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VIDEO: Cal’s Jaylen Brown puts down tough under-the-legs dunk

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Cal freshman wing Jaylen Brown is one of the most highly-touted newcomers in college basketball this season, in-part because he has the athleticism to be an immediate difference maker.

The native of Georgia showed off some of that athleticism on Friday night at Cal’s “Late Night with the Bears” as he threw down a ferocious under-the-legs dunk in warmup.

Brown didn’t exactly go 360 on this dunk, but nobody is going to scoff when he still put this down with relative ease.

Report: Four-star center reclassifying to 2015; down to three

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An interesting recruiting development hit on Friday as Josh Gershon of Scout.com reported that four-star center Jayce Johnson is reclassifying to the Class of 2015 and looking to join a program at semester break.

The 7-foot native of California is down to Cal, Colorado and Utah and Johnson is on an official visit to Utah this weekend after transferring to a charter school this week. As Gershon notes, only Cal has a scholarship to offer Johnson this season, but the family is willing to pay a semester at the other programs if it’s the right fit. Johnson would like to redshirt and train with his future college while playing against more mature players.

But if Johnson is persuaded not to redshirt, he could be an intriguing big man off the bench later in the season for a couple of teams looking to make a postseason appearance. As the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson is a talented prospect and he isn’t afraid to score with either hand. With some time to fill out, Johnson can turn into a talented Pac-12 player down the road.

Cal freshman Ivan Rabb’s body transformation (PHOTO)

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Ivan Rabb has been putting in the work since he arrived on campus at Cal.

The consensus top ten recruit has added 12 pounds of muscle in 44 days, according to a source. And while he wasn’t exactly out of shape when he arrived on campus, he should be able to handle the rigors of the Pac-12 just that much easier.

Part of what makes this so important for Cal is that they really don’t have many other options in the paint. Their perimeter attack is loaded: Jaylen Brown is the biggest name, and he’s joined by future NBA Draft pick Tyrone Wallace, former McDonald’s All-American Jabari Bird and Jordan Mathews, another talented perimeter scorer.

Cal is going to have the weapons to play four-around-one.

And having at least an extra 11 pounds of muscle on that one is certainly going to help when it’s February and Rabb is averaging 34 minutes in league play.

Nicodemus Christopher