Famulener: 'Teams are going to be surprised'

Nov. 5, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. - When Cal basketball's senior forward Conor Famulener wasn't working out in Berkeley during the offseason, he spent his time learning from big man guru and former Cal coach Pete Newell in Las Vegas.

Q)How was your personal offseason? Did you go anywhere on vacation?

'I went to San Diego once for a weekend, but I'm a senior now - I didn't want to miss any workouts during the week. I went to [Las] Vegas for [Pete Newell's] Big Man's Camp this year, so that was a pretty nice vacation. We played three hours a day, so you got a lot of free time. I got to see some of my friends from high school and other colleges. And Amit [Tamir] and Gabe [Hughes] went, so it was really cool to spend some time with them out in Vegas and have a good time.'

Q)How was the team's offseason?

'This is the first time the whole team has stayed on campus working out together as a team, with our new strength coach, Coach Mike Blasquez, who's made a significant improvement to our program in terms of the look of our bodies and our speed and strength. Our endurance this year is also going to be a lot better, in terms of how we're going to look in the fourth quarter. I think some teams are going to be surprised with how well-conditioned we are, because at this point in the season we are already about as well-conditioned as we were mid-season last year. We're ahead of the game right now, which is really nice.'

Q)What parts of your game did you work on in the offseason?

'I balanced three or four days working out with two days of an internship that I was doing also. I didn't miss a workout all summer. I was doing an internship in Oakland as well, so that was pretty cool the company was flexible with me to do that. With my individual game, I worked on my shooting, I worked on my strength a lot, and I worked on getting healthy, because my body's been banged up a little bit.'

Q)Where did you intern at?

'I interned at a commercial real estate company. I'm majoring in mass communications, which doesn't really relate to real estate, but that's what I've decided on, real estate. This summer definitely convinced me.'

Q)How will your team do this year?

'The last few years we've done well, but we're not satisfied. We want to go farther this year, and I think we have the talent to do it.'

Q)Are the freshman as good as they're hyped up to be?

'The hype's there, but I think they're going to live up to the hype. Ayinde [Ubaka] and Leon [Powe], they're probably more hyped than the other two, but Leon's going to be very good this year. He might have the same impact that [2002-03 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year] Ike Diogu had at Arizona State last year. Ayinde, Dom [McGuire] and Marquise [Kately], they're all very talented. They'll bring up the offense. They're still inexperienced. But once they pick up some reps, they're going to be pretty good.'

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