Marquise Kately Added To Cal's Banner Recruiting Class

Aug. 14, 2003

BERKELEY - Marquise Kately, the 2002 Bay Area prep basketball player of the year at Riordan High School, has been accepted into the University of California and will participate on the Golden Bears' 2003-04 men's basketball team, Cal head basketball coach Ben Braun announced today.

Kately, a 6-5, 215-pound small forward, transferred from Riordan to Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine last year. He averaged 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game as a senior at Maine Central Institute, earning first team All-New England Prep School honors.

'We are thrilled that Marquise is a Golden Bear,' said Braun. 'He has worked very hard and made personal sacrifices to attend Cal. I'm so happy for him personally that his dedication and persistence have paid off.'

The addition of Kately-who was rated the nation's 31st best high school player by Rivals.com and 48th best by ESPN.com this past year-caps off one of the greatest recruiting classes in California basketball history.

Led by Parade All-Americans and Oakland products Leon Powe and Ayinde Ubaka, Cal's incoming group has earned a consensus Top 10 national ranking - giving the Bears their highest rated class in nearly a decade.

The 6-8, 230-pound Powe, a McDonald's All-American out of Oakland Tech High Schoolscorched the nets for 27.4 ppg, 14.2 rpg and 3.1 blocks per game as a prep senior last year. One of the Top 10 recruits in the country, Powe earned Gatorade Player of the Year honors for the state of California and area Player of the Year awards from the San Francisco Chronicle and Oakland Tribune.

Fellow freshmen Ubaka and Dominic McGuire bring their own impressive set of credentials to Berkeley. Ubaka, a fourth team Parade All-American from Oakland High, earned first team all-state honors from Cal-Hi Sports and a No. 47 national ranking from RivalsHoops.com.

McGuire, considered the top small forward in the state this past season, hails from San Diego's Lincoln High. Perhaps his most impressive game came against Upland High when his final stat line read: 18 points, 18 rebounds and 18 blocks.

Kately was named the Bay Area prep basketball player of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2002.

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