Cal men’s basketball signs 3-star big man

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Cal men’s basketball has made another addition to its class of 2019, as center D.J. Thorpe announced he will be joining the program via Twitter.

Thorpe has been listed as a three-star prospect on ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports, the last of which ranks him as the 15th best player in the state of Texas and 27th best center nationally.

The 6’8” big man is Cal’s second signee of the class of 2019, joining three-star guard Charles Smith IV, who also hails from Texas.

If the last name sounds familiar, Thorpe is the son of former basketball player Otis Thorpe, who played 17 seasons in the NBA and won a championship in 1994 with the Houston Rockets.

Thorpe will provide the Bears with some much-needed depth down low. Currently, Cal has four players 6’8” or taller, but sophomore Grant Anticevich is the only player in the group to log a minute in college thus far.

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