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Basketball: Smith, Kreklow to miss UW game

By Jeff Faraudo
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 4:31 pm in Basketball.

Cal coach Mike Montgomery said Tuesday afternoon that guards Brandon Smith and Ricky Kreklow will not play Wednesday night when the Bears face Washington at Haas Pavilion.

“Not good,” Montgomery said, when asked how both are progressing.

The Bears expect to play a fourth straight game without Smith (concussion), their senior backup point guard, and for the 10th time in 15 games without sophomore Kreklow (foot).

Montgomery said he’s expected Smith to be ready for more than a week, adding that the one-time De La Salle High-Concord standout is able to do non-contact drills. “But everytime he does, he seems to get a headache,” Montgomery said. “That includes today.”

Kreklow had surgery on his right foot before the season to repair a stress reaction, but never has recovered fully. “We can’t get to a point where he’s strong enough to practice,” Montgomery said.

Without Smith and Kreklow, junior wing Jeff Powers is expected to see more playing time. Powers made a pair of 3-pointers in the first half of Saturday’s 72-64 win at USC and has made 3 of 6 from deep this season.

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  • covinared

    krekow limped the whole time against ucla and then needed help off the court. sounds like a write off season for him. powers showed enough to make the rotation.

  • Juancho

    Gobears,

    I was only able to find recruiting stats back to 1998. Here are the top rated guys who committed to Cal over that time, per RCSI, or Rivals.

    Crabbe # 71
    Gary Franklin # 57
    Patrick Christopher # 47
    Jamal Boykin # 60
    DJ Seeley # 60
    Taylor Harrison # 89
    Devon Hardin # 86
    Ayinde Ubaka # 35
    Omar Wilkes # 55
    Leon Powe # 9
    Marquise Kately # 89
    Donte Smith # 96
    Brian Wethers # 50
    Dennis Gates # 92
    Jamal Sampson # 23
    Ryan Anderson # 98
    Jordan Wilkes # 87
    Tyrone Wallace # 87

    Seeley, Crabbe, Wallace and Franklin are the Montgomery guys. Two out of his top 4 recruits didn’t pan out, kind of strange. Let’s hope Jabari “Larry” Bird takes us to that sweet 16 I’ve been wanting to see.

    Rivals lists Jabari Bird as # 23, Jordan Matthews # 88,

  • Juancho

    Like another poster mentioned a few days ago, Jason Kidd was # 1 in the country, I can’t find what # Shareef was. But I’m guessing he was top 10.

  • gobears49

    Juancho,

    An absolutely SUPER JOB! You really are Stat Wiz Juancho. If you get a chance, I think a lot of guys would like to know the recruiting ranking of Cobbs, even if he didn’t attend Cal immediately. I expect it to be pretty high.

  • Juancho

    Surprisingly cobb was not a nationally rated player coming out of high school. Neither was jerome randle though.

  • wehofx

    Juancho, great list!