* Wednesday at Pullman, Wash., 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
For 3 minutes, 57 seconds, Jabari Bird felt like himself again.
Otherwise, it’s been a tough few weeks for Cal’s freshman guard, still waiting to regain his form since returning from an ankle injury that put him on the shelf for four games after Christmas.
“It’s been really frustrating to start the season off the way I did, playing with a lot of confidence and having fun. And to come back and to almost be a shadow of what you used to be,” he said.
As the Bears (15-8, 6-4 Pac-12) prepare to visit Washington State (9-14, 2-9) on Wednesday night, Bird is coming off the latest in a series of quiet performances. He was scoreless and missed all five of his shots seven days ago in the Bears’ loss to Stanford.
“I’ve had a lot of time to myself to think about it, and I hate that,” Bird said. “I just want to get back on the court.”
A McDonald’s All-American last season at Richmond-Salesian, Bird arrived on campus last fall amid hype and hope. He was the highest-rated Bay Area prospect coach Mike Montgomery has brought to Cal.
As the season began, he looked the part.
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