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Basketball: Kamp likely to red-shirt

Coach Mike Montgomery said during his weekly press conference today that junior power forward Harper Kamp probably will be red-shirted because his surgically repaired right knee still isn’t allowing him to play.

Asked if the decision has been made, Montgomery said, “Not yet, we’re close. I think he’s leaning toward not playing. He had a pretty tough year last year and I think he’s a little bit leery of having that same experience again.”

Kamp, who figured to compete for a starting job this season, underwent a lateral release procedure on his right knee last April 1 to correct a kneecap tilt that caused painful grinding and cartilage damage. He had surgery on the same knee the year before.

On other health issues:

– Monty said senior wing Theo Robertson, who has missed the past four games with a right foot injury, will stay home from the Bears’ trip to play at New Mexico on Wednesday, with the hope he can get in two strong workouts. If things go well, the Bears hope to have Robertson back on the floor either Saturday against Iowa State or next Wednesday at Pacific.

– Guard Jorge Gutierrez, who played just seven minutes Sunday against Princeton while recovering from the flu, sat out practice Monday but is expected to play at New Mexico. Center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, who missed the Princeton game with the flu, will make the trip and probably will play, although Montgomery said he lost close to 10 pounds while ill.

– Reserve forward Omondi Amoke, who has totaled 31 rebounds the past three games, also is fighting the flu but figures to play Wednesday.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Jabes

    Thank you for the timely updates and other information on Pac-10 basketball. This has been very useful in keeping in touch with the season, including downloading a quick update from Haas just before gametime to answer questions like “Where’s Sanders-Frison”.

    Amoke still looks rough on offense and somehow (at least in person) his rebounding does not stand out. Hopefully he can continue the same on the tough road games the next couple of weeks and in Pac-10 play. With Kamp likely out for the season, Amoke and Sanders-Frison need to be glass cleaners and create a physical presense.

  • milo

    Wow, Kamp is out? Bummer. Cal really needed him but I know he’ll be back and stronger.

    It just means MSF, Amoke and Max have to step up. Amoke is there. I think Max can do okay (4 pts. 4 rbs, 1 blocked shot in 20 mins., Jordan Wilkes territory) as the back-up (he has to) but he can’t carry the load.

    Markurri has to step-up fast, get rebs and stop fouling (play with his feet not his hands). He can do it (he has to).

    The pre-season now is about setting up the line-up and prepping for the Pac-10 season.

    Go Bears!

  • uh oh

    Milo:
    Please don’t compare Max to Wilkes. Max has 3 inches on him, but Wilkes had such a greater basketball knowledge and could hit face up jumpers and pass from the high post. Where they are similar is both really tall and neither as strong on the board as we’d like them to be.

    I’m listening to this interview of Monty talking about Max on calbears.com – recommended!