In our ongoing chats with Cal basketball players, today we visit with . . .
Position: Shooting guard
Your five-man Dream Team, including yourself in the lineup: I’ll put myself at at the 2. No disrespect to Magic (Johnson), but Kobe (Bryant) has evolved as a player. I’m putting him at the 1. I’ll put Jordan at the 3 and LeBron at the 4. I’ll go with Shaq at center.
Age when you first dunked: I was 14. I was playing around after my ninth grade season and ended up getting a dunk on the side.
How tall you really are, if the doctor measured you barefoot: 6-4
How many pairs of basketball shoes you own: I don’t know. I’m going to say 70 pairs.
Coolest place you’ve been to play basketball: Coco Beach, Fla. I was playing travel ball at the age of 11. I think it’d be better at 21.
The place you’ve never been that you’d love to visit: Heaven
Besides Cal, the Pac-10 school with the best basketball fans: Honestly, I like Washington State.
The worst: Oregon State.
If you could be an Olympic athlete, other than basketball, your sport/event: Hockey. I’ve never ice skated, but I tip my hat to hockey players. It seems like they have to do a lot. They have to skate on ice and hit a puck with a stick.
The sport you refuse to watch: I don’t refuse to watch anything. I’ll watch any women’s sport because I’m a fan of women. Baseball is cool. A lot of basketball players don’t like football, but I’ll watch it. Being in college, I support all of Cal’s teams.
The actor who plays you in the movie version of your life: Will Smith
Actress who plays the lead opposite you: Halle Berry
Best concert you ever saw: Alicia Keys
Least favorite kind of music: Rock
Favorite meal your mother cooks: My dad was actually the chef for the family. He made this dish with rice and ground beef and cream of mushroom soup. It was something my grandmother used to make. I make it now.
Food you will not eat: Eggplant
Three people in history you’d like to have dinner with: Jesus, Malcolm X and Ralph Lauren.
The smartest guy on the Cal team: Brandon Smith
The funniest: Nikola Knezevic
The best athlete: Can I pick myself?