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Cal basketball targets Jimmy Whitt, Arkansas point guard transfer

Can the Bears get a new guard?

Gunnar Rathbun-USA TODAY Sports

Cal is going after an Arkansas transfer. Combo guard Jimmy Whitt is leaving the Razorbacks and is considering Cal as a transfer destination, per several reports.

Some thoughts on Whitt's season via our SB Nation Arkansas site, Arkansas Fight.

While Whitt did not have the type of impactful freshman season most were expecting, he did show enough flashes that make me believe he'll grow into a really nice player. Whitt's season started off well. He actually started the team's first 10 games and reached double figures in scoring in five of the first six games. After that point, he seemed to disappear for a while. He simply wasn't very good in January save for a season-high 15 point outburst against Missouri in his hometown of Columbia. He only scored 8 points in the team's next five games that closed the month, including a scoreless stretch in 35 minutes of combined action in three straight games against Kentucky, Georgia, and Texas A&M.

However, Whitt seemed to close the season with positive momentum, reaching double figures three times in February and only going scoreless once. He also seemed to find more confidence in his jump shot. Five of his six made threes on the season were in February. He finished the season averaging 6.1 points and 1.7 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game.

Whitt is a freshman, so he would have three more years of eligibility left in college. I'd imagine he'd have to sit out this upcoming season due to college transfer rules.

Whitt averaged 6.1 points per game his freshman season and shot 38% from the field. He was a top 20 shooting guard prospect via 247Composite, and a top 100 national recruit in 2015.

Here's a look at Whitt's high school highlights.

With Cal losing Tyrone Wallace this year and Sam Singer after next year, it's imperative for the Bears to have a quality set of point guards going forward. Right now Cal has Don Coleman and Brandon Chauca as their 2017-18 points, so adding Whitt to the mix wouldn't hurt yet.

Whitt also fits the profile of a bigger, potentially defensively oriented point guard who can slide over to the two as well. At 6'4, 170 pounds with a wingspan that borders on 7 feet, Whitt could be a valuable addition to Cal's growing defensive identity.

Cal fans, your thoughts on adding Whitt as a potential transfer?