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Cal, Stanford each land top-20 recruiting class

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As the Cal and Stanford men’s basketball teams are currently focused on the season that is just beginning, each program took a big step in securing a bright future on Wednesday. The two Bay Area rivals each inked a top-20 recruiting class for 2010, according to scout.com.

Stanford had five players sign letters of intent on the first day recruits were able to do so and earned a No. 14 ranking. Cal signed four players, good for the 17th-best haul in the country.

Here is a glance at recruits nabbed by some of the Bay Area colleges Wednesday:

The Bears signed 6-foot-2 point guard Gary Franklin (Mater Dei High School), 6-9 forward Richard Solomon (Los Angeles), 6-5 guard Allen Crabbe (Los Angeles) and
6-5 guard Alex Rossi (Winnetka, Ill.). Franklin, Solomon and Crabbe all earned mention in the Rivals’ Top 150, while Franklin was also rated the nation’s No. 66 recruit by ESPN.

The Cardinal were maybe the Bay Area program in biggest need of landing top-notch players and they did just that. Joining The Farm are  point guard Aaron Bright (Bellevue, Wash.), forwards Anthony Brown (Huntington Beach) and Josh Huestis (Great Falls, Mont.) and centers Dwight Powell (Bradenton, Fla.) and John Gage (Vashon, Wash.).

Two players signed letters of intent to join the Dons next fall — Savannah Erskine, a point guard out of Southern California, and Alexa Hardick, a guard from Dallas.

The Cardinal added two talented prep stars to the program in guard Sara James (El Dorado Hills) and guard Toni Kokenis (Hinsdale, Ill.).

The Bears brought in a three-player class that was ranked No. 7 by ESPN Hoop Gurlz. Cal added guards Afure Jemerigbe (Stockton),  Mikayla Lyles (Bishop O’Dowd High School) and Lindsay Sherbert (Temecula).

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