Basketball: `Channeling Kapp’

Got a call this evening from a long-time NBA scout I know, who phoned for no other reason than to tell me how much he admires the way Jorge Gutierrez plays the game.

“Joe Kapp was the best competitior I ever saw at Cal,” the scout said, noting that the future Super Bowl quarterback also played on Pete Newell’s basketball team. “That Gutierrez kid must be channeling Joe Kapp.”

My friend said he told several other scouts recently that no one in the Pac-10 impacts the game in more ways than Gutierrez.

I asked if a year from now Gutierrez might get some attention from NBA scouts.

“He’s not a good shooter,” the scout told me, “but you’ve got to take a look at anybody who plays that hard.”

Jeff Faraudo