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.
Cal women’s signee Kristine Anigwe has been named a 2015 McDonald’s All-American and will represent the West in the 14th edition of the McDonald’s High School All-American game.
The Phoenix native becomes the 13th Golden Bear signee to be named a McDonald’s All-American.
Anigwe, named one of 16 nominees for the Naismith High School Player of the Year award earlier this week, is one of 24 girls selected for the McDonald’s game that will take place April 1 at the United Center in Chicago.
Anigwe is the third McDonald’s player recruited to Cal by coach Lindsay Gottlieb.
California Women’s Basketball McDonald’s All-Americans
Kristine Anigwe – 2015
Mikayla Cowling – 2014
Gabby Green – 2014
Reshanda Gray – 2011
Justine Hartman – 2011
Afure Jemerigbe – 2010
Lindsay Sherbert – 2010
Gennifer Brandon – 2009
Eliza Pierre – 2009
Tierra Rogers – 2009
DeNesha Stallworth – 2009
Alexis Gray-Lawson – 2005
Devanei Hampton – 2005
Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray of Cal are among five Pac-12 players included on the John R. Wooden Award women’s mid-season top-20 list.
Cal joins Connecticut and South Carolina as the only teams with two players on the list.
Nicknamed “Cornflakes and Milk” because of their chemistry on the floor, Boyd and Gray have been consistently productive as seniors.
Boyd is one of the nation’s most versatile guards, averaging 13.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 3.2 steals. She had a school record 16 assists in one game, 19 rebounds in another, and is the NCAA’s active career leader in steals with 324.
Gray averages 19.1 points and 7.1 rebounds and is shooting 59 percent from the floor. She scored 37 points in a game vs. Sacramento State, most by any Pac-12 player this season.
Also nominated from the Pac-12 are Stanford’s Amber Orrange, Washington’s Kelsey Plum and Oregon’s Jillian Alleyne.
Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike won the 2014 women’s Wooden Award.
Former Cal running back C.J. Anderson, a second-year, former free agent signee with the Denver Broncos, has been selected as a replacement for Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell in the Pro Bowl.
“It’s a chance to showcase my talent against the best and show I belong,” Anderson said.
Undrafted after his senior season at Cal in 2012, Anderson signed with the Broncos but hardly played in 2013. He got his chance this fall and responded by rushing for 849 yards and eight touchdown in barely half a season.
Sean Lampley, who retired as Cal’s career scoring leader, has been chosen for induction into the Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor.
One representative from each conference school will be recognized during ceremonies prior to the Pac-12 tournament championship game on March 14 in Las Vegas.
Lampley, the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2001, finished his career with 1,776 points, a school record since eclipsed by Jerome Randle. Upon his departure from Cal, Lampley was the only player in school history ranked among the program’s top-10 in scoring, rebounding and assists.
He averaged 19.5 points as a senior and two years earlier was named MVP after Cal’s run to the postseason NIT title.
Others selected to the Hall of Honor were former Arizona coach Fred Snowden and players Ron Riley of Arizona State, Jim Davis of Colorado, Anthony Taylor of Oregon, Jim Jarvis of Oregon State, Dave Meyers of UCLA, Alex Hannum of USC, Casey Jacobsen of Stanford, Danny Cranes of Utah, Jon Brockman of Washington and Bennie Seltzer of Washington State.
Past Hall of Honor selections from Cal include Pete Newell, Kevin Johnson, Jason Kidd, Darrall Imhoff and Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
When Russ Critchfield was contacted by Cal athletics, he misunderstood and thought the caller was from an athletic equipment store.
“I was waiting for his pitch,” Critchfield said.
Turns out he was informed he was receiving the Pete Newell Career Achievement Award.
“I’m really excited, honored, certainly humbled,” said Critchfield, 68, who will be recognized during ceremonies Monday when Cal plays No. 5 Wisconsin at Haas Pavilion.
Critchfield, in is 17th season as head basketball coach at Butte College – the JC that spawned former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers – was a prolific sharp-shooting guard for the Bears from 1965-66 through 1967-68.
The 5-foot-10 native of Salinas averaged 22.0 points as a senior, 21.0 as a junior. He still sits 12th on Cal’s career list with 1,437 points and his 19.4 per-game average is third all-time (behind Ed Gray at 20.0 and Mark McNamara at 19.6).
Daniel Lasco was chosen as team Most Valuable Player at Cal’s awards banquet Saturday night at the Orinda Country Club.
The junior running back, who became the first Cal player to rush for more than 1,000 yards since 2011, had the Bears’most combined rushing (1,115) and receiving (356) yards since 2008.
Quarterback Jared Goff, who broke 15 school records including single-season passing yards and touchdown passes, earned a Special Recognition award. The sophomore from Marin County finished among the nation’s top-10 in six categories.
Cal posted a 5-7 record this season and finished fourth in the Pac-12 North at 3-6, its highest finish since 2011.
Here are Cal’s other award winners:
* Joe Roth Award (Player Who Best Exemplifies Courage, Sportsmanship and Attitude) – Austin Clark. Sixth-year senior with career high 10 starts and 21 of 22 career tackles.
* Brick Muller Award (Most Valuable Lineman) – Mustafa Jalil. One of only two defensive players to start all 12 games • Career highs of 35 tackles and 5.5 TFL to lead all defensive linemen.
* Bob Simmons Award (Most Valuable Freshman) – Noah Westerfield. Played in all 12 games and made five of the team’s six starts by true freshmen • Tied for second on team with three QB hurries.
* Clint Evans Trophy (Most Intense Freshman Competitor) – Luke Rubenzer. Played in 11 of 12 games • Third on the team in rushing with 207 yards (most by a Cal QB since Aaron Rodgers in 2003).
Cal seniors Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray both have been included on the 50-player Naismith Trophy watch list, announced by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.
Cal is one of eight schools in the country with two nominees for the award.
Both were named to the preseason Wooden Award and Wade Watch Lists earlier this season. It is the second consecutive season that Boyd has been selected to the Naismith Trophy watch list.
Boyd is averaging 13.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, an NCAA-best 9.1 assists and 3.25 steals per game. She is the only player in the country to have registered two triple-doubles this season.
Gray leads the Bears with a 21.1 scoring average while adding 5.6 rebounds per game. She ranks No. 3 in the NCAA in field goal percentage at .677.
Both Cal point guards were honored by the Pac-12 on Monday, as senior Brittany Boyd of the women’s team joined Tyrone Wallace as Players of the Week in the conference.
Boyd averaged a triple-double for two games, posting numbers of 11.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 10.0 assists.
The Berkeley High grad had her second career double vs. Sacramento State, totaling 11 points, 19 rebounds and a school record-tying 16 assists. In a loss at Kansas on Sunday, Boyd had five steals to become the school’s career record-holder with 296.
She leads the nation in assists at 9.1 per game and is the only player in the country two triple-doubles.
Cal junior Tyrone Wallace was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time this season after averaging 25.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in a pair of victories.
The 6-foot-5 point guard scored 26 of his career-high 29 points in the second half of Sunday’s 63-56 win at Nevada and had 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in a home win over Montana.
Wallace is averaging 19.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists for the season.
The Bears (7-1), off to their best start since 2007-08, face Wyoming (8-1) at home on Wednesday. Tipoff is 8 p.m.