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Golden Bears Announce 2021 Signing Class

Nov 10, 2020

BERKELEY – The 2021 class brings another set of highly-touted players to California women's basketball as head coach Charmin Smith has announced the signing of two freshmen and one graduate transfer for the 2021-22 season.

 

The first signee is Jadyn Bush, a 5-11 forward and graduate transfer from Harvard University. She will join the Bears after graduating in the spring with a concentration in economics. In 2018-19, the Federal Way, Wash., native started 28 games for the Crimson, averaging 10.9 points per game and 8.5 rebounds with a team-leading .531 field goal percentage while recording 13 double-doubles in total. The same season, she also earned an Ivy League Player of the Week honor on November 11, 2018 after recording a pair of double-doubles against La Salle and Sienna with 30 points and 21 rebounds in total. Later that season, she led the Crimson to the second round of the 2018 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
 
"We are extremely lucky to have Jadyn joining our Golden Bears," head coach Charmin Smith said. "We will benefit from her veteran leadership, her efficiency around the rim and her tenacity in the paint and on the glass. Her competitive drive separates her from most. In addition, Jadyn possesses the character that fits this Cal family and I know she will be a phenomenal teammate. I've enjoyed our conversations during this challenging time in our nation and I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to not only coach Jadyn, but to also continue to learn from her and the rest of our Cal women's basketball family through honest conversation."
 
Before heading to Harvard, Bush was a four-year starter and senior captain at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle. After her senior season with the Braves in 2017, she was named the Associated Press 2017 Washington State Player of the Year. Other high school accolades include being a three-time First Team All-State Tournament Team honoree (2014-17), three state tournament appearances and two Metro League titles (2016 and 2017).
 
"As someone who has always sought academic excellence and is a lifelong Pac-12 fan, Cal is the perfect intersection of all of my academic and athletic dreams," Bush said. "I am excited to work with an incredibly dedicated coaching staff and be a part of such a talented group of women."

 

The next signee to join the Bears is Jayda Curry, a 5-6 point guard from Centennial High School. Last year, the Corona, Calif., native was named both the Riverside County and Press Enterprise Player of the Year and was also named to the CalHi Sports and CIF All-State Open Division First Teams. Curry also garnered All-American Honorable Mention honors from MaxPreps after a big junior season where she averaged 22.4 points and 5.2 rebounds against some of the toughest high school teams in the country. The incoming Golden Bear currently holds the Centennial High School single-game scoring record with 43 points and has a total of 1,627 career points so far, including 717 last year. She also touts 401 rebounds, 267 assists, and 274 steals.
 
"Well, there will be another Curry in the Bay getting buckets," Smith said. "Jayda can flat out score the basketball! Whether it be the three point shot or getting to the basket, Jayda has found a way to put the ball in the hole.  She also has the ability to find her teammates and make those around her better. With amazing quickness and speed, Jayda has the potential to have a really smooth transition to Pac-12 basketball and we are excited about her impact here at Cal. Jayda also understands the big picture and will take advantage of all that Cal has to offer her, on the court and off, to ensure she is developing to her full potential."
 
Curry also excels off the court, earning a 4.5 cumulative grade point average along with multiple academic honors. Those include: gold honor roll (2017-19), regal honor roll (2018-19), principal's honor roll (all three years), and she is a three-time member of the All-League Academic Team.
 
"I'm excited to play basketball at Cal particularly because of the competitiveness that the Pac-12 Conference brings," Curry said. "I am ready to learn and develop under Charmin and the amazing coaching staff and I am prepared to work alongside my teammates. I am also excited to be a part of a socially progressive team that, under the current racial crisis in America, has demonstrated the need to be a voice against racial injustice and exercising your right to vote."

 

Cal's third signee is Mia Mastrov, a local product whose connection to Cal runs deep. The 5-11 guard hails from Miramonte High School where she is averaging 12.7 points and 5.5 boards. Mastrov's grandfather, Bert, played for Basketball Hall of Famer Pete Newell and the Golden Bears in the 1950s and has been attending Cal games since she was little.
 
"I am excited to play basketball at Cal because ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of doing so," Mastrov said. "Cal feels like home to me. I grew up a Cal Bear, having watched the women's team reach the final four and catching a few men's games here and there. The atmosphere inside of Haas Pavilion is unlike anywhere else in the country and I cannot wait to finally be able to be on the floor instead of in the stands."
 
Mia is a three-time All-State Team honoree and earned First Team All-League selections in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Furthermore, she was named the West Coast Jamboree Tournament's most valuable player during her sophomore campaign and earned First Team All-Northern California honors the past two seasons. Mastrov crossed the 1,000 point threshold last year and had a big sophomore season where she averaged 16.6 points and 6.4 rebounds while scoring a total of 531 points.
 
The Lafayette, Calif. native also has a strong academic track record as she has been named to the Distinguished Scholastic Team her freshmen through junior years.
 
"I've watched Mia play for so long and always felt like she should be a Bear," Smith said. "Now that day is finally here and we are so happy. Mia comes from a winning high school and club program. She's played with and against the best and knows how to compete. She's very versatile with exceptional length that makes her a nuisance to her opponent, whether it be getting her hands on the ball defensively or stretching by a defender to get to the basket. Mia is strong and athletic with an amazing work ethic. Her future is bright at Cal and I know our fans will appreciate us keeping local talent home!"
 
For more updates and information on Cal women's basketball, follow the Bears on Twitter: (@CalWBBall), Instagram (@CalWBBall), and Facebook (Facebook.com/CalWBBall).
 
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Jadyn Bush
Position: Forward
Height: 5-11
Hometown: Federal Way, Wash.
Transferring from: Harvard Univeristy
High School: Bishop Blanchet High School

At Harvard: In 2018-19 started 28 games for the Crimson, averaging 10.9 points per game and 8.5 rebounds with a team-leading .531 field goal percentage while recording 13 double-doubles in total. The same season, she also earned an Ivy League Player of the Week honor on November 11, 2018 after recording a pair of double-doubles against La Salle and Sienna with 30 points and 21 rebounds in total. Later that season, she led the Crimson to the second round of the 2018 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
 
Jayda Curry
Position: Guard
Height: 5-6
Hometown: Corona, Calif.
High School: Centennial High School

High School: Last year, the Corona, Calif., native was named both the Riverside County and Press Enterprise Player of the Year and was also named to the CalHi Sports and CIF All-State Open Division First Teams. Curry also garnered All-American Honorable Mention honors from MaxPreps after a big junior season where she averaged 22.4 points and 5.2 rebounds against some of the toughest high school teams in the country. The incoming Golden Bear currently holds the Centennial High School single-game scoring record with 43 points and has a total of 1,627 career points so far, including 717 last year. She also touts 401 rebounds, 267 assists, and 274 steals.

Chose Cal Over: San Diego State, Utah, Washington and Arizona State
 
Mia Mastrov
Position: Guard
Height: 5-11
Hometown: Lafayette, Calif.
High School: Miramonte High School

High School: Mia is a three-time All-State Team honoree and earned First Team All-League selections in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Furthermore, she was named the West Coast Jamboree Tournament's most valuable player during her sophomore campaign and earned First Team All-Northern California honors the past two seasons. Mastrov crossed the 1,000 point threshold last year and had a big sophomore season where she averaged 16.6 points and 6.4 rebounds while scoring a total of 531 points.

Chose Cal Over: Duke, Washington, Washington State and Colorado.