It’s now been over two weeks since California extended a scholarship offer to Matisse Thybulle, the three-star wing out of Bellevue (Wash.) Eastside Catholic, and in that time, the Bears have quickly moved into the ranks of teams recruiting the 6-foot-6, 185-pounder the hardest.
“I’ve been talking to coach [Cuonzo] Martin a couple times a week, and I’ve talked to coach [Yanni] Hufnagel basically every day. They’ve been sending me a lot of mail, and it’s been good. We’re trying to build a really good relationship,” said Thybulle.
The Bears are going to have to grind to get Thybulle, as his two home-state suitors – Washington and Gonzaga – have been on him just as much.
“I talk to coach [Lorenzo] Romar every day, and I’ve talked to coach [Brian] Michaelson at Gonzaga or coach [Mark] Few almost every day, too,” Thybulle said. “With the exception of Oregon, Cal is pretty much the same as all the others.”
That said, he’s started to form a bond with Martin and Hufnagel over the past two weeks-plus.
“We’re beginning to know each other a lot better. They’re interested in my goals – my goals as a player -- and we talk about what their goals are, as coaches, and for me,” Thybulle said.
Thybulle’s goals, personally are “to get better, to be able to make an impact in the Cal program, and hopefully to get to the NBA level. Their goals for me are basically the same thing. They want me to come in and help them cut down some nets and try and develop me into a player who can be at the NBA level.”
Thybulle’s summer didn’t quite end the way he’d wanted, as his AAU team performed poorly down the stretch, but that’s not deterring him from working out even harder to try and achieve those personal goals.
“I go to the gym as much as I can. I’ve been playing in the Seattle Pro Am, an there’s really been no rest for me. I’ve been going nonstop,” Thybulle said.
Over his past three games, Thybulle has scored 16, 23 and 15 points, in a league that features the likes of Terrence Williams and Tony Wroten.
“It’s competitive, alright,” Thybulle said. “We’re just starting playoffs, so I have a game [Sunday] at 2:30. It’s Jamal Crawford’s program, and he plays, and there are a couple NBA players on his team. You definitely have to compete.”
Once the Pro-Am, which is played at Seattle Pacific University, is over, Thybulle will get to his official visits.
“I’m going to start doing my visits at the end of August, the beginning of September. I’m not sure on the exact dates,” he said. “I’m still trying to finalize those. I’m going to go to Cal, Oregon and Gonzaga. I’ve already done an unofficial to U-Dub.”
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