Cal will announce Monday that it will play its 2011 home games at AT&T Park, a source said today. The school has announced a press conference for tomorrow morning at AT&T, which will be attended by athletic director Sandy Barbour, coach Jeff Tedford and Giants president Larry Baer.
Cal had been considering bids from AT&T Park, Candlestick Park and the Oakland Coliseum. The school was believed to see advantages and disadvantages of each venue. Candlestick obviously is the most outdated stadium and also the farthest away from Cal. The Coliseum could have been a scheduling headache with the A’s and Raiders also playing there, but it’s the closest to campus. The biggest drawback of AT&T is that it has a significantly less capacity than Candlestick or the Coliseum. But it also is the newest facility with the best amenities, and considering it is right off the Bay Bridge, it’s a tolerable location.
I’ll have more after the press conference tomorrow.
Jerome Randle was awarded the Pac-10 Medal as Cal’s outstanding senior male athlete after winning Pac-10 Player of the Year honors finishing his career as the Bears’ all-time scoring leader.
Theo Robertson picked ip the Jake Gimbel Award, given by the university to the outstanding graduating senior athlete for “successful intergration of academic and athletic pursuits.” Robertson scored 1,315 career points and compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA his final three semesters.
Meanwhile. sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez won the Golden Bear Achievement Award for the basketball team for compiling the highest cumulative grade-point average.
All of the awards were presented Thursday at Cal’s Academic Honors Luncheon at the Pauley Ballroom on campus.
Rivals.com this week rated Cal’s incoming basketball recruiting class as the 21st-best in the nation.
“The movement of Allen Crabbe (No. 69) up the rankings and the addition of Emerson Murray places California at No. 21,” Rivals said.
Memphis, Kentucky, Ohio State, North Carolina and N.C. State occupy the site’s top five spots.
Stanford has the Pac-10′s highest-rated class at No. 16 and UCLA is No. 18.
Cal’s jump to No. 21 came with this evaluation: “Mike Montgomery and his staff are losing quite a bit to graduation, but the class of Crabbe, Franklin, Solomon, Rossi and Murray provides a solid foundation for the future. One of the fastest-rising players in the class of 2010, Crabbe is a super-sized wing. Franklin has long been noted for his toughness and ability to hit big shots. Solomon needs to add bulk, but he adds length and athleticism to the interior.
“Rossi is one of the top catch-and-shoot guys in his high school class. A product of Canada, the speedy and athletic Murray is the X-factor of the group. Sources familiar with the Canadian prep scene have indicated to Rivals.com that the Bears have unearthed a hidden gem.”
Cal wide receiver Alex Lagemann, whom I featured last month as an up-and-coming rapper, will appear on “Chronice Live” tonight. He will be joined by Cal defensive end Mike Costanzo, who is Lagemann’s DJ.
Stanford’s Landry Fields, writing for DraftExpress.com, had big praise for Jerome Randle after the Cal star won MVP honors last month at the Portsmouth Invitational camp featuring some of the nation’s top senior NBA prospects. Here’s what Fields had to say:
“While I can speak all day about each and every guy at the camp, I’ll just share with you who I was most impressed with. The invitational’s most valuable player was Jerome Randle, and he deserved it. While he wasn’t my favorite player to watch at the event, mostly because I had seen him for so many years and played against him because he went to Cal, he showed a side of himself that not many got to witness when he was at Berkeley.
“Randle has always been a great passer, but in college he was a score first type point guard. His handle is beyond ridiculous and I promise you he can shoot a few feet inside the half court line with ease and knock it down fairly consistently. However, at the camp he became a pass first point guard. He reminded me of when Sebastian Telfair was in the McDonald’s All-American game and was going for the assist record. I had never seen Randle play this way before.
“He came in with the same mind set as I did; scouts already knew he could score the ball–that was no secret–he wanted to show his ability to do other things, specifically create for others. Randle has always been capable of this, but at the camp he showed it consistently and made it look easy. Every once in a while he would reveal his sweet stroke and rock-solid handle, but he was practically involved in all of his team’s plays and was dropping some serious dimes.”
Aaron Fuller, an all-Big Ten honorable mention forward from Iowa, has transferred to USC and will be eligible for the 2011-12 season after sitting out next year. At 6-6, 230 pounds, Fuller averaged 9.7 ppg and 6.2 rpg this past season.
Cal signee Alex Rossi of New Trier HS in Winnetka, Ill., scored just seven of the 269 points totaled by the two teams in the Academic All-American High School All-Star Classic at Azusa Pacific, but his 3-point shot with six seconds left gave his National All-Stars squad a 136-133 victory.
Three other Cal recruits played for the American squad, including Allen Crabbe, who had 12 points and eight rebounds and won the 3-point shooting contest. Richard Solomon, Crabbe’s teammate at Price HS-Los Angeles, had eight points, three rebounds and two steals, and Gary Franklin Jr. of Mater Dei HS-Santa Ana contributed eight points and five assists.
The National All-Stars, coached by De La Salle HS’s Frank Allocco, got big contributions from three Stanford signees: 24 points and five assits from Anthony Brown, 17 points, six rebounds and three steals from Dwight Powell and nine points and 12 rebounds from Josh Heustis, who also won the slam-dunk contest.
De La Salle’s John McArthur, headed to Santa Clara next season, had 11 points.
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar says he is “ecstatic” about signing Jefferson HS-Portland guard Terrence Ross, but the Huskies still are waiting on a final decision by forward Terrence Jones. Here’s the latest from the Seattle Times.
New Oregon coach Dana Altman signed his first recruit, landing guard Johnathan Loyd of Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas. Altman originally had recruited Loyd to play at Creighton.
If you want to know more about the man now coaching the Ducks, check out Register-Guard columnist George Schroeder’s piece on Altman and his roots in tiny Wilber, Neb.