Cal Signs Talented Quartet

Gary Franklin

Allen Crabbe, Gary Franklin, Alex Rossi and Richard Solomon signed their National Letters of Intent to California on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period for high school seniors. Scout.com currently ranks the class as the 17th best in the country…

"We're really pleased with the recruiting class that we have," California head coach Mike Montgomery said.

"We knew this was going to be a big year. This group of four is really an outstanding group of kids, and we still have one scholarship available. It's a very good group and they're very good individually. Given where we were, what we're going to lose and what we're looking at down the road, this was an extremely important group for us, and I think we came up big. It's kind of exciting. Considering we lose Jerome [Randle], Patrick [Christopher], Theo [Robertson] and Jamal [Boykin], specifically those guys along with Nikola (Knezevic), this is a good group of replacements."

6'5, G/F Allen Crabbe (Los Angeles, Price High School) – When the wing from Los Angeles committed back in December of 2008, it went without much media attention. It's a safe bet, though, that he'll end up creating quite a bit of attention by the time he finishes up his career in Berkeley.

"When Allen Crabbe first committed back on Christmas Day, it kind of set the tone," Montgomery said. "He's improved tremendously and he's proving to be a really good player that we're really excited about."

6'2, G Gary Franklin (Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei High School) – Originally committing to USC, Franklin was bound to be a thorn in the side of Cal for four years. But, Tim Floyd's exit allowed Franklin to step back and look at things again leading him to Berkeley.

"Gary Franklin was one of the most sought after players, certainly in the West, if not the country," Montgomery said.

"He's got size at the point. He can really shoot the ball and come off pick and rolls. He's in a very successful program; they won the state championship. He's been a starter there for years. I think it gives us some national credibility. He's strong, has range and he's got a really quick release. I've watched him at times, and he would recognize that his team needed some scoring and then, all of the sudden, he makes four of five straight threes."

6'5, G Alex Rossi (Winnetka, Ill., New Trier Township High School) – The only member of the class to come from outside the state of California, the Chicago star is arguably the best spot up shooter in the class of 2010.

"Alex Rossi is one of the best shooters in the country out of Chicago and New Trier High School, where I had one of my favorite players, Matt Lottich, who played for me for four years," Montgomery said.

"We're really excited about Alex because he can shoot the ball. Shooting the ball is a commodity that you can't teach. He's one of the quickest shooters and he understands the game, so that will really help us, given what we're losing."

6'9, F Richard Solomon (Los Angeles, Price High School) – Quite frankly, Solomon is the wildcard of the bunch. He's long, rangy, quick off his feet and can run like a much smaller player.

"Richard Solomon is a late developer," Montgomery said. "Toward the end of his junior year, he was really starting to come into his own. He kept getting a lot of attention. He's gotten stronger and he gives us a quick, away-from-the-basket big guy that can rebound the ball. He has tremendous upside and we're seeing rapid improvements as we speak."

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