California men’s basketball coach Mike Montgomery rounded out his 2013 recruiting class in a big way. Montgomery signed 6-foot-7 Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass) forward Roger Moute a Bidias as his final recruit, joining a class headlined by 7-foot center Kameron Rooks, scorers Jabari Bird and Jordan Matthews, and Sam Singer.
Matthews, along with much of the Cal faithful, was excited to see Moute a Bidias join the Golden Bears latest recruiting class. In fact, in a May 4 tweet, Bidias was directly welcomed by Matthews, who signed in September.
— Roger Moute (@RogerMoute) May 5, 2013
Does Moute a Bidias’ name sound familiar to any Pac-12 basketball fans? Well, it should. His brother, Luc Mbah a Moute, played his college ball for UCLA from 2005-08 and has played his entire NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks to date.
Mbah a Moute may have had more of an impact than most brothers do in the recruiting process, obviously, because of his position in the Association. Moute a Bidias told Bear Insider that his brother’s opinion helped land him in Berkley. Interestingly enough, Mbah a Moute’s time with the Bruins did not bring his little brother to Westwood to play with new head coach Steve Alford.
“My brother 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,” Moute a Bidias told the Cal blog.
Cal seems to be a good fit for Moute a Bidias on the court, and off as well. He has expressed excitement to play in Cal’s fast-paced style of play and also respects its commitment to academic excellence.
John Engel is a Pac-12 college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.