Just a week ago, Cal coach Mike Montgomery and his staff thought they had gotten their man. Junior College wing De'End Parker had visited and committed to the Bears over conference foe UCLA. That all changed Friday night.
The 6-foot-5 sophomore wing at the City College of San Francisco changed his mind and switched his commitment from the Bears to Ben Howland's Bruins.
Parker's coach, Justin Labagh, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times what several sources had indicated.
"When he accepted at Cal, there was some gray area there as to whether UCLA would offer," Labagh said. "They offered, and I think he just felt more comfortable there."
A versatile wing, Parker is among the most highly touted players in the junior college rank. He's an athletic finisher who can handle the ball and is a versatile wing defender.
Parker joins a class that already includes four-star shooting guard Norman Powell.