Basketball: Arizona’s Miller a big Kamp fan

Arizona coach Sean Miller, speaking this morning on the weekly Pac-10 teleconference call, was enthusiastic in his praise of Cal junior Harper Kamp, who scored a career-high 33 points in Saturday’s 107-105 triple-overtime loss to the Wildcats.

“We’ve played against Cal twice now and Harper Kamp has had two very good games,” Miller said. “This last game it’s hard to really explain how easily he scored on our team. I wasn’t for lack of effort on our part.

“To me, Harper Kamp has emerged as one of the top seven players in our conference and that’s being a little understated on my part. He really willed his team in many instances. We have a world of respect for him and deservedly so. I don’t know if enough people know how talented a player he is.”

Kamp has improved his season scoring average to 15.1 points per game, and is at 17.3 ppg in Pac-10 games. He has scored in double digits 12 consecutive games and contributed 18 points or more to 10 of Cal’s 23 games.

Jeff Faraudo