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November 14, 2012

Signing Day Central

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BearTerritory gives you the most in-depth, detailed accounting of California's expected signees in basketball and baseball as the early signing period dawns on Wednesday morning. The Bears' hoops class is currently ranked as the No. 21 class in the nation and No. 3 in the Pac-12, with two top-100 players. David Esquer and his staff look to build on a No. 25 class from 2012 with another strong offering for 2013.


"I'm going to try and go in as a freshman and change the whole culture."

Position: Shooting Guard
High School: Richmond (Calif.) Salesian
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 180 pounds
Scouting Report:"While the dreams of a mega class didn't quite come together for Cal, they still have an outstanding early class and got the one guy that they had to have in Bird. He still needs to add strength and become a little better creating off the dribble, but his upside is tremendous. Bird is a top shelf athlete, defends, hits the glass and is one of the best mid-range jump shooters in the entire country. Unlike some other star players, Bird has little ego on the floor and is capable of getting his offense within structure while retaining the ability to step outside of that structure and create something when all else breaks down." -- Eric Bossi, Rivals.com National Basketball Recruiting Analyst

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"The atmosphere, everything is clicking with Cal. There are a lot of things that went into it, but mostly the atmosphere, the coaching staff and the players."

Position: Shooting Guard
High School: Santa Monica (Calif.)
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 195 pounds
Scouting Report: "I really feel like Cal fans will grow to like Mathews pretty quickly. At 6-foot-3 he's big enough to score on the wing and is a two that is fully capable of creating his own shots off the dribble. He can shoot with range, has a clever mid range game and handles well enough to provide spot minutes at the point. The son of a coach, it's not surprising that he's got a high basketball IQ and fully commits himself on the defensive end." -- Eric Bossi

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"My dream is, I've always wanted to play at the highest level in college, and even in the pros. Now, I've got a great opportunity to go to such a great academic school and play in the Pac-12, it's impossible to pass up."

Position: Point guard
High School: Miami (Fla.) Ransom Everglades
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 185 pounds
Scouting Report: "A solid combo guard who can stretch defenses with his shooting, Singer is a solid option and an excellent system player. He reminds me quite a bit of former Kansas player Tyrel Reed, who made a killing by burying corner jumpers off of drive and kick action. Singer is a hard worker, a good athlete and doesn't make very many mistakes." -- Eric Bossi

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Beyond the Commitment: Singer Speaks on Cal
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Singer Talks Official Visit

"The comeback from nearly losing the baseball program to making it all the way to the College World Series was awesome."

Position: RHP
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: Vacaville (Calif.) Will C. Wood
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 195 pounds
Scouting Report: Probably the highest-profile player of the 2013 Cal signing class ... Big, physical RHP ... Ranked as the No. 1 right-handed pitcher in California by Perfect Game USA ... 91-93 four-seam fastball, will touch 94 ... Pro prospect, but said even if drafted, would still come to Cal: "Honestly, what I think is going to keep me here is the education, and the value of the education. Plus, the atmosphere, it's a great school. I love the coaches, definitely. It seems like a family environment, really. I'm really, really comfortable." ... Expected to contribute in a big way from his first day on campus, either in the bullpen or in the rotation ... Will remind you of former Cal flame-thrower and Chicago White Sox second-round 2011 draft pick Erik Johnson ... Has the potential to be a 95-mph arm at some point ... Good breaking ball ... Change-up still a work-in-progress ... Throws a plus cut fastball 81-85 mph that, if he gets on the side of it, turns into a slider, which needs to be developed, but has the potential to be a solid secondary pitch ... Cutter moves down and away from righties ... Four-seam fastball has good movement, tough pitch to hit.
Haseltine Pac-12 Bound

Position: RHP/INF
Bats/Throws: L/R
High School: Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 160 pounds
Scouting Report: Former Stanford commit ... Two-way prospect as an infielder and right-handed pitcher ... Hit .366 as a junior with 22 runs, 37 hits, 29 RBI, eight doubles, three triples, 22 walks, six strikeouts, .505 SLG, .480 OBP ... 8-0, 1.26 ERA as a junior with four complete games ... Good athlete ... MVP of Central California Conference as a junior ... Played on Oakland A's Area Code team as a pitcher ... 86-91 fastball ... Good feel for his change up ... Throws strikes, knows how to compete ... Will continue to get more physical as he develops in college and goes through weight training ... Should become a good weapon on the mound ... Good defensive skills ... Could get some early time at short, and wants to try and be a true two-way player in college ... Bears like him on the mound and in the infield.
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"My brother is currently there right now and my dad went there, so it's been really familiar."

Position: Corner outfield
Bats/Throws: L/R
High School: Granite Bay (Calif.)
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 160 pounds
Scouting Report: Potentially a center fielder, but can play any outfield position ... Good speed and good instincts ... Potential leadoff or No. 2 hitter in the Cal lineup ... Could very well develop a little bit of pop before it's all said and done ... Not as physical as his older brother and current Bears starting catcher Andrew Knapp, but longer and leaner, and a very disciplined hitter ... Also the son of former Cal catcher Mike Knapp ... Will get stronger and develop more power in a college weight training program ... 2013 California Region Honorable Mention Rawlings All-American ... 2010 and 2011 Underclass Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game USA ... As a junior, hit .434 with 32 runs, 20 RBI, nine doubles, two triples and a home run ... 18 walks to 11 strikeouts in 2012, with a .536 OBP and a .645 SLG, stole 10 bases, two outfield assists ... Good chance to play as a freshman.
Knapp Follows Tradition .

