BERKELEY – California head men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has announced the addition of forward Dwight Tarwater to the program on Thursday.
Tarwater, who recently earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University after four seasons with the Big Red, is a graduate transfer to the University of California, Berkeley and will be eligible to compete for the Golden Bears for the 2014-15 season.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dwight to the Cal Family,” Martin said. “Dwight is a solid all-around player and an exceptional student who joins our program with a great depth of experience playing at the Division I level. Dwight’s undergraduate degree from a prestigious Ivy League institution transitions well to his graduate studies here at the No. 1 public university in the world.”
The 6-6, 230-pound forward started all 28 games for Cornell last season where he averaged 7.1 points and a team-best 5.5 rebounds in 26.1 minutes per game as a senior. A captain for the Big Red in 2013-14, Tarwater ranked ninth in The Ivy League in rebounding. He recorded three double-doubles during his final season at Cornell, including 21 points and 11 rebounds against Loyola. The forward posted a career-best 23 points against Dartmouth last season.
Tarwater played in 79 career games, starting 36 contests during his four years at Cornell.
Tarwater was a two-time all-state and three-time all-region selection during his scholastic career at The Webb School in Knoxville, Tenn. He was named Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball in Division II-A in 2010. Tarwater averaged 23.2 points and 10.1 rebounds, shooting better than 60 percent from the field during his senior season at The Webb School, garnering first-team all-league honors during his senior campaign in 2010. He totaled more than 1,500 points in his four-year scholastic career.
Tarwater joins center Kingsley Okoroh and guards Brandon Chauca and Stephen Domingo as part of the Golden Bears’ 2014 class.
Cal opens the Cuonzo Martin era on November 14 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif.