BERKELEY — Cal basketball coach Mike Montgomery remembers his reaction the first time he saw Idrissa Diallo on the basketball court.

“You’re just kind of, ‘Whoa, this guy can really run and jump.’ He’s like a 6-3 or 6-4 guy in a 6-10 body and about 230,” Montgomery said of the Senegalese native the Bears signed to a national letter of intent Wednesday night.

Diallo, a senior at Cathedral High in Los Angeles, joins four-star point guard Ahmaad Rorie in a two-man recruiting class that will arrive in Berkeley next fall.

Rated as a three-star prospect by both and Diallo came to the U.S. just two years ago. As a basketball prospect, he is raw with a substantial upside.

“Fabulous athlete. He’s off the charts, athletically,” Montgomery said.

Diallo hasn’t played for five months because he broke his elbow, but Montgomery said the entire Cal coaching staff was impressed with what they saw last season.

He fills a personnel need with senior forward Richard Solomon — a similar body type — due to graduate.

“He stacks up favorably (with Solomon). He’s strong. He pursues the ball. He can really rebound,” Montgomery said. “He’s obviously a little inexperienced. He’s another one of the African kids who grew up playing soccer, like most of them.

“But he’s competitive, and we can focus on getting him to get every ball, we can lob to him. Those kinds of athletes are tough to come by.” ranks Diallo as the nation’s No. 30 center prospect. also lists him as a three-star prospect and the 127th-ranked player overall in the 2014 class.

Diallo also had offers from Colorado, UCLA, USC, Oregon State, UNLV and Virginia Tech, among others.

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