With sky-high expectations in year two of the Martin era, it is an unfortunate fact that Cal will have some turnover on their roster as multiple players will be either graduating or leaving early to go to the NBA. Martin is coming off what was perhaps the greatest recruiting class in the history of Cal basketball, and has made Cal an attractive destination for high-ranking recruits.
Martin has made point guard a priority on the recruiting trail, already receiving a commitment from 2016 point guard Alec Hickman. The 2016 class looks like it could be wrapping up soon, with their main target in Charlie Moore visiting this week. Moore recently visited VCU and Memphis as well.
The 2017 class is loaded with talent on the west coast, Martin seems to be looking into the future already to try and lock down some of the top-tier talent while there are still players available. When Jaylen Hands committed to UCLA, Cal instantly jumped on Smith.
Smith is a strong ballhandler and passer, and could develop into a successful floor general at the next level. Smith could fulfill the role that Sam Singer is in right now, except he is more athletic and has a higher ceiling. Landing Smith would be a great start to the 2017 recruiting class.