Bears Enter the Race for Thybulle

Bears Enter the Race for Thybulle

With Gonzaga and Washington seemingly leading the pack, California vaults into contention for Matisse Thybulle with a Tuesday offer. What does the three-star with 12 offers think of the Bears?

Last week, 2015 three-star wing Matisse Thybulle said that there were three schools recruiting him the hardest: Gonzaga, Washington and Arizona State.

The first two were no-brainers; they’re both relatively close to home for the Bellvue (Wash.) Eastside Catholic prospect, and they continue to be his hottest pursuers.

“UW and Gonzaga, they call every day, and I talk to coach [Mark] Few and coach [Lorenzo] Romar all the time,” said Thybulle, who will unofficially visit the Huskies very soon. “They’ve been recruiting me pretty heavily.”

That, however, is about to change, with the addition of a California offer to Thybulle’s portfolio.

“It’s been a couple weeks now, that they’ve been talking to me,” Thybulle said. “I’d been talking to them about once a week before the Vegas tournament, and they first started talking to me at the beginning of the [Double Pump event in] Anaheim. They’d been talking to me quite a bit, and then, they offered.”

With that kind of communication, the offer didn’t shock Thybulle, who admittedly was expecting the call to come.

“I was expecting it,” he said. “I’d been talking to coach Yanni Hufnagel, and he’d been talking about how they really liked seeing the things that I could do. For me, it was just a matter of time until they did.”

Though the Bears are a bit further away than either the Bulldogs or the Huskies, the new coaching staff has made big inroads towards perhaps luring the 6-foot-6, 185-pound wing down south.

“I think that they have a good program,” Thybulle said. “They beat the No. 1 team in the nation last year, and it’s exciting to know that I have a chance to be a part of something like they are.

“I like the coaching staff, and the fact that their main thing is to develop wing players, and make them as good as they can be. Me being one of them, it just makes me really want to go there.”

Cal intensified its pursuit of Thybulle because he showed that he can be an effective, two-way wing, which head coach Cuonzo Martin prizes.

“He said that he really likes my potential, and what I can do from the wing, and he thinks he can develop me into a good player,” Thybulle said. “He likes that I can play on both ends, the fact that I can score on the offensive end, and play pretty tough defense.”

Thybulle wants to take a visit to Berkeley (“We want to set that up, for sure,” he said), but it will more than likely be an official visit.

There is a part of Thybulle that wants to stay in the Northwest, but he left the door plenty open for the Bears.

“I’d love to stay home, but being that I have these great opportunities outside of home, I’d be willing to go there, especially considering that it really isn’t too far – just a two- or three-hour plane ride,” he said.

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