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Cal basketball recruiting targeting 2017 PF Ira Lee, other Pac-12 teams in the mix

The Bears are looking for a big time 2017 recruiting class and one piece to the puzzle can be found in Northern California.

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Compared to the stellar 2015 class which included consensus five-star players Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown, the 2016 class is light on star power.

Tyrone Wallace is graduating while Jaylen Brown declared for the NBA Draft this season. Jordan Matthews, Jabari Bird and Sam Singer are set to graduate after the 2016-17 season which means that the Bears have some work to do on the recruiting trail to keep up with the rest of the Pac-12 in terms of bringing in talent.

The Bears are in the fight for several high-profile 2017 recruits, including Napa Valley Prolific Prep power forward Ira Lee.

Lee holds offers from Arizona, Cal, Connecticut, Oregon, Washington, USC, Texas, Arizona State and UCLA. Lee visited Cal during the Bears' home victory against Arizona and he hopes to visit the Wildcats, Ducks and Longhorns as well.

In an interview with Rivals Lee states that coaching, style of play and education are important factors in which program he will ultimately commit to play for. You can watch his interview with Rivals below.

Highlights of Lee playing for USA Basketball can be seen below.

Lee is an athletic big who can finish with authority around the rim and would go a long way to solidifying the Bears' future low-post play.  Lee plans on cutting his list down a bit around April, so the Bears will have to hope the success of Brown and Rabb at Cal will help their chances of securing a great class in 2017.