BERKELEY – California men’s basketball has signed a pair of four-star prospects in Jemarl Baker and Juhwan Harris-Dyson, head coach Cuonzo Martin announced. The California-grown duo signed National Letters of Intent to join the Golden Bears Wednesday.
An ESPN Top 100 recruit out of Roosevelt High School, Baker ranks as the 66th overall recruit in the nation by ESPN and 88th by Scout. He is among California’s top 10 players and the consensus 20th-ranked shooting guard, according to both scouting services.
“Jemarl is one of the best shooters in the country. His ability to make shots and make plays for his teammates is what makes him one of the best combo guards in California,” Martin said. “His passion for the game and his work ethic are second to none. He will be a fun player to watch here at Cal.”
Harris-Dyson, a 6-5 guard from Sherman Oaks, Calif., is among the state’s most highly touted prospects who skyrocketed through the national rankings after a strong summer of club ball.
“Juhwan is one of the more exciting players to watch. His ability to sprint in transition and attack the rim is breathtaking,” Martin said. “He was arguably the best perimeter defender on the summer circuit. His first step in the half court is quick and explosive. In his career at Cal, he’ll have a lot of exciting finishes at the rim.”
The duo will also add another boost of on-court chemistry for the Bears after playing on the AAU circuit together with the Earl Watson Elite squad.
This summer, the 6-4, Eastvale, Calif. product Baker earned Most Valuable Player honors after leading Earl Watson to the Las Vegas Fab 48 17U Invitational title. Baker scored 20 points in the championship game, including four triples.
A three-year varsity starter for Roosevelt, Baker averaged 16 points as a junior and connected on 44 percent of his 3-point attempts. He led his high school to a program-record 23 wins, as well as a share of the Big VIII League title and the CIF-Southern Section Open Division playoffs. Baker also knocked down eight 3-pointers in a midseason loss to eventual state champion and national No. 1 Chino Hills. He was a first-team HSGameTime All-Area selection.
As a junior at Heritage Christian School, Harris-Dyson was a second-team All-Area selection after averaging 14.7 points and 13.6 rebounds. He was listed No. 37 on Cal-Hi Sports’ Top 100 players for the class of 2017.
An athletic and versatile guard, Harris-Dyson ranks 31st at his position according to ESPN’s Top 100, and 29th among Scout’s service, while ESPN rates him as the 13th best player in the state and Scout has him at fifth overall.
“We are happy to have two top-notch student-athletes in Jemarl and Juhwan join our Cal basketball family,” Martin added.