New Cal women’s basketball coach Charmin Smith got her first verbal commitment for the class of 2020, and it was a major achievement as five-star post player Fatou Samb announced on social media that she has committed to Cal for 2020.
The 6-foot-3 Samb, who attends Westside High School in Houston, Texas, is ranked as the nation’s 53rd-best overall prospect in the class by ESPN’s HoopGurlz.
Harvard, Michigan, Wake Forest and Rice were the other schools Samb was considering.
She announced her commitment on Twitter:
Here is an evaluation of Samb by HoopGurlz:
Top 64-July 2019: Skilled low-post prospect with efficient interior game; post up game yields results; defends in the paint, rebounds and initiates the fast break; mobile in transition game; emerges and elite front court prospect in the class of 2020. (Olson)
February 2019: Low-post performer brings emerging back-to-basket game results; nimble footwork in the paint, active on the glass; mobile in uptempo game; developing physical presence in the block is the key to next level impact. (Olson)
February 2018: Agile post prospect offers interior footwork, emerging offensive arsenal in the paint; physical on the block, aggressive on the glass; mobile in transition game; potential. (Olson).
Here are some highlights of Samb:
This commitment should mitigate doubts about whether Smith can recruit.
Cal plays exhibition games on October 27 against Beijing Normal University and November 3 against Vanguard, then opens its regular season with a road game against Harvard on November 8. The Bears then travel to Storrs, Conn., to face perennial powerhouse Connecticut on November 10.