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Bears Pull Off a Surprise With Anyanwu's Signing

November 13, 2020
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Seldom does a player of note slip far enough off a fan base's radar as a signing option to be a surprise, but the Bears pulled a surprise today, announcing the signing of 6-7/220 Cathedral Catholic PF Obinna Anyanw to a National Letter of Intent.

Rated the 4 stars on Rivals and 3 stars (89 grade) and the number 24 power forward in the country, Anyanwu was a nice pickup to round out the 2021 class, which includes wing Sam Alajiki‍ and Bishop O’Dowd guard Marsalis Roberson‍.

Anyanwu announced his signing today via Twitter video, saying:

“I’m excited to sign my National Letter of Intent today to join the Cal Bears. I wanted to thank Coach Fox and the whole Cal basketball program as we work to reach our goals. 

“Stay safe, God bless and Go Bears!”

Anyanwu, a senior at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, is a two-time CIF champion and one of the top-rated forwards in the state of California. He earned CIF San Diego Section First Team honors each of the past two years and was an all-state selection as a freshman. With his AAU team, Dream Vision, Anyanwu won the 2016 AAU Division I national championship.

“Obinna is big and can play the three or the four position,” Fox said. “He’s physically imposing, and his motor is what immediately drew us to him. He’s relentless and attacks the basket and the boards with energy. His skills have developed to where he can now consistently knock down the outside jump shot, and we see him only getting better.”

Anyanwu was rated in the Top 100 in the 2021 class until going through a car accident that hurt his stock but he appears to be healthy at present.

The Bears beat out USC, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Texas, LSU and Miami for Anyanwu’s services.

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Bears Pull Off a Surprise With Anyanwu's Signing

2,225 Views | 8 Replies | Last: 9 days ago by calumnus
helltopay1
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Three good signings..Have to think this helps with Mahaney and the soph center at O'Dowd. 2020 has been the year from Hell but these three pieces will help Cal now and in thge future. Coach em up!!!
59bear
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Anwanu is a very nice surprise. While not drawing high major offers, Roberson is from a quality program and Alajiki at least looks like a basketball player. In this era of one/done, if you can't bring in multiple 5 star guys annually you'd better be able to develop raw talent if you are to succeed.
HoopDreams
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59bear said:

Anwanu is a very nice surprise. While not drawing high major offers, Roberson is from a quality program and Alajiki at least looks like a basketball player. In this era of one/done, if you can't bring in multiple 5 star guys annually you'd better be able to develop raw talent if you are to succeed.
Texas and Oklahoma aren't high major?
Big C
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helltopay1 said:

Three good signings..Have to think this helps with Mahaney and the soph center at O'Dowd. 2020 has been the year from Hell but these three pieces will help Cal now and in thge future. Coach em up!!!

Yeah, for those two guys we'd really like to get, the narrative could be that they'd be the final two pieces to the puzzle. I mean, at least we'd have a narrative!
Intuit
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Mark Fox is building a roster that can be expected to appeal to both Mahaney and Lewis.

Now with two talented recruiting classes admitted and playing back to back the future franchise recruits, Mahaney and Lewis) will be able to witness Cal's talented players throughout the roster. The priority recruits will be able to analyze the program, evaluate the Fox system, manner of play and make their own personal decision about the fit.

The California program they will be considering will feature proven mature upper class players which will ease their assimilation into the highest competitive level. With a proven veteran roster they will not be expected to assume leadership, statistically carry the team or exceed unreasonable performance expectations.
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HoopDreams said:

59bear said:

Anwanu is a very nice surprise. While not drawing high major offers, Roberson is from a quality program and Alajiki at least looks like a basketball player. In this era of one/done, if you can't bring in multiple 5 star guys annually you'd better be able to develop raw talent if you are to succeed.
Texas and Oklahoma aren't high major?


He was referencing Roberson there....
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HoopDreams said:

59bear said:

Anwanu is a very nice surprise. While not drawing high major offers, Roberson is from a quality program and Alajiki at least looks like a basketball player. In this era of one/done, if you can't bring in multiple 5 star guys annually you'd better be able to develop raw talent if you are to succeed.
Texas and Oklahoma aren't high major?
I believe 59 is referring to local star Roberson who is rated by 247 with 4**** but his best offer other than Cal might be Nebraska followed by Loyola Marymount.
calumnus
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It will be fun to root for these guys.

Go Bears!
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