Between the departure of head coach Cuonzo Martin, Ivan Rabb’s decision to officially declare for the 2017 NBA draft, the hiring of new head coach Wyking Jones and loss of 4-star recruit Jemarl Baker, it has been a busy few weeks for the Men’s Basketball program here at Cal. Despite the reaction from some Cal players being positive, serious concerns remain regarding the current state of our roster, especially with the loss of key recruit. That said, there is an abundance of attractive players who have opted to transfer from their current universities that would fit in nicely at Cal, the question is; can Wyking Jones deliver and start his reign as Cal’s new head coach with a sense of optimism that a big name hire would have supplied?
Here are a few of the more interesting names that Jones and his staff could potentially go after:
Elijah Brown – Brown’s decision to graduate and transfer from New Mexico is a big blow to their program. In the 2016-17 season, the 6-foot-4 guard averaged 18.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. That sort of offensive production would be a huge addition for Cal. It would allow Charlie Moore to play more so as a true one-guard who orchestrates the offense without worrying about having to create his own shot. Brown’s addition might enable Cal to not finish 11th in scoring offense in the Pac-12 next season. As an Orange County native and whose father, Mike Brown, is the assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors, he has connections to California and specifically the Bay area.
Chase Jeter – As a former McDonald’s All-American and 5-star recruit, Jeter would be a solid addition to any team in the NCAA. After signing with Duke, Jeter was marred with injuries that left him sidelined for much of the two years he spent there. Although, when he did play, the 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward showed the incredibly high ceiling he has. His performance in Duke’s destruction of Marist earlier this season, one in which he put up 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 18 minutes, show his potential. Although he has to redshirt next season, he would still have two years of eligibility, which could provide depth once Marcus Lee and Cole Welle have graduated. His father has been quoted saying, “I think the West Coast is good for him,” and that they are “looking at the Pac-12 right now,” which could bode well for Cal.
Vance Jackson – Cal had previously targeted Jackson as a recruit in 2016, going as far as sending him an offer, which he turned down when he chose UConn. While UConn’s injuries that forced him to out of position, leaving his numbers this season not awe-inspiring (8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds), he did finish shooting just under 40 percent from 3-point range. This type of shooting is something Cal desperately needs with the departure of Grant Mullin’s skills from beyond the arc, 43 percent this season. Although he is originally from Southern California, he finished his High School career in Napa alongside future lottery pick Josh Jackson. The connection to LA and the Bay, as well as the tournament experience both here and at Louisville, could provide Jones with a decent chance of adding much needed outside shooting to our line up.
Peter Kiss – Kiss, who just was granted his release to transfer from Quinnipiac this afternoon and has already seen interest from Cal. In the 2016-17 season, he averaged 13 points, 5 rebounds and just over 2 assists per game. In the one ranked game the Bobcats played this year against Gonzaga, Kiss had full stat line including 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block and 2 steals. Those types of numbers from a complete two-guard would definitely be a great addition for Cal, considering the loss of Rabb to the draft and the seniors departing. Recruiting Kiss would be a bit of a surprise, much in the same sense that Jones’ hiring was a bit of a surprise, but both could turn out to be the kind of spark needed this season.
So far, he's received interest from St. John's, Cal, seton hall, auburn, & Fordham. https://t.co/3PtTWptEXj— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 30, 2017
Who would you like to see Jones go after most?