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Basketball: It’s Terrence times two for UW

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar got the two Terrences on Friday — high-end Jefferson HS-Portland recruits Ross and Jones — although only one of them signed his letter-of-intent immediately.

Ross put his Terrence on paper, while Jones, regarded as one of the elite prospects on the West Coast, gave a verbal commitment, then apparently spent time on the phone with Kentucky coach John Calipari. You gotta love high basketball recruiting.

Here’s the Seattle Times story, plus beat reporter Percy Allen’s blog post on the topic.

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Basketball: Four Cal recruits to play in Academic All-America game Saturday

Four Cal recruits will be in action Saturday in the second annual High School Academic All-America Classic on Saturday at the Felix Events Center on the campus of Azusa Pacific University. The game brings together top prospects who also have exceled in the classroom and the community.

Gary Franklin, Richard Solomon and Allen Crabbe will play for the American All-Stars, coached by Michael Lynch of Price High School, while Alex Rossi will be on the National All-Stars, coached by De La Salle’s Frank Alloco.

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Basketball: Amoke dismissed from team

It’s been a long time coming, but no surprise at the word today that Cal has dismissed sophomore forward Omondi Amoke from the team.

Here’s the official statement from Cal: “Omondi Amoke has been dismissed from the California men’s basketball team for a violation of team rules, head coach Mike Montgomery announced Friday. Amoke had originally been suspended from the team indefinitely on March 17.”

I will try to get more on this later today, but it’s now official.

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Basketball: Murray signed and sealed

Cal received Emerson Murray’s signed letter-of-intent Thursday, allowing coach Mike Montgomery to make his first public comments on the 6-foot-3 combo guard from Vancouver, B.C.

“We’re really excited about Emerson,” Montgomery said in a statement. “First and foremost, he’s a tremendous person. He’s very positive, friendly and polite. He’s the kind of guy that you love to be around. I think he’ll be a tremendous addition to the California family and community. More importantly for us, as a basketball player, he’s very athletic. He’s very quick laterally and very explosive.”

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Basketball: It’s official — 68 teams in 2011

The NCAA Board of Directors today approved a 68-team field for the NCAA Tournament, beginning next season. The move was a rubber-stamp approval one week after NCAA officials made the recommendation.

The expansion is the first since 2001, when the tournament went from 64 to 65 teams.

 The format for the tournament has yet to be worked out and likely will be announced sometime this summer.

I think the change is fine — a good way to get three more teams into the field without losing the essence or charm of the event. A 96-team format would have been entirely different, purely a money grab, with no promise that the tournament would be any better than it’s been, or even as good.

What do you think?

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Football: Boateng to get look

Former Cal wide receiver Nyan Boateng has been invited to the 49ers’ rookie mini-camp this weekend. Boateng did not sign a contract and is simply getting a chance to try out in front of the 49ers coaches. This is a similar arrangement to what Nate Longshore did at Miami’s rookie mini-camp following last year’s draft.

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Basketball: Bears to play Dec. 4 at Iowa State in Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series

Cal will visit Iowa State on Saturday, Dec. 4 as part of the fourth Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Tipoff times and television information will be announced later.

The Bears Iowa State 82-63 in Berkeley this past season, and are 2-1 in the Hardwood Series.

The Cyclones will be coached next season by first-year coach Fred Hoiberg, an Ames, Iowa native who was so popular during his playing days at ISU that he was known as “The Mayor.”

Iowa State was 15-17 last season and loses its two best players. Junior PF Craig Brackins (16.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg) declared for the NBA draft and SF Marquis Gilstrap (14.9 ppg) had his appeal for an extra year of eligibility denied by the NCAA. Three other players, including starting center Justin Hamilton, have announced plans to transfer. 

The Big 12 fashioned a 9-3 record in the series last year and has a three-year record of 20-16 against the Pac-10.

Here’s the full Big 12/Pac-10 schedule:

2010 BIG 12/PAC-10 HARDWOOD SERIES
 
Saturday, November 27
USC at Nebraska
 
Thursday, December 2
Missouri at Oregon
UCLA at Kansas
Arizona State at Baylor
 
Friday, December 3
Kansas State at Washington State
 
Saturday, December 4
Oregon State at Colorado
California at Iowa State
Texas Tech at Washington
Sunday, December 5
Texas at USC
Oklahoma at Arizona
 
Saturday, December 11
Washington at Texas A&M
 
Tuesday, December 21
Stanford at Oklahoma State