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