Four-star commit Tyson Jolly asks Cal men’s basketball for release

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A bad week for Cal men’s basketball has gotten even worse.

On Sunday, recruit Tyson Jolly announced that he is decommitting from Cal and opening back up his recruitment process.

Given the uncertainty at Cal, I have decided 2 ask out of my LOI and reopen my recruitment,” Jolly said in a tweet on Sunday. “This was not an easy decision, but the right 1.”

It appears that Jolly, a four-star recruit, has not officially been let out of his letter of intent just yet.

Jolly is a 6-foot-4-inch, approximately 180-pound guard who had signed his letter of intent Nov. 11 after verbally committing to the Bears in April 2015. He played this season at Elev8 Sports Institute in Delray Beach, Florida. Jolly had originally been expected to join the team for the 2015-16 season, but instead went to Elev8 for a year after reportedly learning his academic credits were short of what was required.

The announcement comes after No. 4 seed Cal fell to No. 13 seed Hawaii in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Spokane, Washington. Not only did the Bears’ season end last week, but assistant coach Yann Hufnagel was also fired Monday after an investigation revealed he had allegedly sexually harassed a female reporter. Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin has not yet been signed to a new contract and is still working off his original offer sheet. 

The team is expected to lose freshmen Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown to the 2016 NBA Draft this spring, in addition to senior Tyrone Wallace.

Alaina Getzenberg covers men’s basketball. Contact her at [email protected].Follow her on Twitter @agetzenberg.