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Arizona got a commitment from Jesse Perry, a top-75 junior college forward from John A. Logan Community College in Illinois. Perry, at 6-foot-8, reportedly has added more than 30 pounds to his frame since high school and now weighs 210.
— Washington point guard Abdul Gaddy says he has no regrets about his freshman season, calling it a learning experience.
Bay Area teams certainly are familiar with the five players named to the Associated Press All-America first team:
— John Wall, Kentucky: The freshman guard delivered 16.9 ppg and 6.4 apg this season, and had 23 points in the Wildcats’ 73-65 overtime win over Stanford.
— Wesley Johnson, Syracuse: The junior forward logged 16.0 ppg and and 8.4 rpg. He made a big impression on Cal with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks in a 95-73 win at Madison Square Garden.
— Evan Turner, Ohio State: The junior forward averaged 20.3 ppg and 9.3 rpg and was everywhere in a 76-70 win over Cal, totaling 26 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.
— DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky: A 6-11 freshman forward/center, Cousins gave the Wildcats 15.3 ppg and 10.1 rpg, and had 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks in the Cats’ win over Stanford.
— Scottie Reynolds, Villanova: The senior guard averaged 18.5 ppg this season and scored 2,222 points for his career. But he had perhaps his worst game of gthe season in the Wildcats’ 75-68 loss to Saint Mary’s in the NCAA Tournament, shooting 2-for-11 and scoring eight points.
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— At Washington State, freshman guard Xavier Thames, a native of Sacramento who averaged 4.6 ppg and 1.2 rpg in 17.6 minutes per game, has announced he will transfer. Thames played in all 31 WSU games and started four of them. Freshman guard Anthony Brown of Spokane, Wash., told the Spokane Spokesman-Review he also will transfer after playing just five minutes this season. The Spokesman-Review also noted that the Web site Cougfan.com reported the father of Michael Harthun said the sophomore guard from Medford, Ore., will transfer.
— At Arizona, sophomore forward D.J. Shumpert was granted his release and will transfer. Shumpert, a 6-7 native of Tucson, saw action in just 10 games this season, averaging 0.2 ppg and 2.1 minutes.
Cal’s 2010-11 non-conference home schedule will be highlighted by a Dec. 22 visit from Kansas (33-3 this season), along with games against New Mexico (30-5), San Diego State (25-9) and Southern Miss (20-14).
Kansas, the 2009 (oops, thanks Guavaman!) 2008 national champion, will be without departing senior point guard Sherron Collins, along with star center Cole Aldrich, who announced today he will forgo his senior season to enter the NBA draft. Kansas freshman Xavier Henry also could decide to opt for the NBA.
New Orleans (8-22) is expected to be Cal’s season-opening opponent, although a date has not been set. Other visiting teams will be UC Davis (14-18) and Cal Poly (12-19).
Southern Miss will particiate in the Golden Bear Classic, along with two teams yet to be determined.
The Bears’ only non-conference road trips will be against Iowa State (15-17) in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, and in the Old Spice Challenge, Nov. 25-26-28 at the Milk House at Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Also participating in the event will be Boston College (15-16), Georgia (14-17), Manhattan (11-20), Notre Dame (23-12), Temple (29-6), Texas A&M (24-10) and Wisconsin (24-9). Matchups have not been determined.
Coach Mike Montgomery announced today that D.J. Seeley has been given a release from his scholarship, and the sophomore guard confirmed he will transfer to another school.
“It was time for me to move on. I just feel like I need a new start,” Seeley said in a phone interview. “It wasn’t what I was thinking it would be like. It was a hard road. I just know I wasn’t happy.”
Seeley told me it was his idea to move on, but he has not been a good fit for Montgomery’s style of play from the start. Seeley was recruited out of Modesto Christian High by Ben Braun, who was gone by the time Seeley arrived on campus in the fall of 2008.
Former Cal special teams/tight ends coach Pete Alamar has been hired for the same position at Fresno State. Alamar’s contract was not renewed at Cal following last season.
ESPN.com is reporting that former UCLA coach Steve Lavin will be interviewed Monday for the vacant coaching position at St. John’s.
Here’s their full story.
Meanwhile, Texas A&M is giving Mark Turgeon a raise, meaning the one-time Oregon assistant likely is off the table in the Ducks’ search for a new coach. Is Oregon’s pursuit now focused on Pitt’s Jamie Dixon?
Apparently all Ryan Anderson needed was a chance. The former Cal star hadn’t played in five of six games prior to scoring 19 points Friday night in the Orlando Magic’s 106-97 win over Minnesota. He scored 19 more Sunday on 7-for-8 shooting and Orlando beat Denver 103-97.
Anderson is shooting 7-for-14 from the 3-point arc the past two games. Over that span he has scored 38 points in 44 minutes — perhaps the Magic finds some more playing time for the guy.
Former Cal star Ryan Anderson had his most productive game since Nov. 4, scoring 19 points in the Orlando Magic’s 106-97 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Anderson, who had his second-highest scoring game of the season, also grabbed nine rebounds.
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— Former Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny, heading the Ducks’ search for a new coach, reportedly has conducted four interviews so far.
— Senior Quincy Pondexter takes “full responsibility” for Washington’s 69-55 loss to West Virginia in Thursday night’s NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinals.
— Retired Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson said the school’s football program must carry more of its weight financially.