Cal Basketball: Center Lars Thiemann's Signing Makes it Official

Big man from Germany is new coach Mark Fox's fourth signing in two months

Cal made it official on Tuesday, signing German big man Lars Thiemann just two days after he gave the Bears a verbal commitment.

"We are very excited about Lars. He brings great size and skill, and a level of international experience that will allow him to be a very successful college player," Cal coach Mark Fox said in the school’s news release. "He's extremely committed as a student and will fit right in at Cal and with our program.”

Thiemann, who has been invited to try out for the German U20 national team, is listed by Cal as 6-foot-11. That may be entirely accurate or it may be a compromise on a height that has been variously listed as anywhere from 6-10 to 7-feet.

Thiemann becomes the fourth player recruited to Cal by Fox in the barely two months since he has been onboard.

He joins guard Dimitrios Klonaras of Greece, forward Kuany Kuany of Australia and graduate transfer Kareem South, formerly of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Cal's previously signed forward D.J. Thorpe of Austin, Texas, and point guard Joel Brown of Toronto, Canada.

Cal now projects to have 12 scholarship players next season after three starters — forward Justice Sueing, center Connor Vanover and guard Darius McNeill — all transferred.