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November 7, 2011
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The California men's basketball team has been looking for a combo guard in this recruiting class, and on Monday morning, they got their wish, as Tyrone Wallace pulled the trigger and committed to play for Mike Montgomery and the Bears.
Sources close to the team confirmed that the four-star point out of Bakersfield, Calif., who checks in at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, committed over the weekend.
The four-star Wallace chose Cal over Pac-12 foe Colorado, and becomes the first four-star recruit since Allen Crabbe in 2010 to join the Bears program. Crabbe certainly made an impact, earning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors last season and being named to the John Wooden Award Watch List heading into this season.
"I like Cal because they are an improving program. Coach Montgomery has coached in the NBA and they are pretty good every year. And I like that it is only four hours away," Wallace said right before making his decision.
Wallace joins current commit Kaileb Rodriguez as the Bears' first two members of the class, and Cal should add at least one more person when the early signing period begins in two days.
Wallace is the 17th-ranked point guard in his class, and is No. 78 in the Rivals150 for 2012.
A slippery combo guard, Wallace can be used as either a tall point or a versatile wing, and could very well play right away alongside Crabbe. He's a dribble drive scorer who also has a good feel for involving others.
Wallace scored 22.2 points for the Drillers last season, accounting for nearly a third of Bakersfield's scoring. Wallace shot 43.2 percent from the floor, and made 38 of 119 three-point shots (31.9 percent), much improved from his sophomore year, when he shot just 26 percent from beyond the arc. Wallace hit 115 of 209 free-throw attempts (55.0 percent), while chipping in 49 assists (1.7 per game), 28 blocks, 44 offensive boards, 106 defensive rebounds (averaging 6.1 total boards per game) and swiping 92 steals for an average of 3.2 per game.
As a sophomore, Wallace led the team with 20.6 points per game, sinking 50 percent from the field and 62 percent from the free-throw line. He averaged 2.2 assists per game (59 total), tallied 25 blocked shots and pulled down 8.3 boards per game with 75 steals (2.8 spg).
Wallce did have a team-high 65 turnovers to 49 assists his junior season, and 85 turnovers to 59 helpers as a sophomore, so he's slightly improved his handle. Wallace's physicality in the lane and ability to drive will be valuable assets for the Bears.