Cal's rapidly-growing 2013 class was joined today with the commitment of Ransom Everglades (Miami, FL) point guard Sam Singer after a pair of West Coast unofficial visit to Berkeley sealed the deal for the Bears.
The 6-4/190 Singer averaged an amazing 34 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds a game for Ransom in 2011-12 and has the versalitility and size to play either the 1 or 2 -as does 2012 frosh Tyrone Wallace.
"When I went out there, I was on campus and was really able to see myself there," said Singer. "I think Cal's the best situation for me -athletically, socially and academically and Coach Montgomery and staff are perfect for me.
"When I was there, they drew out their plan for me and I was really able to see myself there. I'm going back out there the first weekend in November with my parents on my official visit."
Singer was able to form a close bond with the Montgomery's -head coach Mike Montgomery and assistant coach John Montgomery and sees both coach's styles as a perfect fit for him.
"They both have a similar philosophy to mine and I can really see myself fitting in with their system there," said Singer.
Location and academics were also a strong draw for Singer, coming from another desirable location in Miami and a strong academic backgroung at Ransom Everglades with a 3.4 gpa and 28 score on the ACT.
"Absolutely, the Bay Area's a big draw for me," said Singer. "It's close to San Francisco, too, which is beautiful and the academic opportunity to be at the number one public institution in the country is part of the opportunity I just couldn't pass up."
With strong all-around stats, Singer's not content to rest on his laurels and plans to continue to work hard to refine his game.
"I think what I'll be working on most is my defense," said Singer. "As far as strengths, as a big guard, I'm a scorer and handle the ball well, making my teammates better."
Part of the appeal for Cal was the dual opportunity to see the court at either the 1 or 2 spots for the Bears, with the Bears placing a premium on roster versatility to present matchup problems for opposing teams.
"Whatever gets me on the court the most, I'm happy to do," said Singer. "I grew up a point, with the ball in my hands, but I'm comfortable at both spots."
The 3 star Singer joins Top 100 shooting guard Jordan Mathews and 5 star wing Jabari Bird in Cal's 2013 class. The trio will also likely be joined by 1-2 more bigs, with prime candidates including Deer Valley power forward/center Marcus Lee, La Lumiere School power forward Torren Jones, Mitty power forward Aaron Gordon or Findlay Prep forward Gavin Schilling in 2013.
To view Singer's junior highlights, use the embedded viewer below: