April 12, 2012
BERKELEY - Kahlil Johnson, a 6-7, 190-pound forward from Price High School in Los Angeles - the same school that produced current Golden Bears Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon - has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at California. Johnson becomes the third member of the Bears' recruiting class, joining guard Tyrone Wallace and forward Kaileb Rodriguez, who signed with Cal in November.
Johnson averaged 16 ppg for Price last season, helping the Knights to a 26-9 overall record. Price reached the state Division IV championship game with a 73-66 victory over Serra in the Southern Regional final behind 26 points and 10 rebounds from Johnson. He scored 17 points in a losing effort to Salesian in the championship contest.
"Kahlil is a wing-type player that is highly skilled and is a good shooter who gives us great flexibility and the ability to move our players around and create match-up problems," Cal head coach Mike Montgomery said. "He can play multiple positions, and has improved tremendously in the last year. We are delighted to have him and think he's going to be a great addition to our program."
Johnson played at Price for one season in 2011-12 after transferring in from Palisades HS. As a junior, he contributed 8.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg for Palisades.
Wallace, a 6-4 guard from Bakersfield, is considered one of the top 100 players in the country by virtually every recruiting service, while the 6-9, 200-pound Rodriguez is a three-star prospect out of Highlands Ranch, Colo.
As a team, Cal returns three starters from last year's squad that finished second in the Pac-12 and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament. Crabbe, a first-team all-conference choice as a sophomore, paced the Bears with 15.2 ppg, while guard Justin Cobbs earned Pac-12 honorable mention honors and forward David Kravish was picked for the five-man Pac-12 All-Freshman squad.