Cal is looking to load up on guards named Jordan for this upcoming recruiting cycle, apparently, as they became the latest team to offer Torrance (Ca.) Bishop Montgomery product Jordan Schakel.
The Bears have been recruiting him for quite a while now, but have only recently offered Schakel a scholarship.
2017 Cal Supreme SG Jordan Schakel has been offered by #Cal.— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) May 6, 2016
Here is where Schakel stands in the rankings of the major recruiting services:
ESPN: 4-stars, 6th ranked player in California, 11th ranked player in his region
Rivals: 3-stars, 146th ranked player in the nation
Scout: 4-stars, 95th ranked player nationally
247Sports: 3-stars, 172nd ranked player nationally, 16th ranked player in California
The Bears will have to beat Rice, Stanford and USC to secure his commitment. Here is what Schakel had to say back in November about what he is looking for out of his recruitment, courtesy of Scout.
"I want a great academic place and a system that fits how I play; strong on defense, moves the ball and plays together," Schakel said.
We know Cal is in good shape as far as playing strong defense, and hopefully the Bears can learn to move the ball more efficiently this upcoming season now that ball dominant players in Jaylen Brown and Tyrone Wallace have moved on to the NBA.
Schakel sites academics as points of interest favoring Stanford, Cal and Rice, while he notes that both his parents went to USC and it is close to home.
Watching Schakel on tape you can see that he is a dynamic scorer as he can knock down jumpers from deep and mid-range. He can also drive to the basket and finish in a variety of ways, including a Wallace-esque floater.
At 6'5 he is long and athletic, which fits the profile Cuonzo Martin is looking for as he attempts to build the Bears into a defensive powerhouse.
What do you all think of Schakel's game based on the highlight reel?