Cal's firing of head basketball coach Ben Braun may cause Modesto Christian High senior D.J. Seeley to reconsider his commitment to the school, according to Seeley's mother, Dortha Young.
"We're just waiting to see the new coach coming in and what he's going to be like," Young said. "If D.J. clicks with the new coach, everything will be good. We're not making any harsh decisions right away."
Seeley, who could not be reached for comment, averaged 21.9 points and five assists per game this season for the Crusaders, who reached the NorCal Division IV championship game. He committed verbally to Cal prior to the start of his senior season, then signed his letter-of-intent Feb. 6.
Once the letter-of-intent is signed, both the athlete and the school are committed to each other for one year. Cal cannot back out of its scholarship commitment to Seeley, unless the senior fails to meet the academic requirements for admission.
To date, Seeley has yet to meet the combination of course work and test score minimums that would allow him to enroll in Berkeley. According to MC coach Gary Porter, Seeley is very close to meeting those requirements.
Seeley's other option would be to petition Cal for a release from his scholarship. Most schools would agree to such a release, as long as the athlete agrees not to immediately enroll at another school in the same conference.
Braun was 219-154 in 12 seasons with the Bears and took the team to five NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Sweet 16 in 1997. But Cal has finished eighth or ninth in the Pac-10 in three of the last four seasons.
Young said Braun was a major reason her son signed with Cal, which is why Seeley is taking a wait-and-see approach to joining the program this fall.
"Coach Braun is a good man and I'm truly sad he's not going to be there," Young said. "I would have preferred for him to be there.
"I think Cal is going to miss him and I know we're going to miss him."