Cal Basketball gets a big recruit!

Jamie Squire

Cal Basketball picks up a huge player for the basketball team!

Kameron Rooks, a 7-foot (!), 280-lb center from San Diego, has signed his letter of intent to be a Golden Bear!

Jeff Faraudo of the Mercury News reports:

On the first day of the spring signing period, the Golden Bears secured 7-foot, 280-pound center Kameron Rooks of Mission Hills High in San Marcos. Rooks originally committed to Cal back on Jan. 1.

Rated the nation's No. 22 center prospect by ESPN, Rooks is the son of Sean Rooks, who played for Arizona two decades ago when Cal coach Mike Montgomery was at Stanford.

"He told me (Montgomery) is a good big man's coach, he knows how to teach big men the right stuff," Rooks said of his dad's input.

"I am happy to have a Rooks on my side for a change after some great battles with his dad through the years," Montgomery said.

CalBears.com has the following:

A 7-0 center, Rooks starred at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, Calif. where he guided the Grizzlies to their first ever California Interscholastic Federation championship. Rooks was named Mission Hills' first ever California Interscholastic Federation Player of the year, also garnering First Team All-North County Conference and First-Team all-league laurels as a senior this past season. The senior is rated the 22nd-best center in the nation by ESPN.com. With Rooks leading the way, the Grizzlies set a school-record for wins in a season, finishing the 2012-13 campaign with a 29-5 overall record.


Rooks, who was also named the San Diego Union-Tribune 2013 Player of the Year, averaged 17.9 points, 11 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game this season while shooting 65 percent from the field. He was selected to play in the San Diego County Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game, where he scored 13 points for the north squad earlier this month.

Unfortunately, this coincides with some unfortunate news that freshman Kaileb Rodriguez will be transferring.

But, on the plus side, we've got a new recruit who's interested in helping the team any way he can and do "anything to help the team"

What do you guys think of the news? Will he be able to help replace the Thurminator? How will he complement incoming superstar Jabari Bird?

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