif.).
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound prospect has been rated as a small forward, but many schools have looked at him as too small to fill that role. What he can be, though, is a lengthy, physical 2-guard, who has an insatiable will to win, superb vision and a smooth jumper.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to win," Bradley told our Josh Gershon. "I’m bringing the mental and physical parts of the game.”
Gershon noted: "Scout’s 89th ranked 2018 prospect looks like an NFL player due to his size and strength, which he uses to out-tough opponents and get to the basket. Bradley has legit ball skills and shooting ability, while he’s also a plus passer and rebounder."
Appropriately enough, Bradley used to play football, but stopped in order to focus on basketball.
Jones has been on Bradley since before he took over the head coach's office, and has recruited him for more than a year. On Tuesday, he extended an offer, and on Thursday, Bradley -- who will play for Mt. Pleasant (Utah) Wasatch Academy next season -- pulled the trigger, himself.
Bradley chose the Bears over offers from Nevada, UC Riverside, Utah State, Yale and UTEP. USC had been a dream school for Bradley, and had recently begun talking to him before he got the Cal offer.
Bradley scored a 1,270 on his SAT, and currently holds a 3.5 grade point average.