Cal senior point guard Tyrone Wallace says the improvement in his game this season is the result of the company he’s keeping.
With more talent around him — including standout freshmen Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb — Wallace says there is less pressure to carry the offense for the 15th-ranked Golden Bears.
“My confidence in all these guys is extremely high,” he said. “I may look better running the position. It’s because I don’t have to force. I can find guys who are open. It probably makes me look better.”
Teammate Sam Singer says Wallace isn’t giving himself enough credit.
“I’ve had to guard him the last few years in practice. As hard as it was last year . . . now, if he’s hitting his free throws and making his shot from the outside, he’s really hard to guard because he penetrates so well and is able to finish with either hand. I’ve seen a big improvement.”
Heading into play Friday night against East Carolina (2-0), Wallace was averaging 22.0 points and a Pac-12-best 7.5 assists for the 2-0 Bears — both way up from a year ago when he was an all-conference selection. An erratic shooter throughout his career, he was converting 68 percent from the floor and nearly 86 percent from the free throw line. His assist-to-turnover ratio: 7.5 to 1.