With Cal’s regular-season opener against Cal State Northridge looming next Tuesday, here’s some hoops reading:
– Jorge Gutierrez provides early evidence in Cal’s exhibition that he can handle the point.
– My season preview story on how Cal (and Stanford) will refuel with freshmen. Here are coach Mike Montgomery’s remarks on the five Cal freshman:
On Allen Crabbe: “Very smooth. Doesn’t make mistakes. Talented. Just needs to be more aggressive.”
On Gary Franklin: “Can really shoot the ball. Has no conscience. Has great range and knows how to get himself freed up to get a shot.”
On Alex Rossi: “Great shooter. Knows how to set up, knows how to get shots, knows how to use screens. Can really shoot the ball.”
On Richard Solomon: “He’s like a colt. He just runs and jumps. He’s long, explosive, sometimes gets a little down on himself. He just needs to stay positive. He’s got a really good upside.”
On Emerson Murray: “Emerson’s really athletic. He’s a tremendous competitor. He’s shot the ball better than we imagined. He’s bouncy. He just needs some experience to kind of put those things into play.”