Basketball: A few notes upon my return

Hi all. Back from a vacation that was at once refreshing and exhausting. You know, the kind of vacation where you need another one afterward.

Anyway, checked first thing on the status of Cal’s 2011-12 schedule and . . . nothing yet. Apparently a few contracts to get signed along with first- and second-round home-court opponents for the CBE Classic. Those first two regional-round games will be played Nov. 13-17. The Bears join Notre Dame, Missouri and Georgia at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., for the semifinals and finals, Nov. 21-22.

A few other notes:

— Crabbe/Solomon: Obviously, neither Allen Crabbe nor Richard Solomon made the cut for the U19 national team, which begins play today in the FIBA U19 World Championships in Lithuania. In Crabbe’s case, word is he was competing very well and had a shot at the roster, then took an elbow from a teammate that gave him a broken nose and minor concussion. So they couldn’t keep him. Cal says he will be fine and the mishap won’t affect his availability for the late-summer Euro tour.

— Carter exits: Walk-on senior-to-be Nigel Carter has left the program, apparently on good terms. The 6-foot-4 guard, who played just 34 minutes over Cal’s final 16 games last season, simply wanted the chance to play more before his college days are over. That wasn’t going to happen with Cal, which is deep in the backcourt. No word on where he’s headed, but he wants to play D-I somewhere, meaning he will have to sit out this season first. 

— Anteater alert: Although we don’t have Cal’s schedule, I can tell you the Bears have a non-conference home game vs. UC Irvine on Friday, Dec. 11. Pretty exciting news, huh? The Anteaters might have been an upper-division Big West team, but their top player, senior forward Eric Wise, announced a few weeks ago he has transferred to USC. So you’ll have to wait a year to see him.

Jeff Faraudo

  • bilbo

    Bears host Weber State Dec 16th, which was announced on the Weber St website. Former Oakland High player Damon Lillard returns home.

  • Mike

    Any comments/stories coming on Monty’s apparent lack of ability to close the deal on major recruits and especially local kids?

  • SteveNTexas

    Mike I’ve commented on that a bunch and think it will affect us over the next few years. Rollon and Yoda disagree – we will see.

    Before I saw your post I wanted to comment on Cal finishing #3 in the Director’s Cup. We have a fine overall athletic dept, most around the country just don’t realize it.

  • rollonubears

    i need a post…any post! 8 days is just too long to wait!

    go bears.

  • Willy Loman

    Are you back on vacation?

  • rollonubears

    It was exhausting, and he said he needed another one afterward. Maybe he did. That would be pretty bold thing to tell your boss. A new level of respect for JF right there.

  • Uh Huh!

    Uh, yeah. This is killing me – checking each day only to wonder who turned out the lights.

  • rollonubears

    We could start chatting about the Oregon scandal, and how or whether it will affect us given that we gave that same d-bag 5k for information (hopefully legit info). I’m a bit worried about it.

  • Steak Knives

    This blog is a perfect example of how not to run a blog.

  • SteveNTexas

    Umm Cal has been implicated in the Lyles-Oregon Scandal— I hope it just goes away.

  • Calduke

    I’m glad Desean Jackson identifies himself with Long Beach Poly instead of the University of California.

  • SteveNTexas

    I followed the national adidas sp) tourney held in the midwest where teams from all over the country in the 15, 16 and 17 yr old groups competed showcasing the best kids. Many of the nations top coaches were there to recruit. Duke had Coach K and a million assts, IU which is now ranked #1 in its 2012 class had its staff and USC was represented too.

    Was Monty or any of Cal’s assistants there? I didn’t see a listing of all the schools in attendance.