Returning from an official visit to Berkeley, it didn't take long for Notre Dame Academy forward Roger Moute a Bidias to arrive at the decision many expected -to become a Golden Bear.
"When I was out there, I just felt like it was the place that I belonged," said Moute a Bidias.
†"I spent time with the guys and on campus and it felt like the place where I could spend the next four years of my life.
"I just went with my heart and my family was with me on that, too, so that's why I made the decision.
"My brother (Milwaukee Buck Luc Richard Moute) did a lot of research and made a lot of calls to kind of back up the way I felt and he and the family feel like it will be a good place for me, too.
"We both feel like it's a place where I could really evolve as a player and as a person and I'm looking forward to it."†
The 3 star forward visited the Bay Area for the first time on his official visit to Cal Wednesday-Friday and the trip confirmed his suspicions that Cal would ultimately be the the right future destination for him.
"I enjoyed my trip out there a lot, seeing the players and campus and all," said Moute a Bidias. "I'd never been out there before and I was pleasantly surprised that Berkeley was that big of a city and that it was so close to Oakland and San Francisco -just 10 to 20 minutes away. I'm from a big city so that's important to me.
"I also like all the diversity there -not just with with the students but with the community itself, including the restaurants, whether it's Italian, Mexican, Greek, you name it- I like that a lot."
Moute a Bidias also got to take in the spectacular views available in Berkeley, attending the basketball team's awards banquet in the University Club atop Memorial Stadium.
"The view's incredible," said the new commit. "There can't be many places in the world with a view like that and that's where I'd live every day. That's pretty impressive."
Moute a Bidias was hosted by junior wing Ricky Kreklow on his visit and he had a chance to get to know Kreklow as well as much of the rest of the roster.
"The players are pretty cool guys and I feel comfortable with them, said Moute a Bidias. "I didn't get to know everyone but I liked everyone I talked to."
As for how he'd fit in to the Cal roster, the 3 star forward was able to get a good feel for where he'd be able to contribute when he scrimmaged with the Cal players on his visit.
"Cal likes to get up and down the court and I like they way they play. They play a style that matches my style of play well," said Moute a Bidias. "Getting to play with the guys, I feel like I can bring some unique things to the court."
Beyond his future on the hardcourt, Moute a Bidias is looking forward to earning a world class degree at a university of international renown and familiar to most he's talked to, whether on the East Coast or abroad at his native Cameroon.†
"Cal has a great academic reputation and I'm looking forward to that aspect, too," said Moute a Bidias. "I was able to visit campus, talk to advisors and see what it would be like to be a student there. I liked it a lot.
"They have a great program to make sure players stay on track academically. That makes me feel more comfortable, too." ††
Moute a Bidias will join Mission Hills center Kameron Rooks, Salesian wing Jabari Bird, Santa Monica guard Jordan Mathews and guard Sam Singer in Cal's deep 2013 class.†
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