Combo guard verbally commits to Cal

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While there’s still work to be done in the 2016 recruiting class, California landed its first commitment in the Class of 2017 Thursday afternoon.

6-foot-4 combo guard Alec Hickman verbally committed to Cuonzo Martin’s program, with the news being reported by ESPN.com. Hickman’s a talented guard who can play either on or off the basketball, and based upon California’s current perimeter rotation he’ll be an important addition when the 2017-18 season rolls around.

Experienced returnees Tyrone Wallace (senior), Jabari Bird, Stephen Domingo, Jordan Mathews and Sam Singer (all juniors) are all upperclassmen, with freshman Jaylen Brown being the lone underclassman. That means at least five of Cal’s current guards will definitely be gone by the time Hickman arrives in Berkeley, and Brown is projected to be a first round pick in next June’s NBA Draft.

Hickman, who attends JSerra Catholic in San Juan Capistrano, California, played for the Team Eleate grassroots program this summer.