I spent some time digging around to see what I could find out about ex-Cal players competing overseas.
Here’s what I found — including a couple surprises.
Other ex-Bears may be playing in Europe or elsewhere also — this is by no means intended to be an exhaustive list. If you know the whereabouts of others, please chime in.
– Jerome Randle: The reigning Pac-10 player of the year is playing in the Turkish Basketball League for Aliaga Petkim, averaging 18.3 points and 4.1 assists and shooting 91 percent from the foul line. He ranks sixth in the league in scoring. Almost exactly his senior season numbers.
– Patrick Christopher: Randle’s old teammate is now a Turkish league rival, averaging 17.6 points and 4.9 rebounds for Antalya. He recently scored 22 points in a loss. His teammates include one-time Arizona recruit J.P. Prince.
– Jelani Gardner: Believe it not, he’s still playing. Recently turned 35, Gardner is averaging 14.2 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Milton Keynes Lions of the British league. Gardner is best remembered by Cal fans, of course, for having a father who sold his services to ex-Cal coach Todd Bozeman.
– Eric Vierneisel: If I was surprised that Gardner still is making a living playing ball, imagine my shock that Vierneisel is on anyone’s payroll. Nice guy, not much of a player for the Bears. He’s averaging 4.4 points as a reserve for Dusseldorf in the respected German Bundesliga. Good for him.
I’m told that Jamal Boykin also is playing in Turkey, although I could not find his name on any roster. Theo Robertson underwent more surgery on his hip and is rehabbing.
Diamon Simpson, formerly of Hayward HS and Saint Mary’s, is playing in the Turkish league, as are former UCLA players Michael Roll and Josh Shipp.
Plenty of other familiar names: Former Stanford star Casey Jacobsen is averaging 12 points for Bamberg, the first-place team in the Bundesliga. San Pablo native and ex-Santa Clara star John Bryant is averaging 15 points and 10.8 rebounds for Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany.
Nic Wise (Arizona), Jason Gardner (Arizona), Aron Baynes (WSU) and Toby Bailey (UCLA) also are playing in Germany.
Kennedy Winston, who once signed with Cal then de-committed, is averaging 17.3 points for Bologna in Italy. Former USC point guard Daniel Hackett also is playing in the Italian league.