Mathews Makes It Two For Cal

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By Jim McGill, Staff Writer
Posted Sep 9, 2012
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After getting word of a big commitment from Salesian wing Jabari Bird earlier this week, the good news continued for the Bears with 6-3/190 Santa Monica High School combo guard Jordan Mathews' commitment to Cal this weekend.

"I'm very happy for Jordan and his family," said Santa Monica head coach James Hecht. "I'm excited for Cal, too.

"I think Cal's getting an outstanding young man, both on and off the court. He's a kid with tremendous work ethic and he has a very high ceiling. I think his best basketball is still to come."

Prior to this weekend, Mathews, who was recently leaning toward the Bears, cancelled his other official visits, sending strong signals that he'd soon be committing to Cal.

The son of former USF head coach and current UCLA assistant Phil Mathews, the 4 star Mathews is a student of the game and a big-time scorer, averaging 22.5 points per game for the Vikings.

Earning Ocean League MVP, Mathews led Santa Monica to the league championship, as well as the third round of the CIF regionals.

On the CIF circuit, Mathews teamed with top Cal targets Marcus Lee and Torren Jones and could be another strong drawing card combined with Bird to bring one or both of the coveted big men in for Cal.

The Bears secured Mathews commitment over league rivals Colorad and USC, along with Kansas State, Marquette, Wake Forest and San Diego State.

Both Mathews and Bird plan to sign with the Bears on the November 14 early signing date.

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