Cal Basketball: Greek Guard Is Headed to Berkeley for 2019-20 Campaign

Jeff Faraudo

Dimitrios Klonaras, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Salonika, Greece, announced via Twitter that he has committed to play for Cal next season.

"Excited to be part of the University of California, Berkeley," Klonaras said. "Looking forward to learning from @coachmarkfox and being part of a new era of @CalMBBall. Cal is my family now."

Klonaras, 18, announced his plans to come to Cal just days after 6-9 forward Kuany Kuany, both in South Sudan and raised primarily in Australia, gave new coach Mark Fox a commitment.

Klonaras joins Kuany, Joel Brown and DJ Thorpe as incoming freshmen eligible to play for Cal this coming season.

Klonaras, who visited the Berkeley campus a week ago, chose Cal over Hawaii and Loyola Marymount, according to Verbal Commits.

He is rated a two-star recruit, but since he is from Greece not much is known about him. Most of the recruiting websites don't include him in their ratings.

Here is a video scouting report assembled in 2018.

In 2017, playing in the FIBA U16 European Championships, Klonaras averaged 13.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.4 steals to help Greece win the B Division title.

In an interview after a game in the FIBA U16 event, Klonaras described himself as "an all-around player . . . I can do many things."

In that same interview, nearly two years ago, Klonaras was asked about his basketball ambitions after high school. "I hope to play in Greece or outside or even in America," he said.

He is a big NBA fan, explaining that he had the NBA League Pass and would often stay up to watch games at 2 or 3 a.m.

Klonaras said his two favorite NBA players are Giannis Antetokounmpo, the greatest player ever to come out Greece, and James Harden.

With Klonaras on board to go along with guard Brown and forwards Kuany and Thorpe, the Bears now project to have at least 10 scholarship players.