Theo Robertson Named Team MVP For 2009-10 Season
April 22, 2010
BERKELEY - Senior forward Theo Robertson, who averaged 14.2 ppg and 4.7 rpg this season, took home the honor as California's Most Valuable Player for 2009-10 season. The award was given Thursday night at the annual men's basketball banquet at The Faculty Club.
Robertson finished his Cal career shooting 44 percent from three-point range, which ranks first on Cal's all-time list. A second-team All-Pac-10 selection, Robertson finished conference play tenth in scoring and first in three-point percentage. His season three-point percentage of 45.3 also tied for sixth on the school single-season list.
The 6-6 forward ranks 16th on Cal's all-time scoring list with 1,315 points. He reached the 20-point mark in scoring five times this season, including a career-high 27 points at Arizona. Robertson was also named to the All-Tournament team at the Pac-10 Tournament.
Additional awards presented at the banquet included:
Highest Field Goal Percentage - Jamal Boykin (58.4 percent)Darrall Imhoff Award (leading rebounder - per game) - Jamal Boykin (6.7 rpg)Pete Newell Coach's Award - Jamal BoykinSenior Award - Nikola KnezevicDefensive Player of the Year - Jorge GutierrezJason Kidd Award (leading assists - per game) - Jerome Randle (4.29 apg)Best Free Throw Percentage - Jerome Randle (93.3 percent)Hustle and Spirit Award - Patrick Christopher
Randle led Cal in scoring 18 times in 35 games, including a career-high 39 points at Washington State. The Pac-10 Player of the Year, he finished conference play fourth in scoring with 18.6 ppg and third in assists with 4.29 apg. After averaging 28.5 points in wins over Washington and Washington State, Randle was named Pac-10 Player of the Week and Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week. He scored 24 points against UCLA in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament, passing Sean Lampley for first place on Cal's all-time scoring list. Randle finished his career with 1,835 points.
The 5-10 point guard also set the school single-season record for three-pointers with 92, and established the best season free throw average in school history (93.3 percent). Randle is also Cal's career leader in three-pointers (252) and free throw percentage (88.1 percent) and ranks second with 524 assists. He became the first Cal player to record at least 1700 points and 500 assists.
Christopher earned first team All-Pac-10 honors for the second year in a row, and ranked eighth in the conference in scoring with 15.6 ppg. He led Cal in scoring in 11 of the team's 35 games and finished his career in the top-10 of Cal's all-time scoring list with 1,700 points. Christopher led the team with 56 steals, which was fourth best in the conference. He earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after his second straight double-double at Pacific (22 points, 10 rebounds). Christopher is also Cal's career leader in games played with 134 and never missed a game during his time with the Bears.
Boykin, a 6-8 senior forward, led the Bears in rebounding 14 times in 35 games and finished with a total of 235 (6.7 rpg), which ranked eighth in the conference. A second team All-Pac-10 selection, he recorded eight double-doubles this season and had a career-high 15 rebounds at Kansas. Boykin's career field-goal percentage of 54.7 ranks fourth all-time in school history. He was also third in the conference in field-goal percentage at 58.4 percent this season. Boykin earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after averaging 17 points and 8.5 rebounds in wins over Arizona and Arizona State, which helped Cal clinch its first conference title in 50 years.
Gutierrez ranked third on the team with 28 steals, a sign of his consistent hustle throughout the season. He started 13 games this season and set career highs in points (15), rebounds (8), assists (6), and steals (5). Gutierrez was the first signing by head coach Mike Montgomery.