Cal Golden Bears Pick Up Recruit; British Center Kingsley Okoroh Decommits From Tennessee

Coupled with the announcement Tuesday that former Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin was the new men’s basketball coach for the Cal Golden Bears came news of a recruit who has opted to follow Martin to Berkeley.

British center Kingsley Okoroh, a 7-foot-1 prospect who played at Westwind Prep in Phoenix last season, announced via Twitter he was decommitting from Tennessee to come to Cal.


It’s the nature of the beast—players are often committing more to the coach or the playing style than the proverbial “name on the front of the jersey.”

Another example of that may be Idrissa Diallo, a prospect out of Los Angeles’ Cathedral High School who committed to the Golden Bears in November. According to his AAU coach, the self-described “legendary coach and entrepreneur” William Middlebrooks (it’s right there on his website,, so it’s got to be true), Diallo is reopening his recruitment:


The spring signing period began Wednesday and continues until May, a time frame that gives high school players the opportunity to wait until the coaching carousel begins to at least slow down, rather than signing a letter of intent early at potentially being left at the altar (or in this case, freshman orientation) by a coach who leaves for another job or who is fired.

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