The California Golden Bears Basketball recruiting class for 2020 got a bit stronger, in the recruiting rankings world at least. Monty Bowser, who committed to Cal back in October of last year and signed his letter of intent in November, was recently bumped into the final top 150 prospects for the class of 2020 by the recruiting website 247Sports.
He moved from No. 190 to No. 136 in the overall rankings, landing in their ‘Final Class of 2020 Basketball Rankings’ this past week.
Bowser told 247Sports that the coaching staff at Cal is ultimately what brought his pledge to the Bears.
“Really it was their coaching staff,” Bowser said of his decision. “They’re bringing in a new coaching staff but they kept Coach (Marty) Wilson, who I kept a really good relationship with. I visited and they put out a plan for me of what my future is going to look like. I was really intrigued by that and that’s where I wanted to be.”
He stands at 6’6, 185 pounds and is likely to play a small forward role on Cal’s roster. He’s the 23rd-ranked small forward and 15th-best player overall in the state of California as he hails from Bishop O’Dowd in Oakland.
Josh Gershon of 247Sports wrote in his evaluation of Bowser that he is a Power-5 Starter with great upside.
Late-blooming forward who has made consistent progress throughout high school career. Good size, pretty long arms and plus athlete. Still pretty physically immature and frame will hold plenty of strength. Has really improved athletically as he has gotten stronger. Smooth stroke with range to perimeter. Adding to ball skills should help his production. Has upside as defender due to physical tools. Projects as high major starter if significant trajectory is any indication.
Welcome to Berkeley, Monty! We’re excited to see you on the hard court!
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