Basketball: Brandon Smith’s status still unclear

Cal basketball coach Mike Montgomery said this morning he’s still not sure whether junior guard Brandon Smith will be available for Thursday’s game at Washington.

He said he’s been optimistic┬ábefore the past two games, but Smith didn’t score well enough on the reaction test given to athletes who experienced concussions.

He will undergo the test at least once more before Thursday,

Smith suffered his concussion two weeks ago Thursday in the final minute of the Bears’ loss at Oregon State.

— Meanwhile, UW coach Lorenzo Romar has ruled out sophomore C.J. Wilcox — the Huskies’ No. 2 scorer at 15.5 ppg — this week, meaning he will miss games vs. Pac-12 co-leaders Cal and Stanford.

“He’s very doubtful for next weekend,” Romar told the Seattle Times. “We’re hopeful that when we go to Arizona, he may be able to give us something. But he’s very doubtful. I wouldn’t plan on him being able to go next week.

“He has a stress fracture in his femur. Not a huge one. It’s something that can be managed and could possibly heal on its own. That’s why he has to rest it. His leg actually feels better today than it did against Seattle U. (on Tuesday). And he played against Seattle U. 30-plus minutes. But if he continues to do that it’s going to progress on the decline and it’s not going to get any better. So he has to rest.

“It’s just kind of been going on a couple of weeks.”

Jeff Faraudo