ESPN.com Ranks Men's Basketball Class Fifth

May 17, 2001

BERKELEY - With three blue-chip incoming freshmen, ESPN.com ranks Cal's men's basketball recruiting class the fifth-best n the nation.

In the fall, the Bears signed 6-9 forward Julian Sensley from Kailua, Hawaii (St. Thomas More School in Connecticut), 6-11 center Jamal Sampson out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, and 6-7 guard/forward Erik Bond from Seattle Prep in Washington.

According to ESPN.com: 'Sensley is a rare breed at the collegiate level: A tall, powerfully built skilled forward. Sampson comes in with a chance to be the best center in Cal basketball history if he can stay injury-free. Bond, Erik Bond, is a tall shooting wing. Cal got two 'blue chip' type frontline recruits that could give them the push they need to get into the upper echelon of the Pac-10.'

Cal signed all of its players to National Letters of Intent in November, and the spring signing period ended Tuesday, May 15.

The complete Top 10 goes:

1. Memphis2. UCLA3. Auburn4. Arizona5. California6. North Carolina State7. Florida8. Kansas9. Michigan State10. Louisville

In addition to the incoming freshmen, the Bears return 11 lettermen, including four starters, from last year's 20-11 squad that reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997.

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