Cal basketball: Mike Montgomery voted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Former Cal and Stanford coach Mike Montgomery has been voted into the 11th class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

“It is a great honor to be recognized for a job well done over a lifetime of work,” Montgomery said. “I am really honored and pleased to be included among such a special group.”

Montgomery, 69, is joined in the 2016 induction class by DePaul’s Mark Aguirre, Kansas State’s Bob Boozer, Illinois State’s Doug Collins, La Salle’s Lionel Simmons, UCLA’s Jamaal Wilkes, Georgia’s Dominique Wilkins, and fellow coaching legend Hugh Durham.

Enshrinement ceremonies will take place on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City.

Montgomery won 677 games as a college coach, directed Stanford to a Final Four appearance in 1998 and led Cal to its first conference title in 50 years in 2010. He recorded 31 winning seasons in 32 years as a coach and ranks third on the Pac-12 career victory list with 282 league victories.

In 2004, he received the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Cal basketball: Jason Kidd is lone Bears player voted to Pac-12 All-Century Team

Jason Kidd was the lone Cal player to find a spot on the 20-man Pac-12 All-Century Team, released Tuesday by the conference.

Kidd, the 1994 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a consensus All-American that season, landed a spot on a star-studded roster that featured 10 UCLA players.

Other finalists from Cal were guard Kevin Johnson, forwards Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Lamond Murray and centers Darrall Imhoff and Bob McKeen.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, known as Lew Alcindor during his UCLA playing days, was chosen the Player of the Century and John Wooden was Coach of the Century.

Three former Cal coaches were finalists for the award: Pete Newell, Mike Montgomery and Nibs Price.

Here’s the full 20-man team:

GUARDS: Gary Payton, Oregon State; Gail Goodrich, UCLA; Jason Kidd, Cal; Walt Hazzard, UCLA; Harold Miner, USC; Ron Lee, Oregon; Paul Westphal, USC; Damon Stoudamire, Arizona.

FORWARDS: Sean Elliott, Arizona; Marques Johnson, UCLA; Sidney Wicks, UCLA; Jamaal Wilkes, UCLA; Reggie Miller, UCLA; Hank Luisetti, Stanford; Don MacLean, UCLA; Ed O’Bannon, UCLA.

CENTERS: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA; Bill Walton, UCLA; Mel Counts, Oregon State; Bob Houbregs, Washington.




Cal basketball: Jaylen Brown named to all-Pac-12 first team; Ivan Rabb on second team

Cal’s Jaylen Brown was named to the 10-man all-Pac-12 first team and fellow freshman Ivan Rabb earned a spot on the five-player second team, the conference announced Monday.

Later Monday, Brown was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

Voting is done by the league’s 12 coaches.

Brown, a small forward from Atlanta, leads the Bears in scoring at 15.3 points per game and posted five games of at least 20 points.

Rabb, a power forward from Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland, averages 12.2 points and a team-best 8.4 rebounds and shoots 60.5 percent from the field.

Both top-10 consensus national recruits a year ago, Brown and Rabb also were voted to the five-player all-freshman team.

Senior guard Tyrone Wallace, a first-team all-Pac-12 selection a year ago, was named honorable mention after missing five games at midseason with a broken hand.

Utah center Jakob Poeltl was named Player of the Year and Dana Altman, who guided Oregon to the regular-season Pac-12 title, was named Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

Also named to the first team: Stanford’s Rosco Allen, Arizona’s Ryan Anderson, Oregon’s Dillon Brooks and Elgin Cook, USC’s Julian Jacobs, Oregon State’s Gary Payton II, Utah’s Poeltl and Colorado’s Josh Scott.

The rest of the second team was UCLA’s Isaac Hamilton, Washington’s Dejounte Murray, and Arizona’s Kaleb Tarczewski and Gabe York.

Joining Brown and Rabb on the all-freshman team are Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey, Arizona’s Allonzo Trier and Washington’s Murray.

Cal opens play in the Pac-12 tournament as Las Vegas on Thursday as the No. 3 seed. The Bears will play either Oregon State or Arizona State in an 8:30 p.m. game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.


