Basketball: Bears try to work past guard issues

Cal and Stanford — who meet in Thursday’s Pac-12 Conference opener at Maples Pavilion — both are battling backcourt issues.

Check out my weekly college basketball column to find out how each is coping with the problem.

BTW, freshman guard Jabari Bird still has not practiced since spraining his right ankle Dec. 22 at Creighton. He was noticeably limping — although not wearing a boot — Monday afternoon as he entered the training room at Haas Pavilion.

I would venture that Cal will feel fortunate if Bird is healthy enough to play a week from now when the Bears visit the Oregon schools.

Jeff Faraudo

  • KC

    It would be nice if we still had Kahlil Johnson on the roster as he was a guy that could have added some depth with Bird and Kreklow unavailable. But because he wasn’t given much of a role or any belief that he would play, he transfers. We keep talking about our lack of depth, but we recruit guys then end up not playing (like Behrens who should be able to give us minutes now after coming back from injury) or transferring. It’s frustrating – we need to find more minutes for more guys on the bench so they feel like they have a role on the team and stick around.

  • Gobears49

    Johnson probably looked around and saw he wasn’t going to play much for Cal. So he decided to leave. Same thing happened to a couple of guards we had two years ago, one from Canada. They knew they didn’t have enough talent to play for Cal on a regular basis so they departed for better shores.

    I thought Behrens played pretty well last year before he got injured. Saw he played in our last game and, though he didn’t score, he did get a few (I think three) rebounds. If he can develop to give us ten good minutes a game, that would help us a lot. Still believe, at this point in time at least, he provides more upside for us to play than Rooks, mainly because he is a lot more mobile.

  • Juancho

    That happens when you recruit guys that are beneath the level our standards should be at. Johnson and Behrens never had any business being at Cal. The type of player a program like Cal should be bringing in every year is Matthews and Bird.

    But this is a result of Monty’s bad recruiting the previous couple of years.

    Hopefully the future classes are like this past one. Which I can live with.

  • Gobears49


    We need to recruit guys who play a power forward or center in addition to guards, which Bird and Mathews are. If Rooks and Behrens don’t work out, that means we haven’t recruited a good big man since Kravish, or two recruiting classes. Not too good.

    Maybe the cupboard is bare there (I doubt it), but we should be bringing in at least one JC player a year to fill our current needs. This year that need is a good big man who can give us a quality 10 to 15 minutes a game.

  • Juancho

    Aaron Gordon and Marcus Lee are two local bigs we missed on.