Coach Mike Montgomery said that senior forward Theo Robertson had a good, hard practice today and, barring a setback Tuesday, will play Wednesday night at Pacific.
“He practiced today, looked pretty good,” Montgomery said. Asked if that means he’s ready to go, Monty added, “I presume so. I’ll see how he is (Tuesday), but he moved around pretty well. Never really begged out. So I’m hoping he can (play).”
Monty said Jorge Gutierrez likely will start against Pacific, but ultimately will probably come off the bench, allowing Robertson to start and giving the team a versatile player who provides energy as a sub.
“We would go back to the way we were, playing him at the 3, then move him to the 4, depending on if we went small,” Montgomery said.
Robertson was averaging 18 points through two games when he injured his right foot before Cal’s games against Syarcuse and Ohio State at Madison Square Garden.
“Theo’s maybe our best shooter and he was playing very well before he got hurt. He’s a smart player,” Montgomery said. “We could have really used him against those zones in New York, having a third pure shooter. I would think it will be much harder loading up on Patrick (Christopher) and Jerome (Randle). It should change things drastically.”
Montgomery didn’t announce who will start at center against the Tigers. “It really doesn’t matter,” Monty said.
Max Zhang has started the past three games, after junior Markhuri Sanders-Frison came down with a serious bout of the flu. Sanders-Frison sat out the Princeton game and totaled just 27 minutes the past two games.
“He was really sick. It’s taken him some time to get his stamina back. But he was good today,” Montgomery said. “I’m glad Max got some confidence because we can use him. We need Markhuri to get his conditioning back and get in shape. He’s a good teammate. He defends well, he talks.”