Cal men’s basketball commit requests release from national letter of intent

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Charles Smith IV, a member of Cal men’s basketball’s class of 2019, has requested a release from his national letter of intent.

Smith, a 6’5” shooting guard from Houston, Texas, was the first player to commit to Cal’s incoming class of 2019, a group that also features Joel Brown and D.J. Thorpe. Smith committed to the program under former head coach Wyking Jones, who has since been fired.

Rated four stars by ESPN and three stars by 247Sports and Rivals, Smith also fielded offers from schools such as USC, Washington State, Georgia Tech and LSU.

Cal’s roster has been in flux since the season’s end. Darius McNeill recently announced he would be transferring to Southern Methodist University, while Justice Sueing, Connor Vanover, Juhwan Harris-Dyson and Roman Davis have all entered the transfer portal.

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