Rayburn Receives Medical Exemption; Pribble Gains Scholarship

Sept. 7, 2005

BERKELEY - Center Sam Rayburn has received a medical exemption due to injury and walk-on guard Alex Pribble has been awarded a scholarship for the 2005-06 season, head coach Ben Braun announced Wednesday.

Rayburn, a 7-0 center out of Sunset High School in Portland, Ore., redshirted during his freshman season last year following knee surgery. Due to a degenerative condition in his knee, Cal's medical staff determined that Rayburn would not be able to compete at the collegiate level.

By receiving a medical exemption, Rayburn is able to retain his scholarship to complete his academic work at Cal, but the scholarship will not count against the team's NCAA maximum of 13 scholarships.

'It's unfortunate that Sam will not be able to resume his college basketball career,' Braun said. 'I know how determined he was to succeed at this level and be a big part of our program. Sam will no doubt succeed in his academic endeavors and will always remain a big part of our team.'

Pribble, a6-4 guard from Fairfax, Calif., and Drake High School, begins his third season with the Golden Bears this year. During the 2004-05 campaign, he appeared in 20 games and averaged 0.8 ppg and 0.5 rpg. He also played in 15 of 18 Pac-10 contests, providing valuable support to the backcourt while Richard Midgley and Ayinde Ubaka were nursing injuries. Pribble earned second team Pac-10 All-Academic honors and received the team's Hustle Award at Cal's awards banquet last spring.

As a freshman, Pribble saw action in three games and earned Cal's Coaches Award after the season.

'I'm pleased that we were able to extend a scholarship to Alex for this season,' Braun said. 'Nobody works any harder than Alex, and he is a great representative of a Cal basketball student-athlete.'

Pribble is the seventh walk-on to be awarded a scholarship during Braun's nine-year tenure with the Bears, joining teammate Martin Smith and former players Robbie Jones, Ryan Forehan-Kelly, Morgan Lingle, A.J. Diggs and Conor Famulener.

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