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Mark Fox Snags First 2020 Recruit

October 9, 2019

Working in extreme stealth-mode, Mark Fox has secured his first commitment of the 2020 recruiting class. Monty Bowser, a 6-6 or 6-5 (depending on the news source) wing out of Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. Bowser chose the Bears over offers from San Diego State, UC Davis, Grand Canyon, and a slew of other California-based mid-major programs.

Bowser is a three-star recruit ranked No. 238 by 247Sports. He’s also ranked the No. 42 small forward and No. 28 player in California for the 2020 class.

Bowser looks like he could use some time in the weight room, but has a quick and high release and an ability to knock down outside shots. He also shows finesse around the rim. (Watch for No. 24 in white in the video below.)


As long as there are now transfers during or after this season (never a guarantee in college hoops, especially with a new staff), Cal will have two open scholarships as Paris Austin and Kareem South are set to graduate. Bowser’s commitment seems to be a piece in filling South’s spot as he is more of an off-the-ball scoring guard and Austin is a bit more of a point guard.

The Bears also wait on the decision of four-star recruit Jamal Mashburn Jr. out of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. The 6-2 guard is reportedly making a decision on Monday, October 14 between Minnesota and Cal. For what it’s worth, the majority of 247Sports crystal ball projections have Mashburn Jr. going to Minnesota. Mashburn Jr. visited Berkeley in September and followed that with his second official visit to Minneapolis. 

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