In our (very) unofficial poll of your favorite Cal basketball player, looks like Leon Powe scores a narrow victory over Jorge Gutierrez (8 to 7), with Jason Kidd (5), Jerome Randle (5) and Kevin Johnson (4) close behind.
All good choices.
Now, some of you pretty much stuffed the ballot box with multiple votes. Jauncho, always a fountain of information, listed off 417 different Cal players he likes. Or something like that. What a memory the guy has!
Twenty-two different players were mentioned (not counting those on long lists).
I saw most of them play — including Gene Ransom while he was at Berkeley HS — and a few stand out as those most fun to watch (I will exclude the current players, whom I continue to report on):
1) Jason Kidd — Not only (easily) Cal’s best player ever, but no one ever played the game harder or made it look so much like ballet.
2) Leon Powe — A warrior. A great guy. A great story.
3) KJ — The player who first elevated Cal’s program after about a quarter-century of dormancy. Faster with the ball for 94 feet than almost anyone.
4) Tony Gonzalez — Future NBA player Tim Thomas of Villanova was scared to death in that NCAA tournament matchup.
5) Lamond Murray — Never really looked like he was trying, but he had an NBA body and an NBA shooter’s touch the day he walked onto campus.