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Basketball: Big night for elite freshmen

By Jeff Faraudo
Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at 2:25 am in Basketball, Gameday.

Cal’s Jabari Bird, with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and zero turnovers on Friday night, wasn’t the only ballyhooed freshman to deliver an impressive debut.

Here’s what a few of the other elite rookies did:

— Arizona forward Aaron Gordon, formerly of Archbishop Mitty HS in San Jose, had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in a 73-62 win over Cal Poly.

Andrew Wiggins, widely considered the best of the nation’s top freshmen, had 16 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists as Kansas topped Louisiana Monroe 80-63.

– No. 1 Kentucky’s Julius Randle, a powerful 6-9 forward, had 23 points and 15 rebounds in an 89-57 win over UNC-Ashville.

Marcus Lee, a graduate of Deer Valley-Antioch, and perhaps the least heralded of Kentucky’s six prep All-Americans, had 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting, including four dunks.

Jabari Parker of Duke had 22 points on 8 for 10 from the field and grabbed six rebounds in a 111-77 win over Davidson.

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UGLY GAME OF THE NIGHT: Utah wasted its time in a 128-44 rout of Evergreen State, an NAIA school from Olympia, Wash. The visiting Geoducks had more turnovers (20) than baskets (19), shot 1 for 24 from the 3-point arc, were outrebounded 55-28 and gave up 69 points in the second half.

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  • CBKWit

    THE Evergreen State College (or TESC) is my hometown school. I grew up swimming/playing roller hockey/going to the library there (and eventually made a grand cleaning their dorms for two weeks over the summer). Evergreen doesn’t give out grades – they have “evaluations” or something like that. It’s a realllly hippie school (much more than Cal) but deceptively good academically.

    Trivia: “Geoducks” (pronounced “Gooey-ducks”) are the world’s largest burrowing clam, growing up to a couple feet long. One of my other summer odd jobs was “planting” Geoducks in PVC pipe at low tide – they are a delicacy in Japan and fetch a huge price.

    This concludes your TESC trivia hour.

  • rotfogel

    Cal football is my favorite team/sport. The pain can be subsided by a good bball season. Go bears!