Basketball: Gutierrez to play in all-star game

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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Gobears49

    I barely remember Jerod Haase. Anybody know how he did at Kansas after transferring?

  • Jeff Faraudo

    Haase went on to become a three-year starter and hugely popular player at KU. He had started 23 games alongside fellow freshman Jason Kidd at Cal in 1992-93, averaging 7.2 points. My most vivid memory of Haase that season involve the tragedy of his father unexpectedly dying on the night the Bears played at USC. Cal lost that game 67-65 after Haase fouled a USC player who made the winning free throws. Already feeling terrible, he was greeted early the next morning with the news about his father. Given the choice to return home to be with his family or play Sunday at UCLA, Haase opted to play. He had 16 points and five assists and Cal routed the Bruins 104-82 — the worst loss UCLA had suffered at Pauley Pavilion to that point. After the drama of Todd Bozeman replacing Lou Campanelli, Haase had 13 points in the NCAA tournament upset of Duke, then 10 in the Sweet 16 loss to Kansas. Uncomfortable with the new landscape at Cal and needing a change after his father’s death, Haase transferred to KU.

  • eric

    Haase was a quality guy and a great outside shooter. I was sad to see him leave for KU, but it was very understandable. I wish him luck in coaching.

  • Gobears49

    Thanks Jeff. Starting to come back to me. Those were the days when Cal had absolutely great basketball talent, brought in primarily by what Bozeman did best — recruit. I have written in these blogs recently that Cal should have a similar Bozeman/Lupoi type guy focused on basketball recruiting.

    While the Kidd/Murray/Buckley/Haase (and Cal also other good players in the Duke win year) years were probably the peak in terms of basketball talent at Cal, most people don’t remember that Cal had similar talent in the late 60’s with Charley Johnson, Phil Chenier, Jackie Ridgle, and Ansley Truitt playing for at least one year together. The team was average because Cal’s coach then wasn’t very good. But supposedly, John Wooden commented he would trade his team (which I think won the NCAA championship around that time) for Cal’s.

  • David Swartz

    I distinctly remember a photo of Williams speaking to Haase at the end of the Cal-KU game. Isn’t it an amazing coincidence that Haase transferred to KU soon after that?

    Haase was not a particularly good shooter. He was best known for diving for loose balls (whether necessary or not).

  • ConcordBear

    Haase was an outstanding college player. Very similar to Jorge in my opinion, just a litter less length but a better shooter.
    Players like him are types you need to be great.

  • Takeoffthatredshirt

    I was very sad to see Haase transfer. He was a glue guy and I agree he is a Jorge-like player, meaning he worked hard to be a solid all around player and generally annoying to opposing teams.

    Would’ve been nice to have him vs Wisconsin GB. Yes, I still think about that loss.