Nov. 14, 2007
D.J. Seeley and Garrett Sim, a pair of highly regarded guards, have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at the University of California, Golden Bear head coach Ben Braun announced Wednesday.
Seeley measures 6-4 and 190 pounds and plays at Modesto Christian High School this season after transferring from Tokay High in Lodi. Rated the No. 53 overall recruit and No. 10 shooting guard in the country by rivals.com, he is also ranks No. 55 overall and No. 11 among shooting guards by scout.com. In addition, Seeley earned first-team Best in the West honors from the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
"D.J. is a very explosive player with the ball," Braun said. "His is difficult to contain and has a fine mid-range game. While he has a great scoring mentality, he can also create for his teammates. D.J. will be a welcome addition at the wing spot."
As a junior at Tokay in 2006-07, Seeley averaged 25.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.3 apg and 3.4 spg. He shot 49.3 percent from the field and 76.8 percent from the free throw line, and scored at least 30 points seven times, including a high of 34 vs. West HS. During his sophomore season, Seeley helped Tokay to a runner-up finish in the CIF NorCal tournament.
Sim, who stands 6-1, 175, plays point guard for Sunset High School in Portland, Ore. Tabbed an honorable mention prep All-American by The Sporting News and voted to the Best in the West second team, he contributed 18.5 ppg, 7 apg, 4 rpg and 2 spg last season en route to earning Metro League Player of the Year honors.
"Garrett is very quick off the dribble and has deep range on his jumper," Braun said. "With the college three-point line increasing next year, he will help spread defenses, especially in the post. I also like his ability to attack the basket to score and find open men."
Sim is the second player from Sunset High to sign to play at Cal under Braun. Center Sam Rayburn signed with the Bears in the fall of 2003, but received a medical hardship waiver following knee surgery. He currently works as a student assistant in the basketball office.