Basketball: Mizzou frosh transfers to Cal

Cal got word today that Ricky Kreklow, a 6-6, 195-pound shooting guard from Missouri, will transfer to Berkeley, according to a report from KOMU8-TV in Columbia, Mo.

Kreklow, who reportedly picked Cal over Gonzaga, left Missouri last month in the wake of coach Mike Anderson moving on to Arkansas. Kreklow averaged 2.1 points in 9.8 minutes of action over 32 games as a freshman this past season. He must sit out the 2011-12 campaign and will have three seasons of eligibility at Cal.

Regarded as an excellent 3-point shooter, Kreklow¬†is a native of Columbia and attended Rock Bridge HS, where he was Mr. Show Me Basketball as a senior, given to the state’s top high school player. He averaged 16.8 points and 6.0 rebounds as a high school senior and was twice an all-state selection.

His father, Wayne, is head coach of the Missouri women’s volleyball team, starred in basketball at Drake University and played one season (1980-81) with the Boston Celtics. His mother, Susan, is the Mizzou program’s director of volleyball.


Football: DeMartinis gone, Bigelow ready

Colleague Jon Wilner passes on a few notes he got from talking with Jeff Tedford at Pac-12 media day:

  • Offensive tackle Sam DeMartinis has decided to “move on.” DeMartinis has already earned his degree. This comes as a mild surprise because DeMartinis got plenty of reps during the spring. But, of course, a big reason for that was the absence of Mitchell Schwartz. Perhaps DeMartinis sees Schwartz and Matt Summers-Gavin entrenched at the tackle sports for his senior season.
  • Tedford said incoming freshman running back Brendan Bigelow will be ready to go when training camp starts on Aug. 6. Since Tedford can’t watch players work out over the summer, he said he really doesn’t have a good sense of Bigelow’s health. But Tedford was told by trainers that Bigelow is cleared to practice, and that he assumes that means practicing in full capacity. Bigelow is coming off two major knee injuries, the second of which wiped out his senior season of high school. Tedford has said during the offseason that he’s hopeful Bigelow, who is believed to be supremely talented when healthy, can compete for playing time immediately.

Football: Cal picked 5th in North

Cal has been chosen to finish fifth in the Pac-12 North Division in the preseason Pac-12 media poll that was released this morning at Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles.

The Bears receieved 110 points, 10 behind fourth-place Oregon State. Washington State was chosen to finish last with 51 points.

Oregon was picked to win the North Division and the Pac-12 championship. USC was chosen to win the Pac-12 South Division, but the Trojans are ineligible to participate in the first-ever Pac-12 championship game because of NCAA sanctions. Arizona State was chosen to place second in the South.


Football: Pac-12 media day

As most of you know, Pac-12 media day is tomorrow. You can watch the podium part of the program on the conference’s web site. Click here to view it.

Make sure you don’t miss the beginning. Cal is first at the podium, beginning at 9:05 a.m. Coach Jeff Tedford and wide receiver Marvin Jones (fresh off his live chat with us) are representing the Bears.


Football: Ross to Patriots, Edwards to 49ers

Former Cal wide receiver Jeremy Ross said in a text message tonight that he is joining the New England Patriots.

Since the NFL isn’t allowing undrafted free agents to sign until Tuesday, Ross isn’t officially under contract as of yet. But that’s expected to happen tomorrow.

Former OL Donovan Edwards, meanwhile, tweeted that he is heading to the 49ers.

I also received a text message from former CB Darian Hagan, who as of earlier this evening hadn’t heard from any teams yet.