Lars Thiemann, a 7-foot center from Germany, is scheduled to visit Cal in the next few days, according to multiple reports.
Thiemann, who plays for Bayer Giants Leverkusen, is shceduled to visit Cal this weekend, starting Friday, June 7. He is also expected to visit Saint Mary’s and Oregon State as well as Cal in the early part of June during his West Coast recruiting journey. There is no indication when Thiemann plans to make a decision.
There is some discrepancy about Thiemann’s height. Eurobasket lists him at 6-foot-10, but he just turned 19 years old this month, so he may have grown.
He was a reserve this past season on the Bayer Giants Leverkusen team that plays in the German ProB league. Many of the players on the team are not professional, however. Bayer Giants Leverkusen went 29-2 and won the league title in the 2018-19 season. Thiemann averaged 6.3 minutes, 3.6 points and 1.4 rebounds this past season.
Thiemann also was chosen to play in the NBBL all-star game while playing for TVS Bayer 04. He averaged 19.1 points and 129 rebounds in NBBL play.
Thiemann was one of 18 players invited to try out for the German Under-20 team that will compete in the European Championships. The final roster will be determined later this summer.
Thiemann would be eligible to play college ball immediately and is another example of Cal’s attempt to recruit internationally.
The only two players who have committed to Cal since Mark Fox was hired have foreign roots. Dimitrios Klonaras is from Greece, and Kuany Kuany is originally from South Sudan, but also spent time in Australia and Florida before relocating to Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif. They join Joel Brown and D.J. Thorpe as incoming Cal freshmen.
The focus on international talent reflects the presence of Cal assistant coach Chris Harriman, a native of Australia who is known for his international recruiting prowess.