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Basketball: Jorge impressed by Cal newcomers

By Jeff Faraudo
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 at 1:31 pm in Basketball, Pre-season.

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.”

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  • rollonubears

    thanks jeff. any talk about max xang since he dominated that intl. tournament?

  • Jeff Faraudo

    Cal’s coaches are hopeful that Max Zhang can have some impact this season. Montgomery told me recently that although the competition level Max faced at the World University Games wasn’t always high, he is encouraged by the confidence Max gained and the numbers he put up. If the Bears can get 10 productive minutes per game from Zhang — meaning mostly he is a factor defensively and as a rebounder — I’m guessing they will be happy. His upside remains intriguing, but Max needs more strength and still needs to catch up to the speed of the game at this level.

  • Bears

    JF
    Exactly right, if Max can move a little faster and get a little stronger and tougher he can make an impact.
    Any news from Harper Kamp?
    Hope the guy is healthy.
    thx

  • GoldenBV

    Thanks for the tidbits. Would love to read some more in depth stories on the team. How has Seeley developed since last year?

  • Grizzlypeakbear

    Jeff, just wanted to say, the preseason interviews are fantastic and greatly appreciated..