Jabari Bird Chooses California

By Eric Domingo

Jabari Bird, a top recruit for the class of 2013, chose California on Wednesday.

Bird played for Salesian High School in California and ranked 4th among shooting guard in ESPN‘s rankings. The California star led Salesian to the state Division IV title last season, averaging 18.7 ppg and 4.8 rpg.

The guard was also considering Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. He recently visited Berkeley over the weekend with top prospects Aaron Gordon and Marcus Lee, but felt Cal was perfect for him.

“It’s the hometown school…It’s been one of my favorites for a long time…Its’ perfect right now,” said Bird.

He’s been trying to get other top recruits to California, but most top prospects say they are not deciding until Spring.

“I’m trying to get Lee and Gordon and maybe a few other guys from SoCal…We can be the top class in 2013 if they all decided to come,” says Bird.

Ironically, Bird’s father, Carl Bird, played at California and led the team in scoring with 15.2 PPG in 1976.

I believe Jabari Bird choosing California was perfect. He grew up in California and has a lot of history with the team. His father was an elite scorer in the 1970s for the Bears, and the Bird name is popular among the college community.

“People would come up to me and say they remembered my dad and how good of a scorer he was,” said Bird.

Coincidentally, Bird’s father was taken in the 1976 NBA draft with Sonny Parker, father of Jabari Parker.

Although Parker has not committed to any school yet, maybe he should consider Cal and team up with Bird.


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