LSU and freshman star Ben Simmons are getting a lot of publicity for their overseas exhibition trip to Australia this week, but Cal is also touring the land down under and playing in some exhibition games this week.
The tour for Cal is giving the team its first look at the freshman duo of Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb, who helped the Golden Bears to a 100-63 win over Victoria Select during the team’s first game on the trip. Both players started the game for Cal as Brown paced the team with 17 points while adding six rebounds and two steals. Rabb finished the game with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds and was 5-for-6 from the field for a strong showing of his own.
It’s also worth noting that Tyrone Wallace started at point guard and finished with 10 points, but more importantly, he had six assists to only one turnover. Jordan Mathews added 15 points and Jabari Bird pitched in 13 points off the bench. Kingsley Okoroh started at center for Cal, which meant Rabb played power forward for his moments in the game.
While it’s hard to say how this exhibition tour will translate to the actual season, it was interesting to see the lineups that head coach Cuonzo Martin used and he made frequent substitutions to see everyone on his roster get minutes. If Brown and Rabb can remain consistently productive, it makes Cal a serious threat in the Pac-12 with the return of players like Wallace, Mathews and Bird. You can view full stats of Cal’s win here.
Cal has landed their first commitment in the Class of 2016, as Oscar Frayer pledged to be a Golden Bear on Monday night.
“I have officially verbally committed to the University of California, Berkeley,” Frayer wrote on twitter.
Frayer is a 6-foot-5 wing that is bouncy and energetic. He’s currently ranked No. 66 in the class by Rivals, but he’s a guy that can get a lot better as he continues to develop his game. Frayer’s jumper needs work, as does his ability to handle the ball. At this point, he’s more of an athlete that plays basketball as opposed to an athletic basketball player.
Frayer plays his high school ball for Moreau Catholic in Hayward, California, and spends his summers running with the Oakland Soldiers, which is why this pick-up is important. The Soldiers are one of the best AAU programs on the west coast — Stanley Johnson is a product of their club, while Stephen Zimmerman and Cal target Ivan Rabb highlight the Class of 2015 stars on the roster.
Being able to land the kids from that program with the academic pedigree to succeed at Berkeley is really important for the longterm success that Cuonzo Martin will have there.
Ex-Georgetown guard Stephen Domingo is headed back to the west coast where he will play out the remainder of his college basketball career for Cuonzo Martin at Cal, according to multiple media reports.
Domingo was a high-profile recruit coming out of high school, a four-star prospect that was ranked in the top 50 in the Class of 2013 before leaving high school early to enroll at Georgetown when he was 17 years old. Unfortunately for Domingo, he was never able to crack the rotation with the Hoyas, playing in just 39 games in two seasons in Washington, D.C.
Domingo is a talent, however. He’s a 6-foot-6 shooter that will be able to spend all next season developing his game and his body as he sits out the 2014-2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Domingo is the second player that Martin has added since he got the job at Cal. He’s also brought in ace recruiter Yanni Hufnagel from Vanderbilt.