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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