Cal women’s basketball: Kristine Anigwe is Pac-12’s Freshman of the Year

Cal’s Kristine Anigwe was voted Pac-12 Freshman of the Year on Monday in a vote of the league’s coaches.

There was little drama involved in the news, as Anigwe had accumulated eight Pac-12 Freshman of the Week awards, the most recent one also coming on Monday.

The highest-scoring freshman in Cal history with 567 points, Anigwe also was the only freshman named to the 15-player All-Pac-12 first team. And she landed a spot among the honorable mention selections to the All-Defensive Team.

“This season her production as a freshman, with a lot of responsibility on her shoulders, has been nothing short of remarkable,” Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said in a statement. “To be recognized as the top freshman in the Pac 12, as well as a first team All-Conference selection amongst so many great players, is an accomplishment that our whole program is proud of.”

Anigwe averages 20.3 points — most of any freshman in the Power Five conferences — and 8.9 rebounds. She also shoots 56.3 percent from the field.

Junior forward Courtney Range was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 and Asha Thomas was picked to the All-Freshman honorable mention list. Sophomore Gabby Green also was named All-Defensive honorable mention.



Women’s basketball: Cal’s Kristine Anigwe earns national freshman of week honors

Cal forward Kristine Anigwe earned National Freshman of the Week honors from the US Basketball Writers Association after scoring 29 points in the Bears’ overtime win over Nebraska.

Anigwe, a 6-foot-4 native of Phoenix, has won Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors three straight times.

She is the nation’s No. 2 freshman scorer at 21.0 points per game, and is averaging 33.0 points and 11.3 rebounds over her past three games.


Football, Jared Goff, Hardy Nickerson win Cal’s MVP awards

Quarterback Jared Goff and linebacker Hardy Nickerson won offensive and defensive MVP honors for Cal at the Bears’ team banquet Sunday evening at Haas Pavilion.

Goff broke his own single-season school records for passing yards and touchdowns and was the first Cal quarterback named first-team all-Pac-12 since Aaron Rodgers in 2004.

Nickerson led the Bears in tackles with 101 tackles — the first Cal player with at least 100 in a season since Mychal Kendricks in 2011.

Cal’s other team award winners:

• Stephen Anderson: Ken Cotton Award (Most Courageous Player)
• Chris Borrayo: Andy Smith Award (Player With Most Big C Playing Time)
• Aaron Cochran: Bob Tessier Award (Most Improved Lineman)
• Jeffrey Coprich: Ted Agu Award (Player Demonstrating A Commitment To Community Service)
• Jared Goff: Bear Backers MVP – Offense, Cort Majors Team Captain
• Fabiano Hale: Dink Artal Award (Scout Team Player Of The Year – Offense)
• Kyle Kragen: Stub Allison Award (Player Demonstrating Commitment In Strength And Conditioning)
• Puka Lopa: Ken Harvey Award (Player Demonstrating Academic Commitment And Improvement)
• Daniel Lasco: Cort Majors Team Captain
• Stefan McClure: Cort Majors Team Captain, Joe Roth Award (Player Who Best Exemplifies Courage, Sportsmanship and Attitude)
• Hardy Nickerson: Bear Backers MVP – Defense, Cort Majors Team Captain
• Griffin Piatt: Frank Schlessinger Coaches Award (Player Who Demonstrates Outstanding Athletic Ability And Academic Success)
• Jordan Rigsbee: Brick Muller Award (Most Valuable Lineman, Cort Majors Team Captain
• Cameron Saffle: Clint Evans Award (Most Intense Freshman Competitor)
• Bryce Treggs: Berkeley Breakfast Club Award (Outstanding Player in the Big Game)
• Trey Turner: Bob Simmons Award (Most Valuable Freshman)
• Russell Ude: Dink Artal Award (Scout Team Player Of The Year – Defense)
• Patrick Worstell: J Scott Duncan Award (Most Valuable Special Teams Player)


Football: Daniel Lasco lands Shrine Game spot

Cal senior running back Daniel Lasco has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 23 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Lasco has rushed for 1,872 yards and 18 touchdowns in 40 games at Cal. His 18 rushing touchdowns rank 10th on the school’s all-time list.

Hip and ankle injuries have caused Lasco to miss three games this season and limited his effectiveness in several others. He has rushed for just 331 yards and five touchdowns this fall.


