Cal is likely to play the 2014-15 basketball season without sophomore center Kameron Rooks, who has undergone surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the school reported.
Rooks, a 7-foot, 270-pounder, was on the mend from a late-season stress fracture in his left foot but was expected to be healthy and challenge for a starting job on new coach Cuonzo Martin’s team.
“Kameron has worked hard this off season to return from a previous foot injury and it is very unfortunate to have a setback like this,” Martin said. “Kameron’s surgery went well and now he can continue to work diligently through his rehabilitation program to gain strength back in his leg.
“It is difficult to predict when we can expect him back, but we know he will put in the effort and his coaches and teammates are here to support him every step of the way.”
The son of one-time Arizona star Sean Rooks averaged 1.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in 28 games last season as a freshman. With the graduation of Richard Solomon, Rooks figured to challenge for significant playing time in 2014-15.
The Bears feature 6-9 senior power forward David Kravish, who averaged 11.4 points and 7.7 rebounds last season. Otherwise, Cal is shorthanded up front, and now will either play a small lineup or rely on seldom-used junior forward Christian Behrens and incoming 7-1 freshman Kingsley Okoroh.
Here are some early possible lineup options:
* Going small: 6-9 F David Kravish, 6-5 G Tyrone Wallace, 6-6 G Jabari Bird, 6-4 G Jordan Mathews and 6-4 PG Sam Singer.
* Bigger: 6-9 F David Kravish, 6-9 F Christian Behrens, 6-6 G Jabari Bird, 6-4 G Jordan Mathews, 6-5 PG Tyrone Wallace.
* Biggest: 6-9 F David Kravish, 7-1 C Kingsley Okoroh, 6-6 G Jabari Bird, 6-4 G Jordan Mathews, 6-5 PG Tyrone Wallace.
The loss of Rooks also worsens the team’s overall depth issue. Unless they add another player, the Bears figure to enter the season with just nine healthy scholarship players, only four of whom averaged more than 2 points per game last season.