Freshman small forward/wing MaAne' Mosley didn't have to look far to find evidence that her leanings towards Cal were a good idea, with former teammates Mikayla Cowling and Gabby Green finding instant success and happiness in Berkeley after graduating local St. Mary's High School the year before.
"It was great playing with Gabby and Mikayla," said Mosley. "They were very good role models for me coming in my sophomore year at St. Mary's.
"They really showed me the ropes and were right there with me, encouraging me and pushing me.
"I injured myself coming into my sophomore year so they were there just helping me along with that process, just guiding me through my high school experience.
"Transitioning again into college, they were again there for me, reassuring me I had what it took to make it here at Cal," said Mosley. "Also just letting me know this is going to be difficult. It's not going to be easy, knowing there's there's going to be a balance so I can't just come in and cruise. I have to come in with a purpose to get it done."
The 5'11 Mosely, rated the #15 wing nationally by ESPN/HoopGurlz, averaged 18.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game for St. Mary's, who finished the season with a 23-9 record before falling in the CIF playoffs.
When asked what she brings to the court, Mosley said: "I'm very athletic. I'm quick so that will be useful there, a big asset. I just bring a lot of energy to the game.
"I'm quick, explosive, aggressive and a big team player so I think all of that together will definitely contribute to the mix here at Cal."
Just because her teammates were at Cal and the Bears were local, there was no guarantee that Mosley would end up at Cal.
"Because we're so close, they were really there in my ear, giving me information about Cal and letting me know they were interested in me," said Mosley.
"I actually committed on Father's Day. My dad was really happy because he felt like that was pretty much the best Father's Day gift ever.
"I'd pretty much made my decision but my parents and I wanted to talk about it and set it in stone so we came in and talked to the coaches.
"After that, I felt like this is where need to be and where I fit the most and can grow my entire time here."
If you spend a little time with Mosley, you'll quickly notice a maturity and a depth uncommon in 17-year old teenagers.
Mosley would like to study law after earning her undergraduate degree at Cal and is passionate and focused on honing her communication ability.
"I'm very passionate about law but also, I really like spoken word so I feel like those two really mesh well," said Mosley. "The idea that you're speaking to an audience of people you know or don't know, you're trying to convey a point or trying to get them to feel something that's from you. So I really love that kind of concept of speaking to people and getting them to feel a certain way."
Mosley is part of ESPN/HoopGurlz 8th-rated class, joining point guard Asha Thomas, center Chen Yue, power forward Kristine Anigwe and combo guard Bre Cavanaugh.
The group has already become close-knit, helping their transition to Cal through summer bridge.
"We're goofy," said Mosley, with a smile. "But we push each other.
"We understand that we are the freshman class and we need to prove ourselves. But also, we know we need to be close-knit.
"It's going to be tough. We're going to have challenges and we need to be there for each other to help each other get through it.
"We understand that and we work hard to make that happen every day."
ESPN/HoopGurlz had this to say of Mosley's skillset:
"Mosley is an impressive athlete who finds multiple ways to be productive. A 5-11 left-handed forward, she finished on both sides of the basket, rebounded the basketball on the offensive and defensive ends all while making mid-range jumpers. Mosley has a consistent motor, making her a prospect to keep an eye on going forward."
“It feels great to be able to keep another local talent at home, suiting up for Cal Women’s Basketball,” California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said on signing day in November. “MaAne has limitless potential. She is a next-level athlete with a smooth game around the basket and on the perimeter, and her defensive tenacity is special! When she first came to our camp as a youngster, we knew she was someone we wanted to coach, and I’m really excited that she’ll be in blue and gold next year.”
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