Cal men’s basketball loses second commit in three months

Former recruit Trevin Knell has been granted his request for a release from his letter of intent from Cal men’s basketball.

The three-star recruit from Wood Cross, Utah, signed with the Bears in October 2016 but recently opted out of his scholarship with Cal. The guard is known for his excellent three-point shooting and quick release, an asset the Bears will desperately need after the graduation of seniors Jabari Bird and Grant Mullins, who lead their team in three-point shooting.

Thirteen schools sought out Knell’s talents, including Washington State and Wyoming, but Knell initially chose Cal in part due to its esteemed academics. Knell is a 4.0 GPA student and expressed dedication to both academics and athletics.

The 6’5”, 185-pound guard will serve a two-year LDS Church mission following his graduation from Wood Cross High School. Considering Knell’s commitment to his faith, leaving Cal for BYU is a legitimate possibility.

BYU is owned and operated by the LDS Church and is also located in Knell’s home state of Utah. Knell is scheduled to visit the school this weekend.

The loss of Knell is just one of many blows the Cal basketball team has faced following the end of the 2016-17 season. Of note, the Bears have lost head coach Cuonzo Martin, standout rising sophomore Charlie Moore and rising senior Kameron Rooks.

Knell’s decommitment is the second in three months. In March, fellow shooting guard Jemarl Baker was released from his letter of intent and recommitted to Kentucky.

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