Mark Fox's latest transfer portal addition addresses Cal's need for point guard depth
So now we have 4 PGs on the roster?
Our incoming freshman better be an immediate impact player at the 4, otherwise we will have no depth, or have to rely on an undersized front line with little scoring punch
If Askew isn’t eligible this year we will have almost no offense
Thanks Nick, great article!
Anyone else wondering why a team with a gaping hole in the post did not add an experienced, let alone impact, big man via the portal? With Joel, Hyder, Celestine, Roberson, Bowser (and hopefully Askew, though he's probably a longshot to play this year) along with Kuany, Obinna, Alajiki & incoming FR Grant Newell on the wing, the guard/wing spots seem set...however, IF Thorpe does not return from injury (which opens up a scholarship), that leaves just Lars Thiemann and talented but raw FR ND Okafor in the post: while Lars definitely looked improved in '21-'22 from previous seasons, he nonetheless struggled to compete v. P12 front courts. Fox historically doesn't give big minutes to FR, so the C and PF position next year figure to be a struggle. Wonder if he plans on having Sam fill Grant's shoes as the stretch 4?
You hit the nail on the head - though hardly a surprise, Fox does not seem to recruit well enough at the Power 5 level. Sorry to say, it's tough right now on paper to see how this team is better next year.
The issue here is whether Clayton's two seasons of two or so games played constitutes using two years of eligibility. If it does he had played for five or six unexempted years already.
Several weeks ago this issue came up. I researched it and determined that, unlike football, where you can play four games and not have it be considered using up a year of eligibility, for basketball that WOULD be considered doing that. In fact, just participating in a single game for any length of time would be regarded as using up a year of eligibility.
At that time I read the NCAA was looking at this rule and for some reason some secondary conference was applying some sort of rule whereby playing for some short game amount would NOT be regarded as using up a year of eligibility. Hopefully, somebody else can provide an update as to what is happening regarding the basketball eligibility rule. Tx.
Remember back in the good old days of the mid-2010's when a post by Nick or Rob announcing good news like the transfer commitment of a starting PG that has the potential to average 10/3/3 at Cal would garner a whole slew of comments and threads? Only a handful of people even seem to be paying attention to the program now...such a sad state of affairs.
Damn you Mike Williams & Wyking Jones...I wish you both scabies.
Hopefully these portal transfers will make an impact, though it would be better to get one or two four-and-five star recruits. But I doubt that Fox has the charisma to do this.