Cal Basketball: Forward Kuany Kuany Commits to Cal for 2019

Prolific Prep senior is first commitment for new Cal coach Mark Fox

New Cal coach Mark Fox received his first commitment for 2019 when Kuany Kuany, a 6-9 forward from Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif., announced on his Twitter account on Thursday that he has committed to Cal.

Kuany joins D.J. Thorpe and Joel Bown as incoming freshmen who will play for the Bears this coming season. Cal's 2019 class is ranked as the 59th-best in the nation by 247 Sports.

Kuany chose Cal after also having Washington State and Nevada among his final three contenders.

"I’m going to California," Kuany told 247 Sports. "I feel like I fit in there and Mark Fox is a really good coach.

"I feel like I fit into coach Fox’s gameplan with everything he does. I feel like he can help bring me to the next level. My expectations are to help flip the program around and start winning from day one. We want to send a message to the rest of the Pac-12."

(Click here for a video on Mark Fox's thoughts on transfers.)

Kuany wrote the following in his Twitter annoucement:

"Thank God for giving me the opportunity to play college basketball, thank you to all of the college programs that recruited me. I would also like to thank my family and Prolific Prep for believing in me, With that being said I will attend the University Of California Berkeley."

Kuany is rated a three-star recruit by 247 Sports, and he is ranked as the nation's 246th-best prospect in the class of 2019.

Click here for a scouting report on Kuany from California Golden Blogs.

(Click here for a report that Justice Sueing is expected to transfer to Ohio State.)

Here is some video of Kuany in action:

Here are more highlights for Kuany (no. 13)

​Kuany took an official visit to Cal last week,

Kuany, a Kenyan who has lived in Sudan and Australia, told Golden Bear Report after the visit that the presence of assistant coach Chris Harriman, who is Australian, played a part in his choice.

“My favorite part about Cal was the diversity, seeing so many international students,” Kuany said, according to Golden Bear Report. “I liked the coaching staff a lot, they were pretty straight forward. Coach Fox is ready to change the culture and Coach Harriman is Australian, so I easily relate to him.”

Cal's academics played a role as well.

“It interests me a lot because getting a degree from Cal could potentially set you up for the world,” Kuany said. “Their pitch to me has been to come in and play. They feel that I can bring a lot to the program with my ability to stretch the floor, push the ball in transition, and defend multiple positions.”

One last video of Kuany in action (No. 13)