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Cal coach Mark Madsen essentially reshaped the Bears' roster by signing eight transfer players for Cal's first season in the ACC. How has Madsen fared now that activity in the transfer portal has died down?

ESPN and CBS Sports have commented on the basketball transfers.

CBS Sports categorizes Cal as one of 13 “winners” of the transfer competition with this comment:

Winner: Cal wins in the portal

Cal's new transfer class is led by former McDonald's All-American Andrej Stojakovic, the son of former NBA star Peja Stojaković. After spending his freshman season in the Bay Area at Stanford, Stojaković committed to Mark Madsen and the Bears despite interest from high-profile clubs like North Carolina and Kentucky. Stojaković is one of six new transfers. Air Force forward Rytis Petraitis, Michigan State center Mady Sissoko, Minnesota forward Josh Ola-Joseph, Vanderbilts' Lee Dort and North Dakota's BJ Omot are the others who will help the program transition from the Pac-12 to the ACC.

ESPN's assessment of the winners and losers in the transfer portal, Cal did not count among the 16 “big winners”, but instead placed the Bears in the “complete rebuilds” category with this comment:

California Golden Bears: Mark Madsen only brought back 1.3 points per game from last season and therefore had to dip into the portal. The result: nine transfers. Stanford transfer Andrej Stojakovic – the son of Peja – was a big coup at the beginning of the cycle, while BJ Omot (North Dakota) and Rytis Petraitis (Air Force) are interesting new additions.

In fact, there were eight transfers, with Christian Tucker and DJ Tucker not listed in the CBS Sports report. Cal traded six players and all five of its 2023-24 regulars are gone.

ESPN has rated the 100 best transfersand only one Cal newcomer made this list: Andrej Stojakovic, but he was high on the list, coming in at number 28 with this comment:

28. Andrej Stojakovic, 6-7, SF, Fr., Stanford Cardinal

Committed to CAL

The son of Peja Stojakovic, he was a McDonald's All American in the class of 2023. Stojakovic scored in double figures three times in his first four games, scoring 20 against USC, averaging 7.8 points.

You might think that BJ Omot or Rytis Petraitis would also make it onto this list, but that is not the case.

So does Cal have enough talent to compete in the NCAA tournament next season? Joe Lunardi posted his latest version of Bracketology this week, and seven ACC teams made the hypothetical field. Cal did not. ACC teams in the field included Duke, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Miami, Wake Forest and Clemson. Only three members of last season's Pac-12 Conference made the field: UCLA, USC and Arizona

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