The California Golden Bears have added a big man to their excellent 2013 recruiting class, and it's the best remaining available center on the West Coast. Kameron Rooks from San Marcos has pledged to the Bears via his Twitter account. Rooks gives Cal another additional big man on their roster, as he'll join Kaileb Rodriguez and Geoffrey Frid among the young power forwards and centers who should compete for playing time in the rotation.
The commitment of Rooks gives the Golden Bears the top available West Coast center in 2013.— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) January 2, 2013
Rooks is a big body at 7-0 with upside. Soft hands, plays hard, good passer. Turned down UA, UW, ASU & UConn to be a Golden Bear.— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) January 2, 2013
@goodmancbs Arizona definitely wanted him. The Cal coaching staff did a greatjob.— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) January 2, 2013
Rooks was recruited by Cal associate coach Travis DeCuire, who has been the primary recruiter for the majority of this 2013 class. Rooks committed to Cal over Arizona, Arizona State and Washington, the other schools listed in his final four. He also had an offer from Oregon State and interest from UConn (who made a top five list).
If the last name of Rooks sounds familiar, his dad Sean used to play for Arizona and was in the NBA for over a decade.
Rooks joins small forward Jabari Bird, shooting guard Jordan Matthews, and combo guard Sam Singer, which currently ranks among the top 25 recruiting classes in basketball.