Kameron Rooks is averaging 17.7 points and 10.3 rebounds a game for Mission Hills.
Kameron Rooks, the 7-foot, 270-pound center who has helped Mission Hills High to a 13-2 record to open this season, has made a verbal commitment to play for Cal.
Rooks, the son of former NBA star Sean Rooks, chose the Golden Bears after visiting Arizona State, Arizona, Washington and Drake.
“There was no way I could make a bad choice,” said Rooks, a three-star recruit, according to
He is averaging 17.7 points and 10.3 rebounds a game this season.
The final decision, he said, came down to Arizona and Cal.
His father played for Arizona before a 12-year NBA career and now works in the player development office of the Phoenix Suns.
Kameron’s mother, Susie O’Brien, was one of the top players in San Diego while at San Marcos High.
“Certainly, Arizona with my dad in Tucson, was a draw,” Rooks said. “But the coaches there told me I might not play for a while.
“Cal didn’t make any promises, but said I would have the opportunity to compete for playing time as a freshman.
“I loved the coaches there, the players, the campus and the area.
“Plus, Jabari Bird (a four-star recruit, according to
Scout.com, from Richmond Salesian) has committed to Cal. That’s exciting.”
Cal coach Mike Montgomery has a reputation for developing big men, a fact Sean Rooks pointed out to his son.
“There was a lot of pressure to make a decision,” Rooks said. “But my parents left it up to me, and I’m very happy with my choice.
“Now this is behind me, so I can concentrate on this season and try and win a CIF championship for Mission Hills.”