Basketball: Freshman Wallace to make impact

Cal coach Mike Montgomery knew he needed Tyrone Wallace to be part of his basketball program.

He just didn’t know he’d need him this soon.

But with sophomore transfer Ricky Kreklow — a projected starter at shooting guard — sidelined early this season by foot surgery, Wallace has become a key piece to the Bears’ puzzle.

A 6-foot-4 freshman from Bakersfield, Wallace was a serious recruiting target for the Bears a year ago.

“We knew we needed a guard that could play,” Montgomery said Thursday at Pac-12 media day. “We thought he was arguably the best guard in the state.”

Wallace has been, to use Montgomery’s words, “as advertised.”

Click here to read the rest of my Cal basketball notebook from Pac-12 media day in San Francisco.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Bob

    Jeff, what happened with Sami Eleraky, the 7-foot Euro? He’s not on the roster and they seemed to be acting as though they had four scholarships available for next year when pursuing Lee.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    T Wallace will replace B Smith by the start of P12 play and hopefully much sooner.

    This team will defend and rebound; I would not be surprised if they are top 2 in FG% defense in the league. And if the strong rebounding allows them to get out and run a bit, a Cobbs lead lightening-quick fast-break featuring Wallace and Crabbe will do some serious scoring damage with Kravish and Solomon also doing scoring damage via ORebs and the fast-break. Not to mention an actual bench of potential difference makes: Thurman, Kreklow, Johnson, Behrens, even BSmith has the potential to be a difference maker if he can play like he did 2 seasons ago.

    P12 champs and sweet 16 are the minimum goals for a satisfying season, imho. I am looking forward to watching this team gel under Monty’s steady hand.

  • Whoa, BlakeStreetBear, whoa! You’re jumping the gun. I’m tuned into the practice sessions, via spies, of Arizona and UCLA. They’re good. UCLA is good, even without stud Shabazz.

    Competition for Pac12 supremacy will be stiff. Hope Bears are good enough to challenge. Crabbe, by the way, is really good. Spies say he maybe best in league

  • Will L

    Eleraky is not academically eligible yet. He’s working on it and still wants to come to Cal. Not sure when though.