Cal Hosts Two Exhibition Opponents
Nov. 8, 2003
Exhibition #1 - Athletes in Action at California Golden Bears
Monday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Exhibition #2 - EA Sports at California
Friday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
California takes to the court twice this week in a pair of exhibition games designed to get the Golden Bears prepared for their Nov. 21 regular-season opener vs. Cal Poly.
Cal first hosts Athletes in Action Monday, before playing EA Sports Friday night, two opponents comprised of former college standouts. Among the players on the AIA roster are ex-Bear Solomon Hughes and former Arizona State forward Shawn Redhage, while EA Sports features former UCLA Bruins Ed O'Bannon, Matt Barnes and Ray Young, in addition to Arizona's Rick Anderson.
Cal, meanwhile, returns 10 lettermen, including three starters - F Amit Tamir, C Gabriel Hughes and G Richard Midgley - from last year's team that finished 22-9 overall, 13-5 in the Pac-10 (3rd place) and reached the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
The Bears have been picked to repeat their third-place showing in the annual Pac-10 media poll, which was released last week. Arizona is the conference favorite, followed by Stanford, Cal, Oregon and USC.
Tamir, one of four seniors on the squad, is the Bears' leading returning scorer (14.9 ppg in 2002-03), rebounder (6.5 rpg) and assist man (3.0 apg). An All-Pac-10 and first team Pac-10 All-Academic choice last year, Tamir has added several preseason awards for '03-04 - top 50 candidate for the John Wooden All-America team, top 30 candidate for the Naismith National Player of the Year award and Playboy All-American.
Cal's new editions will also get an opportunity to display their skills in the exhibition contests. Ranked in the Top 10 by most recruiting services, the Bears' freshman group includes two Parade All-Americans (F Leon Powe and G Ayinde Ubaka) and a former state player of the year (G/F Marquise Kately), as well as 6-8 win Dominic McGuire. Powe has already been deemed the preseason Pac-10 Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News, Basketball News and ESPN.com.
Cal, which was ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for seven weeks last year with a high of No. 18 during the month of February, has been rated in several preseason polls heading into the year. Among the ratings are: No. 25 by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and No. 24 by The Sporting News.
Preseason Honors for Tamir, Midgley, Powe
Returning starters Amit Tamir and Richard Midgley, as well as incoming freshman Leon Powe, have received several preseason honors this year. Tamir, in addition to his Wooden All-America team and Naismith award candidacies, is one of five players on Lindy's magazine's 2004 All-Pac-10 squad and one of 10 players on the 2003-04 Playboy All-America team. Midgley is a third team All-Pac-10 choice by Lindy's, while Powe is rated the top newcomer in the conference by ESPN.com, Basketball News and The Sporting News, which also lists him as the No. 11 power forward in the country. As a group, Cal's frontcourt is ranked 10th in the nation by TSN.
Recruiting Class Ranked High Nationally
Cal's four-man recruiting class of F Leon Powe, G Ayinde Ubaka, G/F Marquise Kately and F Dominic McGuire has been ranked among the nation's Top 10 by several publications, including No. 9 by CollegeSports.com and No. 1 in the Pac-10 by The Sporting News. Powe earned first team Parade and McDonald's All-America honors at Oakland Tech HS, while Ubaka was a fourth-team Parade All-America choice. Kately is a former state player of the year out of San Francisco's Riordan HS, and McGuire, from Lincoln HS in San Diego, once had 18 points, 18 rebounds and 18 blocks in a game.
Cal to Retire Jason Kidd's Jersey before Stanford Game
Cal will retire Jason Kidd's No. 5 jersey in a ceremony before the Feb. 14 Stanford game. Kidd, an All-American guard for the Bears from 1993-94, was the 1993 National Freshman of the Year and the '94 Pac-10 Player of the Year. He is the third Bear male to receive the honor, joining guard Kevin Johnson (1984-87, #11) and forward Alfred Grigsby (1992-97, #4).
Bears Out to Keep Postseason, 20-Win Streaks Alive
Cal has advanced to postseason play for five consecutive years - two NIT, three NCAA - the longest streak in school history. The previous best run came from 1957-60 when Pete Newell's teams reached the NCAA Tournament four straight seasons. If the Bears can reach the NCAA playoffs again this March, they would match Newell's squads for the Cal NCAA record. In addition, the Bears have won at least 20 games each of the past three seasons - a feat accomplished only one other time, when Nibs Price guided Cal to records of 30-6 in 1946, 20-11 in '47 and 25-9 in '48.
Golden Bear Notes ...
Cal radio broadcasts on KFRC (610 AM) will begin with the Nov. 21 Cal Poly game ... in addition to returning walk-on G Martin Smith, Cal has added two freshman walk-ons for the 2003-04 season - G Alex Pribble (Fairfax, CA/Drake HS) and G Cyrus Goode (East Palo Alto, CA/Eastside Prep HS) ... senior G A.J. Diggs attended the Public Policy International Affairs fellowship program for seven weeks at Princeton University over the summer ... Cal's ninth-ranked volleyball team will host Oregon in its final home match of the year at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21; the Cal vs. Cal Poly men's basketball season opener will follow at 8 p.m. ... Cal Sports Magazine, Cal's highlights show on Fox Sports Net Bay Area, will air a pre-Pac-10 special several times in December and will be shown on a weekly basis starting in January ... tickets for the Pete Newell Challenge at the Arena in Oakland, which are sold separately from Cal's own season-ticket package, are available through Tickets.com or at the Arena box office ... for Cal tickets, visit www.CalBears.com or call (800) GO BEARS.