Bird is one of the top recruits
By Jim Halley, USA TODAY
Salesian (Richmond, Calif.) guard Jabari Bird announced Wednesday that he plans to play basketball at the University of California next season, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The 6-6 Bird is one of the top recruits in the country. He took an official visit to the Berkeley campus this past weekend, then canceled other scheduled visits to Washington, Oregon and Colorado. The first day he can sign a national letter of intent is Nov. 14, the first day of the early signing period for basketball.
He led Salesian to the state Division IV title last season, averaging 18.7 points and 4.8 rebounds. Considered the No. 20 player in the 2013 class by Rivals.com, Bird is the first commitment in his class for Cal coach Mike Montgomery.
Bird went on his visit with fellow 2013 recruits Marcus Lee of Deer Valley (Antioch, Calif.) and Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty (San Jose).
Bird’s father Carl played at Cal and was the team’s leading scorer at 15.2 points a game in 1976.
Interestingly, Carl Bird was taken in the 1976 NBA draft, the same year another father of a top recruit named Jabari, Sonny Parker, was taken in the NBA draft.