Cal men’s basketball head coach Mark Fox snagged two recruits this week after Monty Bowser and Jalen Celestine signed their national letters of intent. Celestine, a 6’6″ shooting guard from Long Island, and Bowser, a 6’5″ small forward from Oakland, are rated as three-star recruits by 247Sports.
Celestine initially announced his commitment Nov. 5 on Instagram, and Bowser announced his Oct. 9 via Twitter. They both signed they letters of intent Wednesday. Although it is likely to change, the Bears currently have the third-best recruiting class among the Pac-12, and the 67th-best nationally. Last year the team was eighth and 66th, respectively.
Bowser currently plays for Bishop O’Dowd High School, the same high school of former Cal player and NBA draft pick Ivan Rabb, as well as current guard Paris Austin. Bowser was named to the honorable mention teams of the SF Chronicle’s 2018-19 All-Metro boys basketball teams and the All-Bay Area News Group. All the way from New York, Celestine plays for Long Island Lutheran and earned a spot on the New York State Sportswriters Association all-state team.
For both players, Cal was their only major-conference offer. Nevertheless, landing two highly rated recruits for the Bears’ 2020-2021 squad is a good sign for the future growth of this team. It also indicates the beginning of the end of Fox’s recruiting troubles from taking over a team — after multiple prominent players transferred this offseason.
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