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Basketball: Amoke talks — a little

By Jeff Faraudo
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 7:46 pm in Basketball.

I spoke late this afternoon with suspended Cal forward Omondi Amoke, who prefaced our brief phone conversation by saying he isn’t supposed to discuss his situation. 

“I’m just not supposed to talk about anything,” Amoke said. “But I’m optimistic about things.”

The sophomore from Oxnard was suspended indefinitely on March 17 for violation of undisclosed team rules.

Asked if he could explain why he was suspended, Amoke said, “I really can’t even comment on it.”

I tried to reach coach Mike Montgomery for a response, especially to Amoke’s contention that he is “optimistic” about being reinstated at some point. Montgomery, who is preparing to leave for the Final Four in Indianapolis, said through a Cal spokesperson that the situation is unchanged and that he has no comment at this point.

Amoke said he continues to attend class, but does not know when his situation might be resolved. He said he has spoken to teammates, but declined to provide any details.

Amoke started 14 games this season, averaging 4.8 points and 4.6 rebounds. He was suspended two days before Cal’s NCAA Tournament opener against Louisville, and did not accompany the team on its trip to Jacksonville, Fla.

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  • joey

    I hope Amoke comes back because the team needs him. We are not going to get a good player with his skill set this late in the recruiting process. Besides, Amoke played hard, rebounded well and cut to the basket for easy layups all season long.

    Hopefully, whatever caused the suspension will work itself out and he will be the better from it. Can’t say there are too many college students who didn’t break rules or laws at some point while they were in school. I knew a lot who did.

  • abe

    quit toying with us jeff, please…

  • Will

    Hopefully whatever he did was not too bad, but the fact that it’s taking this long to determine what exactly happened doesn’t bode well for him.

    I’d love to have him back, as he has a lot of talent. But if he’s guilty of a serious infraction, we have no use for him.