The buzzword heading into Cal’s maiden season under coach Cuonzo Martin: Attack.
“I think we’re going to be on the attack on offense,” senior forward David Kravish said this week. “We definitely have sets, but attacking and getting the other team on their heels is a big component of our offense.”
Added point guard Tyrone Wallace: “For the most part, we’re trying to attack, attack. I think it’s different than before. With Monty, we were a little more half court. With this coaching staff, they want us attacking at all times.”
Martin said that aggressive approach is what this team needs to be successful, beginning Friday when the Bears open their season at home against Alcorn State in the 2K Classic.
“It’s just what you hear every day. If a player hears it every day, that’s what it is. With you saying it, it becomes a part of the DNA, so to speak,” Martin said. “Attack means at both ends of the floor. You have to be aggressive, you have to be assertive.”
Here are a few things worth dissecting as the opener approaches:
* POINT GUARD: Wallace has won the job because he’s more aggressive than sophomore Sam Singer, who will come off the bench for now. And he’s the player on the team most capable of taking the ball all the way to the rim.
Martin said the 6-foot-6 junior, who had eight assists and one turnover in two exhibition games, has done a nice job so far.