Arizona basketball alum Sean Rooks applauds his son Kameron's choice of attending Cal next season.

And he revealed that Kameron has grown to nearly 7-foot-1.

"He's 7-foot, 3/4 of an inch," Sean Rooks said. "He's like a weed. Every time he comes around it seems like he's getting bigger and bigger."

Sean Rooks played for Lute Olson at Tucson, but said he's thrilled with Kameron's decision to join Mike Montgomery's program in Berkeley.

"I have the utmost respect for coach Montgomery," said Rooks, who averaged 11.6 points at Arizona from 1989 through '92, when Montgomery was coaching at Stanford clubs. "They were our No. 1 rival. He always had classy, well-coached teams.

"I had a good father in coach Olson, but he was like the father across the street," Rooks said of Montgomery. "My son can't be playing for any better coach. He's going to get the University of California education and Cal is one of my secret favorite places."

Kameron Rooks announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he will play for Cal next season, joining a recruiting class that also includes four-star prospect Jabari Bird of Salesian-Richmond. Rooks also had offers from Arizona and Arizona State.

Asked how his Arizona friends responded to Kameron's decision, Sean Rooks said, "My best comeback is I'm loyal to my alma later, but it's 110 percent my son first."


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Rated a three-star prospect out of Mission Hills High in San Marcos, Rooks doesn't yet understand his potential, according to his father.

"He hasn't really tapped into understanding exactly what kind of player he is," said Sean, who played 11 NBA seasons. "Right now, he has a really big body, a good mindset for the game, great hands. He sees the floor well and he's a very unselfish player."

Sean Rooks said his son may need to drop a few of his 280 pounds, but provides the Bears with a throwback big man.

"I think he's rare. There's tall people, but there's not a lot of big bodies," Sean Rooks said. "Big guys are late bloomers. Once he starts understanding how strong he is and starts to develop, he's going to be an excellent player."

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