California Basketball: Point Guard Sam Singer Picks the Golden Bears

Jon HancockSenior Analyst IOctober 3, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 21:  Mike Montgomery head coach of the California Golden Bears reacts in the first half while taking on the Duke Blue Devils during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena on March 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Sam Singer, a 6'4" point guard from Miami, Florida, announced via Twitter that he has committed to California.

Singer told Evan Daniels of of his commitment, "I just figured I couldn't pass up the academic opportunity and the opportunity to play in the PAC-12 even though it's 3,000 miles away."

"I realized that Cal was the best situation for me and I'm really excited about getting out there," Singer added.

The 3-star recruit is ranked the 25th-best point guard and the 107th-best player in the 2013 class by 247Sports.Com.

Singer has a very high basketball IQ and has great size for a point guard, although he isn't as athletic as other elite prospects. says of Singer:

"Singer is a big guard and true combo who can play on or off the ball. His bread and butter is his three-point shooting stroke, which gives him a weapon that is capable of being a niche at the highest level, but his versatility is also solid."

As a junior last year he averaged 34.1 points, seven assists and seven rebounds a game at Ransom Everglades School. He also has a GPA of 3.4.

He chose California over several Division-I schools from all over the country including Auburn, Harvard, Nebraska, Stanford, Boston College and FIU.

California head coach Mike Montgomery is putting together a strong 2013 class. Last month he received commitments from 3-star shooting guard Jordan Matthews and highly recruited 5-star small forward Jabari Bird

Coach Montgomery will now shift his attention to 4-star center Marcus Lee from Antioch, California. Lee recently narrowed his list to California and Kentucky.

With schools like UCLA, Arizona and Oregon starting to pick up several top recruits, the Pac-12 is starting to become a very strong and talented basketball conference.

Coach Montgomery and the Golden Bears seem to be headed in the right direction. The fact that a highly recruited prospect is willing to leave the east coast to come play at California speaks volumes of the job Montgomery has done in his four years as the head coach.