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Roger Moute a Bidias pledges to Cal

Roger Moute a Bidias, the brother of former UCLA Bruins forward and NBA player Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, committed to the California Golden Bears on Saturday, according to a Tweet from his coach at Notre Dame Prep (MA), Ryan Hurd. Moute a Bidias apparently made his decision to attend Cal following a trip to campus, earlier in the week.

A 6′-7″, 190 prep school forward, Moute a Bidias is the fifth member in a solid class at Cal. He joins elite wing Jabari Bird, sharpshooter Jordan Mathews, combo guard Sam Singer, and center Kameron Rooks in the class. Bird, Mathews and Rooks are all in-state prospects, while Cal reached to Florida and Massachusetts (via Cameroon) for Singer and Moute a Bidias.

A native of Cameroon, Moute a Bidias doesn’t have much experience with basketball, but has reportedly improved rapidly during his short time playing the game. He drew accolades from his play at the National Prep Showcase, from CBS blogger Jeff Borzello, who wrote the following:

Arguably the breakout player of the event, Moute a Bidias is a future high-major player. He only began playing in 2009, but he’s a tremendous athlete who makes plays at both ends of the floor. The younger brother of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has all the makings of a sleeper signee after he (likely) reclassifies.

Cal now has a class with a player capable of playing every position, centered on Bird’s star power. Clearly, Moute a Bidias is a long-term prospect, but a quality spring addition, to be sure.

The Golden Bears also have a significant head start on their ’14 recruiting class, as they have dynamo point guard Ahmaad Rorie as a an early verbal pledge.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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