April 17, 2013
BERKELEY - California head men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery announced the signing of San Diego area scholastic standout Kameron Rooks to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.
"We are really excited Kameron has chosen to be a Golden Bear," Montgomery said. "He has an unlimited future. Kameron is a tremendous competitor who will only improve as he matures and gets stronger. I am happy to have a Rooks on my side for a change after some great battles with his dad [Sean] through the years."
A 7-0 center, Rooks starred at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, Calif. where he guided the Grizzlies to their first ever California Interscholastic Federation championship. Rooks was named Mission Hills' first ever California Interscholastic Federation Player of the year, also garnering First Team All-North County Conference and First-Team all-league laurels as a senior this past season. The senior is rated the 22nd-best center in the nation by ESPN.com. With Rooks leading the way, the Grizzlies set a school-record for wins in a season, finishing the 2012-13 campaign with a 29-5 overall record.
Rooks, who was also named the San Diego Union-Tribune 2013 Player of the Year, averaged 17.9 points, 11 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game this season while shooting 65 percent from the field. He was selected to play in the San Diego County Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game, where he scored 13 points for the north squad earlier this month.
Rooks' father, Sean, was a four-year standout at Arizona before being selected with the 30th overall pick of the 1992 NBA Draft. Sean played 12 seasons in the NBA where he appeared in 749 games and scored nearly 5,000 points and collected nearly 3,000 rebounds.
Rooks joins guards Jabari Bird, Jordan Mathews and Sam Singer, who signed with Cal this past fall, in a Golden Bear recruiting class rated top-20 in the nation by several national recruiting services.