WASHINGTON, D.C. – California sophomore guard Jabari Bird has been invited to participate in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy, representing the top 15 collegiate wings in the nation.
The 6-6 Bird traveled to Washington, D.C. for the three-day academy going on this weekend (June 27-29). The prestigious academy consists of five workouts run by Durant, the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player.
Bird played in 31 of Cal’s 35 games as a freshman last season, starting 12 contests. He averaged 8.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game. The dynamic guard started all three games during the Bears’ run to the quarterfinals of the postseason NIT, averaging 16.7 ppg. in 28.3 minutes per contest during the three-game span. Bird posted a career-best 24 points on six three points, including a three-pointer with 1:25 to play to lead Cal to victory over Oakland in his third career collegiate game. He poured in 17 points to go along with seven rebounds against Syracuse in the Maui Invitational. A 2013 McDonald’s All-American, Bird arrived at Cal from nearby Richmond, Calif. as a consensus top-20 signee nationally.
Bird and the Bears open the Cuonzo Martin era at Cal on November 14 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif.