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Basketball: Arizona alum Sean Rooks happy with son Kameron’s decision to attend Cal

Arizona basketball alum Sean Rooks applauds his son Kameron’s choice of attending Cal next season.

And he revealed that Kameron has grown to nearly 7-foot-1.

“He’s 7-foot, 3/4 of an inch,” Sean Rooks said. “He’s like a weed. Everytime he comes around it seems like he’s getting bigger and bigger.”

Sean Rooks played for Lute Olson at Tucson, but said he’s thrilled with Kameron’s decision to join Mike Montgomery’s program in Berkeley.

“I have the utmost respect for coach Montgomery,” said Rooks, who averaged 11.6 points at Arizona from 1989 through ’92, when Montgomery was coaching at Stanford. “They were our No. 1 rival. He always had classy, well-coached teams.

“I had a good father in coach Olson, but he was like the father across the street,” Rooks said of Montgomery. “My son can’t be playing for any better coach. He’s going to get the University of California education and Cal is one of my secret favorite places.”

Kameron Rooks announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he will play for Cal next season, joining a recruiting class that also includes four-star prospect Jabari Bird of Salesian-Richmond. Rooks also had offers from Arizona and Arizona State.

Asked how his Arizona friends responded to Kameron’s decision, Sean Rooks said, “My best comeback is I’m loyal to my alma later, but it’s 110 percent my son first.”

Rated a three-star prospect out of Mission Hills High in San Marcos, Rooks doesn’t yet understand his potential, according to his father.

“He hasn’t really tapped into understanding exactly what kind of player he is,” said Sean, who played 11 NBA seasons. “Right now, he has a really big body, a good mindset for the game, great hands. He sees the floor well and he’s a very unselfish player.”

Sean Rooks said his son may need to drop a few of his 280 pounds, but provides the Bears with a throwback big man.

“I think he’s rare. There’s tall people, but there’s not a lot of big bodies,” Sean Rooks said. “Big guys are late bloomers. Once he starts understanding how strong he is and starts to develop, he’s going to be an excellent player.”

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Jeff Faraudo

  • rollonubears

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    I figured his dad was a huge factor. AZ is very good now, but they don’t have Lute. Sean knows what a coach like Monty can do for a talented big man with the frame for the NBA, yet much learning to do. It really is a great fit for both.

    He may well be a four year guy, too, given his body will continue to develop, requiring him to continue to build his game.

    Most importantly, this opens the gates. Next season, Rooks will begin to find his way, but there will be recruits, top PFs, that will see a guy they can come play besides for one or two years. Whoever does the sales pitch will be able to approach legit one and done PFs with a straight face that they can come to Cal, win, and go to the NBA.

    The greatest thing about college basketball is that one player really can turn a program around. A great guard is one thing, but a huge C that guys know will have their back on D and be an option on O is a true godsend.

    Optimists Unite!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Forgot to add, presuming (and yes, a decent size presumption) Rooks would be NBA draftable after his Junior year (c’mon, his size will likely make him a 2nd round pick even if he develops slowly), that his Dad already made some good money in the NBA takes away the Powe NEED to go early.

    Honestly, I see the potential for a contributor next year, a difference maker his 2nd year, and possibly a star for his final 2. Remember the game has changed, the one and dones leave, making the late bloomer have a more dramatic longer impact on a program.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Lastly,

    Kameron, start jogging up to the Big C as soon as you hit campus, as slow as you want, but with good form and clenched abs, and running the floor will get a LOT easier. You’ll get serious PT early.

  • Esquire Joe

    Space filler is never a bad thing. What Markhuri gave us in the middle (even as hobbled as he was at times) was invaluable. And Rooks definitely does have the bloodlines to transform himself into a real athlete. But I personally would like to see Monty start going for a few more “grit” guys like Jorge.

    I love the raw talent of Crabbe, Cobbs, Wallace, et al, but one thing Cal has shown recently when they’ve played better competition is that this team sometimes lacks toughness. Often, teams with extremely talented players who lack aggressiveness (Mr. Crabbe) need a spark from a player who has a little meanness in him. I’d really like to see Monty bring in someone like that.

    Solomon has great athletic promise (although not yet fully realized), and Kravish has shown some great basketball instincts. And Behrens may be a great combination of those qualities. But what Cal really needs is a guy in the middle who can be intimidating. None of the current front court players is scary in the least (although I do like Thurman’s occasional pluck).

    I hope Rooks has a little edge to him despite the privileged background he comes from.

  • gobears49

    Esquire Joe,

    I’ve made recent comments consistent with what you said about Jorge. Since I seem to be into new stats, I think a good new stat would be to count how many times a team dives for balls while on the floor. Would be a good team stat, averaged for games played to date. Jorge used to do that, A LOT. Haven’t seen much of that this year from Cal. Not much aggressiveness to go for the ball, which Monty has mentioned more than once in his post game comments on the radio.

    Also agree with your Mr. Crabbe comments. He’s a good shooter, and is now starting to drive to the basket. But Cal needs to set him up for open catch and shoot shots by passing the ball in and then kicking it out to him if he is open (also to Cobbs, also a good outside shooter). But, from what I’ve seen, we have not been doing any of that. We should at least try to do that, to see if it works, though I know that teams are trying to take away Mr. Crabbe’s outside shot.

    I agree Soloman is quite athletic, but so far his shooting skills have been disappointing.