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Basketball: Jorge impressed by Cal newcomers

I talked late last week with sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez, who had the chance to visit his family in Mexico this summer for the first time in a year-and-a-half.

We touched on several subjects, including his impressions of Cal’s three newcomers. Here’s some of what he had to say:

— On freshman point guard Brandon Smith: “He’s good. He’s pretty smart, he’s strong. I think he can help us.”

— Does that mean Smith may become Jerome Randle’s chief backup, allowing Gutierrez to move more to the wing?   “No clue,” he said. “It’s a coach’s decision. I just want to play.”

— On freshman forward Bak Bak: `He’s very skilled. He just needs to get a little bit of weight, get stronger. He’ll be fine.”

— On JC transfer Markhuri Sanders-Frison, who is trying to drop weight while competing for a starting job at the post: “He’s still good. I think he plays like Harper. He understand the game. Plays hard all the time, plays defense. He does the little things.”

Jeff Faraudo