Cal Basketball: Bears Commit Smith Reportedly Asks Release from Letter of Intent

New Cal head coach Mark Fox has some work to do to put together a team

Shooting guard from Georgia wants to explore other options

Guard Charles Smith IV, who signed a letter of intent with Cal last fall, has requested a release from his letter to explore other options, according to a Twitter report by Ben Parker of Cal Rivals.

Smith, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, had considered offers from Connecticut, DePaul, Florida and Georgia Tech before opting to sign with Cal in the early signing period last November. Since his signing, head coach Wyking Jones was fired, and Mark Fox was hired to take his place.

Cal’s two other 2019 signees – D.J. Thorpe and Joel Brown – have not stated anything publicly about their intentions.

With Darius McNeill having already transferred to SMU, and 2018-19 leading scorer Justice Sueing being one of four Cal players still in the transfer portal, Fox will have his work cut out for him to put together a team for the 2019-20 season.

Nicknamed "C4" for his explosiveness, Smith was ranked the No. 31 wing player in the country by ESPN.

"Charles is an elite-level athlete who has tremendous range from anywhere on the court. He's an extremely hard worker, and I'm looking forward to him showcasing highlight-reel plays that will bring our fans in Haas to their feet," Jones said in a statement when Smith was signed in November.

Smith played at Wheeler High School in Georgia, where former Cal stars Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Jaylen Brown played.