Football: Three Cal players on Pac-12 Team of Century

Three former Cal players — tight end Tony Gonzalez, defensive tackle Ed White and defensive end Andre Carter — have been chosen to the Pac-12’s All-Century football team.

The 50-player team was selected by a panel of 119 former players and coaches and media members, including me.

Stanford quarterback John Elway was voted Offensive Player of the Century, USC’s Ronnie Lott is the Defensive Player of the Century and USC’s John McKay was chosen Coach of the Century. Click here to view the full team.

— Gonzalez, a two-sport athlete at Cal, went on to become the most prolific tight end in NFL history. He was a six-time first-team all-pro selection and was named to the Pro Bowl 14 times in 17 seasons with Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons. He totaled 1,325 receptions for 15,127 yards and 111 touchdowns — all NFL records for a tight end.

— White was a consensus first-team All-America nose guard for Cal in 1968, who moved to offensive line in the pros and played 17 seasons with Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers. He played in four Super Bowls and was a three-time first-team All-Pro selection.

— Carter was a consensus All-America pick as a senior at Cal in 2000, compiling 31 career sacks to set a school record that still stands. He then enjoyed a 13-year NFL career in which he totaled 80.5 sacks in 184 career games for four teams, including the 49ers and Raiders. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011 with the New England Patriots.

Other Cal players nominated for the Team of the Century:

Bryan Anger, P (2008-11)
Jim Breech, PK (1974-77)
Rob Franz, OL (1946-49)
Nick Harris, P (1997-2000)
DeSean Jackson, WR/RET (2005-07)
Ryan Longwell, P (1993-96)
Alex Mack, C (2005-08)
Chuck Muncie, RB (1973-75)
Deltha O’Neal, CB/RET (1996-99)
Les Richter, OL (1949-51)


Football: Jared Goff, Kenny Lawler named All-Pac-12

Cal quarterback Jared Goff and wide receiver Kenny Lawler were named to the All-Pac-12 first-team on Tuesday in a vote of the league’s coaches.

Goff shared the first-team spot with Washington State’s Luke Falk.

“The first-team All-Pac-12 recognition for Jared and Kenny is well-deserved,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in the school’s news release. “Along with the rest of our team they have worked so hard to get better every day and reach the place we are now. There’s much more to do, but I’m so proud of everyone on this football team for what they have accomplished so far this season.”

Click here for the entire all-Pac-12 team. The Pac-12 Player of the Year and Coach of the Year were scheduled to be announced on the Pac-12 Networks at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Goff has broken 26 Cal records, most recently eclipsing his own season marks for passing yards (4,252) and touchdown passes (37). He is fourth nationally in passing yards, third in TD passes.

He is the first Cal quarterback voted to the all-conference first team since Aaron Rodgers in 2004.

“I’m very honored to have been named first-team All-Pac-12 along with Luke (Falk),” Goff said. “There are a lot of good quarterbacks in this conference and there were several that could have been selected.

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Athletics: Cal sweeps Pac-12 awards for football, basketball

A busy Monday on the awards front for Cal.

The Bears swept Pac-12 weekly awards in football and men’s and women’s basketball.

— Football: Jared Goff was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after passing for a season-high 453 yards and six touchdowns in the Bears’ 54-24 victory over Oregon State that gave the Bears a sixth victory and made them bowl eligible for the first time in four seasons. Goff was 26 of 37, and hit 22 of 25 attempts during one stretch.

— Men’s basketball: Tyrone Wallace was given the season’s first Pac-12 Player of the Week award following a 20-point, six-rebound, nine-assist stat line in Cal’s 97-65 season-opening win over Rice. Wallace, a senior point guard and all-Pac-12 selection, shot 9 for 12 from the field and his assist total was a career high. This was the fourth time over three seasons that Wallace has won the award.

— Women’s basketball: Courtney Range won the Pac-12 Player of the Week award after contributing 23 points to a win over Austin Peay, then 19 points and 13 rebounds to the Bears’ road win over then-No. 8 Louisville. Meanwhile, Kristine Anigwe won Pac-12 Freshman of the Week by averaging 15.0 points in the two victories.