Cal men’s basketball lands commitment from German big man Lars Thiemann

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Cal men’s basketball has continued to accumulate young talent, earning a commitment from German big man Lars Thiemann.

“I’m happy and proud to announce that I will join Cal next season,” Thiemann told ESPN. “I’m incredibly excited to be a part of Mark Fox’s very first recruiting class. I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to attend such an academically prestigious university while playing college basketball at a level like the Pac-12. They recruited me harder than any other school and I can’t wait to arrive on campus in Berkeley. I am ready to take the next step in my career.”

Thiemann, who boasts a 7-foot, 250-pound frame, averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds in 28 minutes for Leverkusen in the German NBBL U19 league last season.

The center becomes the fourth international commit in Cal’s incoming class of 2019, joining Joel Brown (Canada), Kuany Kuany (Australia) and Dimitrios Klonaras (Greece). D.J. Thorpe is currently the only player from the United States in this recruiting class.

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