Cal Women's Basketball: Bears Welcome Two New Players

Guard "Jazzy" Green, left, and forward Evelien Lutje Schipholt are the newest Golden Bears.Photos courtesy of Cal Athletics

Headed to Berkeley are Southern California guard `Jazzy' Green and Dutch forward Evelien Lutje Schilholt

The Cal women’s basketball roster got a little deeper Friday with the signing of two new prospects — guard Jazlen “Jazzy” Green of Lakeside High and forward Evelien Lutje Schipholt of the Netherlands.

The 5-foot-11 shooting guard Green missed her junior season due to a knee injury but returned to enjoy a spectacular senior campaign during which she averaged 28.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 1.5 blocked shots while leading Lakeside to a 26-4 record and its first-ever CIF Southern Section 2A title.

She was named a 2019 John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year, the CIF Southern Section Division II Player of the Year and earned second-team All-State honors from USA Today. Green committed to the Bears during the basketball season.

"It's very rare in college basketball these days to feel like you've discovered a gem late because everyone knows everyone from such an early age," Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "We knew Jazzy young, but her injuries led her to fall of the map a little bit, so to speak. When we saw her this season, we knew we needed her to be a part of our program.

“Getting to know her more as a person and as a basketball player, we are just thrilled that Jazzy will be a part of the Golden Bear family. She has that 'it' factor. She can score, she can rebound, she can create, and she has the opportunity to be a very special player out on the wing.

“She's a hard worker, a terrific young woman, and she comes in with the mindset of wanting to be great. I think she's going to help our program and this university in a number of ways.”

A 6-foot-2 power forward Lutje Schipholt comes to Cal after playing successfully for Dutch national teams in both traditional 5-on-5 basketball and the emerging 3-on-3 format, which will debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Lutje Schipholt averaged 12.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game at the 2018 FIBA U18 Women's European Championships and competed in 3x3 at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Gottlieb expects Schipholt to make a smooth transition to Berkeley.

"Even though she flew 5,000 miles to get here, from the moment Evelien stepped on campus for her visit we just felt like it was a perfect fit," Gottlieb said. "She's a smart player with a lot of international experience and her rebounding numbers speak for themselves.

“I think she takes a lot of pride in rebounding and we're excited about that. I also think she's going to be a factor on both ends of the floor, and we're really looking forward to her getting started as a student-athlete here at Cal.”

Green and Schipholt join November signees Cailyn Crocker and Lauren Fields, both guards, to boost Cal’s recruiting class to four incoming freshmen. Fields was named to Oklahoma’s All-State team by USA Today this season.

Gottlieb said she is excited about the young women joining her program.

"I just can't stop smiling about the type of people that they are, the type of culture that they are coming into and going to enhance, and the journey that we're going to take together,” she said.

“These are the type of young women you want to have as your team and as your family, and I could not be more excited.”