Jorge Gutierrez was chosen to play in the NABC 2012 Reese’s Division I College All-Star game on Friday as Final Four weekend gets under way in New Orleans.
The game features 20 of the nation’s top seniors, as chosen by the NABC. Joining Gutierrez on the West squad are New Mexico State’s Wendell McKines (Richmond HS), Oregon’s Devoe Joseph, Long Beach State’s Casper Ware and Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre, among others.
Elsewhere . . .
— Jerod Haase, who began his college playing career at Cal, has been name head coach at Alabama-Birmingham. Haase spent the past 13 seasons on Roy Williams’ coaching staffs at North Carolina and Kansas, where he played the final three seasons of his career after transferring from Cal. “I am elated for both Jerod and UAB,” Williams said. “This will be a great marriage. He is one of the finest young men I have ever known. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind he is going to be a great head coach.”
— Washington State 67, Pitt 66: The Cougars (19-16) survived the absence of injured star Brock Motum and won Game 1 of the best-of-three CBI championship series in Pullman, Wash. The series resumes Wednesday at Pitt (20-17), with a final game Friday, if necessary. Senior Abe Lodwick scored double figures for the fourth straight game with a team-high 16 points. Motum, who sprained his ankle in the CBI semifinal win over Oregon State, is questionable for Wednesday.