U.C. Berkeley Basketball

U.C. Berkeley Basketball

Post by Thomas O » Thu, 31 Aug 1995 04:00:00


First of all, there is no "U.C. Berkeley" basketball team. The name is
Cal or California.

Here is what I see as Cal's starting lineup this season:

PG - 6-6 Jelani Gardner, bulked up a little over the offseason, has
looked good shooting the three. Anwar McQueen, also looking great from
the arc, should back up, while transfer Prentice McGruder doesn't
impress. He's too thin, not a good ballhandler, and can't shoot (but is
pesky on defense).

2G - 6-3 Ed Gray, strong and fearless and a dead-eye shooter, has been
*** in off-season pick-up games. Likes to drive in traffic, and
doesn't have a conscience from outside. Was Juco All-American last
season at Southern Idaho, scoring around 26 a game. Randy Duck, who has
also hit the weight room, backs him up.

SF - 6-7 Tremaine Fowlkes, led Junior National team in scoring at World
Games, a team which also had Samaki Walker and Marbury, etc. Was
recently cleared in university investigation. Has improved from
three-point range. Tony Gonzalez, who could be all-conference as a tight
end this football season, will be tough to keep off the floor.

PF - 6-9 Shareef Abdur-Rahim, extremely hard-working, to the point where
you worry if he's going to hurt himself. Has very soft touch from
outside, can hit the trey, handles like a guard, and likes to shoot
little hooks and fadeaways near the basket, which are unblockable. Has
done well recently in pick-up game matchups with Michigan star Maurice
Taylor. Sean Marks has battled injured but will surely see minutes with
his athletic offensive game in the post.

C - 6-8 Al Grigsby, if he's healthy Grigsby will be a solid player and
very tough on the offensive end. Has a cast on his ankle right now, but
is expected to be in perfect shape for the season. Yogi Stewart is a
nice backup, and recruit Kenyon Jones also looks like a player. Jones is
big but not all that strong yet. He's fairly coordinated and looks like
he could carry about 270 solid pounds. Definitely the center of the
future.

Look for Cal to begin the season in the top ten of quite a few polls,
including Sports Illustrated.

 
 
 

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Post by martin » Thu, 31 Aug 1995 04:00:00

Please give ne more info. on incoming players-stats and so forth.

 
 
 

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Post by Ken Bowe » Wed, 06 Sep 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>Here is what I see as Cal's starting lineup this season:

>PG - 6-6 Jelani Gardner

No question.  Bozeman showed a lot of confidence in him last year.

Quote:
>2G - 6-3 Ed Gray, strong and fearless and a dead-eye shooter, has been
>*** in off-season pick-up games. Likes to drive in traffic, and
>doesn't have a conscience from outside.

He'd better be able to defend and shoot a *lot* better than the
37% overall, 28% from 3, he produced at Tennessee.  No one took
a firm hold on this spot last year and your report on Gray
doesn't convince me he's necessarily going to establish himself
right away.  

Quote:
>SF - 6-7 Tremaine Fowlkes

Check.

Quote:
>Tony Gonzalez, who could be all-conference as a tight
>end this football season, will be tough to keep off the floor.

I dunno about the football side, although he needs to see the ball
some to be All-anything.  He's no small forward in basketball.
If Abdur-Rahim can move outside as well as reported, he can
pair with Gonzales at times. Cal has lotsa guards and 4-5 types,
but they are thin at the 3.  Gardner in a 3-guard set can play
some 3 on the defensive end.

Quote:
>PF - 6-9 Shareef Abdur-Rahim

Sounds very promising. Let's hope he's eligible.

Quote:
>Sean Marks has battled injured but will surely see minutes with
>his athletic offensive game in the post.

With some progress he'll continue to get minutes.  A guy that big
with thatt kind of shooting touch is always an asset.

Quote:
>C - 6-8 Al Grigsby, if he's healthy Grigsby will be a solid player and
>very tough on the offensive end. Has a cast on his ankle right now, but
>is expected to be in perfect shape for the season.

Hmm. Heard this before.  If the cast doesn't come off very soon,
he won't be in top shape for the beginning of the season. In any
case, hard to count on anything until we see him play. See below
why i don't see him as the primary center.

If anyone ever deserved a healthy season, it's Grigsby.

Quote:
>Yogi Stewart is a nice backup

The starting center for now.  A lot of big men take a big step
up between soph and junior year.  Stewart has plenty of game
experience and he showed some flashes of offense last year.

Quote:
>recruit Kenyon Jones also looks like a player. Jones is
>big but not all that strong yet. He's fairly coordinated and looks like
>he could carry about 270 solid pounds. Definitely the center of the
>future.

Great.  With Jones and Marks able to play center, there won't be
much pressure on him.

That's 3 guys who can play center.  I don't see playing Grigsby
out of position for long stretches when you've got that kind
of depth, especially since he's coming off an injury.  If Grigsby is
healthy, he, Fowlkes and Abdur-Rahim could make a nice forward trio
for the up-tempo game, with Gonzales there to spell Grigsby and
provide energy.

Ken B.

 
 
 

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Post by Russ Smi » Wed, 06 Sep 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

> That's 3 guys who can play center.  I don't see playing Grigsby
> out of position for long stretches when you've got that kind
> of depth, especially since he's coming off an injury.  If Grigsby is
> healthy, he, Fowlkes and Abdur-Rahim could make a nice forward trio
> for the up-tempo game, with Gonzales there to spell Grigsby and
> provide energy.

I agree with everything you see, but as a Cal fan I'm drooling at the
prospect of putting Fowlkes, Abdur-Rahim and Grigsby on the floor at the
same time, not too many teams can match that athleticism on the front
line, and Fowlkes and Abdur-Rahim can score, that's an Alabama type front
line, Pair that with Gardner and Gray in the backcourt and the quickness
and overall size is frightening, smallest guy is 6'3" and he can sky(Gray)
two 6'9", and 2 great athletes in Fowlkes and Gardner.

If everyone is eligible to play Cal's going to have as athleticically
talented team as anybody in the Country, let alone the Pac-10. Stanford is
more experienced, and UCLA has great athletes too, but Cal looks scary if
nothing else goes wrong, they just have to figure out how to score in the
halfcourt, something Todd hasn't figured out so far.

.

--
Russ Smith

"Oh no, not again!"

           -Me after seeing the final score in the Cards game sunday.