May 13, 2013
BERKELEY - California head men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery announced the signing of 6-7 forward Roger Moute a Bidias to a National Letter of Intent.
"We are really excited Roger has decided to join our program," Montgomery said. "He is an extremely athletic young man with great upside. Roger is a very engaging individual that I think is going to be a tremendous asset to the Cal community."
Moute a Bidias began playing organized basketball in 2009 in his homeland of Cameroon before coming to the United States in 2011. The forward was a standout at Montverde Academy in Florida before completing his scholastic career at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. under head coach Ryan Hurd this past winter. In his one season at Notre Dame Prep, he averaged a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds) to help guide the Crusaders to the National Prep Championship semifinals this past March. Moute a Bidias helped lead Notre Dame Prep to a 78-76 victory over top-seeded Massanutten Military Academy in the quarterfinal-round, before a 65-62 defeat to eventual prep national champion Northfield Mount Hermon in the semifinals.
Moute a Bidias is the younger brother of former Division I standouts Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA) and Emmanuel Bidias a Moute (UCSB and Texas State-San Marcos). Luc Richard Mbah Moute led UCLA to three-straight Final Fours in his three years with the Bruins before being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2008 NBA Draft. Mbah Moute has averaged 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in three seasons with the Bucks.
Moute a Bidias joins guards Jabari Bird, Jordan Mathews, Sam Singer and Kameron Rooks, who previously signed with Cal, in a Golden Bear recruiting class rated top-20 in the nation by several national recruiting services.