Senior forward Reshanda Gray became the second Cal women’s player voted Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Gray joins Devanei Hampton, who won the award in 2007.
Meanwhile, teammate Brittany Boyd earned first-team all-conference honors for the third straight season. Boyd also was named to the all-defensive team.
Gray averaged 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Bears, shooting 57.6 percent from the field. Her 37 points against Sacramento State are the most scored by a Pac-12 player this season.
Cal’s Mikayla Cowling and Gabby Green were voted by the league’s coaches to the all-freshman team. Mercedes Jefflo was named honorable mention all-defensive team.
Scott Rueck of regular-season champion Oregon State was voted Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
Cal senior point guard Brittany Boyd has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy National Women’s College Player of the Year honor.
Boyd is the only Pac-12 player and the only player west of Texas to be selected as a semifinalist for the award, given to the top player in the country. The four finalists will be unveiled on Friday, March 20, and the winner will be announced on Monday, April 6.
The Berkeley High grad is averaging 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 3.0 steals. She is the nation’s only player with two triple-doubles, she ranks seventh nationally in assists and is the NCAA active leader with 353 steals. Her 19 rebounds against Sacramento State are the most by a guard from a “power five conference.”
Boyd is the only active NCAA player — and the only player in Pac-12 history — to compile career totals of at least 1,400 points, 700 rebounds, 600 assists and 300 steals.
Boyd also was named to the Wade Trophy (WBCA), Wooden Award (Los Angeles Athletic Club), Nancy Lieberman Award and Dawn Staley Award midseason watch lists.
Other semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy are: Lexie Brown, Maryland; Nina Davis, Baylor; Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut; Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame; Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State; Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina; Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut; Breanna Stewart, Connecticut; and Amanda Zahui B., Minnesota.
Cal football landed its second significant 2016 recruiting prospect in a week when four-star safety Marquel Dismuke of Compton announced via twitter he has picked the Bears over Michigan and Arizona State, among others.
A senior-to-be at Calabasas High, Dismuke is rated as the No. 11 safety in the country by Scout and No. 12 by Rivals. Both recruiting sites list him as a four-star prospect.
Dismuke, a 6-foot, 175-pounder, is the nation’s No. 190 overall prospect, according to Scout.
He joins dual-threat quarterback Armani Rogers, a three-star prospect from Hamilton High in Los Angeles, in Cal’s 2016 recruiting class. Commitments do not become binding until signing day in February 2016.
Here are links to several stories we have today that relate to current or former Cal athletes:
– Running back Marshawn Lynch is close to releasing his film, “Family First: The Marshawn Lynch Story.” Click here to see the movie trailer.
– Former Cal placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio signs with the Oakland Raiders.
– Cal and Stanford guards are the headliners among top women’s basketball players in the Bay Area.
Cal football got its first 2016 recruiting commitment from Armani Rogers, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound dual-threat quarterback from Hamilton High in Los Angeles, according to multiple recruiting websites.
Rogers, rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout, picked Cal over offers from Utah and Colorado State and also had recent interest from UCLA.
“New #Cal commit Armani Rogers is intriguing with his size, mobility and effortless release/arm strength, reminds of a young Cam Newton,” tweeted Scout analyst Greg Biggins.
Rogers led the Hamilton Yankees to a 12-4 record and the Los Angeles City Division II championship as a junior last season. According to Rivals, he threw 28 touchdown passes with just three interceptions and ran for seven TDs.
Rogers began his high school career at Crespi High, spent his sophomore year at Culver High, then transferred to Hamilton, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Cal junior Tyrone Wallace, in his first season at the position, is among 16 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award.
Wallace averages 17.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the 16-10 Bears, who return to action Saturday at Stanford. He has posted 10 games of at least 20 points this season.
Other finalists for the award include Arizona’s T.J.McConnell, Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss and Utah’s Delon Wright.
Cal has scheduled a home-and-home football series against Mississippi, with the Rebels visiting Berkeley on Sept. 16, 2017.
The Bears will play the return game at Oxford, Miss., on Sept. 21, 2019.
In order to accommodate Ole Miss, Cal and Auburn have agreed to postpone their upcoming series for one year. The Bears and Tigers will meet at Auburn on Sept. 19, 2020, with the two schools playing in Berkeley on Sept. 18, 2021.
Former Cal star Kevin Johnson, a two-time all-Pac-10 selection and three-time NBA all-star, has been nominated to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
KJ, who played at Cal from 1984 through ’87, joins Kentucky coach John Calipari and former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo among 12 nominees for the Hall of Fame. The Class of 2015 will be announced April 6.
“You look up there at some of the players and you don’t deserve to be in that category,” Johnson said. “These are people who, I had their pictures on my walls growing up. Having a chance to stand with them is remarkable.”
One of the most popular players in Cal history, Johnson finished his college career as the Bears’ career scoring leader. He currently sits sixth on the school’s all-time list with 1,655 points to go with 521 assists
A 12-year NBA veteran and the current mayor of Sacramento, the 6-foot-1 point guard averaged 17.9 points and 9.1 assists as a pro. He averaged better than 20 points in five seasons and four times averaged double-digit assists.
Former Cal safety Avery Sebastian will play his final season of college football at Notre Dame, he announced via twitter.
“I have officially committed to the University of Notre Dame! Extremely excited & blessed to be part of the Notre Dame family. GO IRISH!”
Sebastian, plagued by injuries the past two seasons at Cal, will arrive at South Bend as a graduate student, immediately eligible to play his final season.
Cal released its spring football roster today, including uniform numbers for the four newcomers who already are enrolled in school:
* No. 4 Derron Williams-Brown, DB
* No. 7 Ross Bowers, QB
* No. 22 Lonny Powell, RB
* No. 95 DeVante Wilson, DE
Click here to check out the entire spring roster.