The Bears went down under to get bigger, obtaining a commitment from Newington College (Sydney, Australia NSW) forward Grant Anticevich tonight.
The 6-8/210 Aussie visited Cal for the Oregon game on February 22 and was immediately taken with the Bay Area and with the Cal coaching staff on his trip to the states.
"My high school went on a tour to the states over Christmas break and before that I contacted them and a few coaches in Australia that knew the Cal coaching staff called and mentioned me," said Anticevich. "I sent them some video of me and I started talking to them in early February before visiting."
The Sydney native ended up coming back to the states to visit Cal last week for the Oregon game as well as Davidson in North Carolina.
"I'd been to the Bay Area before and I like it a lot," said Anticevich. "I like Coach Martin and the coaches a lot, too. They're great people. Really genuine, great people. I knew that was the type of environment and type of people that I wanted to be around."
Anticevich averaged 21 points, 17 rebounds and six assists playing for his high school team and 10 points and 5.5 rebounds on 51% shooting from the field for his state U20 team early this year.
"It was great playing for the U20 team," said Anticevich. "You get to play against some of the best players in the state."
The incoming freshman has a well-rounded game, including shooting 89% from the line in U20 play this year.
"I thing my strengths are rebounding and my versatility," noted Anticevich, when asked about the strengths of his game. "I like to play unselfishly and make good decisions. I like to shoot the 3 ball but also like the mid-range game."
Anticevich will join guard Jemarl Baker, wing Juhwan Harris-Dyson and SF Justice Sueing in the 2017 class for Cal. Senior Trevin Knell will delay enrollment two years to take his Mormon mission and arrive in 2019.
To view Anticevich's senior highlights, use the embedded viewer below: