Cal Basketball: Two Players Reportedly Considering Transferring to Cal

UC Irvine's Max Hazzard (2) scored 19 points in the upset of Kansas State in the NCAA TournamentPhoto by Kelley L. Cox - USA TODAY Sports

Too soon to say whether Jordan Brown or Max Hazzard will end up with the Bears or somewhere else

Most of the attention in Cal basketball lately has been on the players considering transferring out, but at least two players in the transfer portal reportedly are considering Cal as a place to transfer to.

Nevada forward Jordan Brown, who was a high school McDonald’s All-American, put his name into the transfer portal last week, and California Golden Blogs reports that Brown is being linked to Cal as one of his possible destinations. Meanwhile Jeff Goodman of Stadium tweeted that UC-Irvine grad transfer Max Hazzard is considering coming to Cal, one of several schools he is looking at.

(Click here for Darius McNeill announcement that he will transfer to SMU.)

The 6-foot-11 Brown came close to choosing Cal out of high school. Cal, Arizona and Nevada were the final three schools on his list before he chose the Wolf Pack. Brown went to high school in Napa, Calif., at Prolific Prep, so he is familiar with the Bay Area. Brown played in 33 games for Nevada as a freshman this season, but averaged just 10.1 minutes of playing time for a Wolf Pack team that returned nearly all the prominent players from a team that reached the Sweet 16 in 2018. Brown averaged just 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds this season for the Wolf Pack, which was ranked 14th in the final AP poll this year.

The departure of Nevada coach Eric Musselman, who took the Arkansas job, might be part of the reason for Brown’s decision to put his name in the transfer portal.

Arizona, Oregon, Baylor, Miami, Pitt, Ohio State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Saint Mary's are the schools besides Cal that have shown interest in Brown, according to reports.

Hazzard, who was the leading scorer for Big West champion Irvine this past season, is looking at Arizona, Gonzaga, TCU, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Irvine as well as Cal, according to Goodman.

Hazzard, a 5-foot-10 guard, averaged 12.5 points per game and shot 38.7 percent from three-point range this year. He scored 19 points and hit 5 of 11 three-point attempts in the Anteaters’ upset of fourth-seeded Kansas State in the first round of this year's NCAA Tournament. He had just seven points in the second-round loss to Oregon. .Hazzard is the grandson of former UCLA star Walt Hazzard.

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