"Cal is just a great program, great atmosphere, and everything just seemed to fit. The coaching staff, all the players -- all just great people."

Position: RHP
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: Union City (Calif.) Logan
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 160
Scouting Report: 86-91 four-seam fastball ... Has the potential to throw hard ... 70-72 curve is his out pitch ... Threw a one-hit complete-game shutout against Concord (Calif.) De La Salle as a sophomore in the North Coast Section title game ... Hard-nosed competitor ... Not afraid to go after hitters and attack the zone ... Quick arm, but needs to add some muscle and strength ... Also features a change up and a slider, but needs to develop those ... Plays shortstop, as well, and fits the class prototype of a good, athletic pitcher, who can get better, make adjustments and should continue to improve in college.
Martinez a Golden Bear .

Position: Middle infielder (SS/2B)
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: Auburn (Calif.) Placer
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 175 pounds
Scouting Report: Tenerowicz comes from a winning program which has won three straight section championships ... 42-12-2 in his high school career ... Wants to win, expects to win, desire to succeed ... Middle infielder who can play second, short or third, but profiles as a second or third baseman ... Has the arm strength and glove skills to play shortstop ... Absolute animal with the bat, which is his biggest weapon ... Will turn into a middle-of-the-order hitter ... Legitimate power ... Staff hopes he can be a Tony Renda-type hitter, but with more power ... Boat loads of intangibles ... Swings like a much more physical hitter than he is, but will develop a lot when he hits the weight room ... Grades out at a 9.5 by Perfect Game USA, named 2012 Underclass High Honorable Mention All-America and 2011 Underclass Honorable Mention All-America by Perfect Game USA ... The type of hitter Cal looks for -- he swings hard and is aggressive.
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"Andrew's mentality on the mound. He has a winner's mentality. He just wants the ball and he wants to win." -- De La Salle head coach David Jeans

Position: RHP
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 205 pounds
Scouting Report: Well-built premium athlete who plays for the Spartans football team as a wide receiver, corner, punt returner and punter ... As a senior on the gridiron, leads De La Salle with 20 catches for 369 yards and two touchdowns, has made 37 tackles, four interceptions for 81 return yards, recovered one fumble ... 19 punts for 721 yards, with seven inside the 20 ... Has returned nine punts for 67 yards ... Has returned two kickoffs for nine yards ... Will make a lot of adjustments and continue to improve once he can focus primarily on baseball ... De La Salle's No. 1 pitcher as a junior, going 5-2 with a 1.71 ERA, 2 complete games, 21 walks, 53 strikeouts, five extra-base hits out of 31 hits allowed with a .187 BAA ... Complete game win in NCS title game with three walks and 10 strikeouts as a junior ... Battle-tested winner who knows how to pitch in big games ... High school teammate of current Bears Mitchell Kranson and Sean Peters ... Will remind you of Colorado Rockies 27th-round 2012 draft pick Matt Flemer ... 87-90 fastball ... 78-80 slider ... 77-78 change up ... Doesn't have a plus-pitch, but knows how to pitch and how to compete ... Solid work ethic and competitive edge.
Buckley Becomes a Bear

"Nothing beats Cal."

Position: RHP
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 175 pounds
Scouting Report: 87-89 fastball, touches 90 ... Biggest weapon is a "now" slider that can and will get Pac-12 hitters out with regularity ... Hard, sweeping slider is 77-81 ... Will compete right away for innings as a freshman with his stuff ... Has good length, needs to add muscle ... Has the potential to be a high-round draft pick as a junior if he continues developing ... Didn't make the Milwaukee Brewers Area Code team despite striking out all six hitters he faced in two try-outs ... Potential wipe-out stuff ... Had heavy interest from Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, San Diego, San Diego State ... Will remind you of Joey Donofrio -- 31st-round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 -- because of his devastating slider.

"I was waiting on Stanford to see what was going on, but Cal just appealed to me. I'm just excited to go there."

Position: Third base/Catcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: San Jose (Calif.) Willow Glen
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 205 pounds
Scouting Report: Relatively quick runner for a catcher with a 7.0-second 60-yard dash, but won't wow with speed ... 2012 Underclass Second Team All-American by Perfect Game USA ... 2011 Underclass High Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game USA ... 2011 Mt. Hamilton League MVP ... Central Coast Section Sophomore of the Year in 2011 ... Definitely going to be a middle-of-the-order weapon right off the bat ... Legitimate power ... Eight home runs, 30 RBI, .489 BA with a .578 on-base percentage and a .870 OPS as a junior ... Very solid defensive catcher, despite just having started playing the position a year and a half ago ... Physical hitter, barrel-chested with broad shoulders ... Has developed into a very solid backstop and will continue to develop under former Texas Tech catcher and current Cal hitting coach Tony Arnerich ... Athletic for a catcher, very strong, hits the ball hard ... Game will translate well to college ... No-doubt pro prospect ... Will remind you of two-time All-Pac-10 catcher and 2012 ninth-round Chicago Cubs draft pick Chadd Krist, but with more power.
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