Today's match-up comes out of the Pappy Waldorf Region and features two guys that were stalwarts for their respective teams during their time at Cal and are probably fondly remember by many Cal fans for their incredible contributions.
Joe Shipp was a tremendous scorer and leader for Cal basketball in the early 2000's and led the Bears to 3 NCAA tourney berths in his 4 years on the team. On the other side of him is Desmond Bishop, the leader of a fierce Bears defense who has gone on to anchor the Green Bay Packers defense as a teammate of everyone's favorite QB.
I suspect that this will be a victory for Bishop because of his continued success in the NFL and recent Super Bowl ring, but as it is an 8/9 matchup, you never know how it could end up playing out. The winner is going to move on to take on the winner of the Ron Gould/ Steve Rivera contest. You can check out the entire bracket here. Full write ups after the jump. Voting ends on Friday. GO BEARS!
(8) Joe Shipp
College Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-American by AP as a senior. Finished collegiate career as the third all-time leading scorer in California history, with 1,666 points, trailing only NBA players Sean Lampley (1,776) and Lamond Murray (1,688). Helped Cal to three NCAA Tournament appearances.
Senior (2002-03): Averaged a league-high 20.4 points and 6.1 rebounds. Started all 31 games. Set career highs in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage. Scored in double figures in every game. Posted 30 or more points four times, with a career-high 35 points against Oregon State. Registered a double-double of 23 points and ten rebounds against UCLA. Posted 22 points and eight rebounds against Oregon. Paced team with 21 points at Arizona. Tallied 24 points, eight rebounds, and five assists against NC State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Earned All-Pac-10 honors.
Junior (2001-02): Averaged a team-high 14.8 points and 4.7 rebounds. Started 31 of 32 games. Reached double figures in 26 of 32 games. Set a school record with nine three-pointers made in scoring season-high 31 points against Fresno State. Posted 24 points against St. Louis and at Oregon. Tallied 20 points and a season-high nine rebounds at USC. Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the BCA Classic after helping Cal to the championship. Led team with 25 points against Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament.
Sophomore (2000-01): Averaged 8.4 points and 2.8 rebounds. Started 13 of 31 games, including seven of the first eight games of the season. Registered season-high 21 points on 7-for-9 shooting against Oregon State. Tallied 15 points at Arizona State. Notched 15 points and three assists at UCLA.
Freshman (1999-00): Averaged 9.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. Started 12 of 33 games. Scored in double figures in 17 games. Recorded season-high 22 points at Colorado and against Washington State. Posted 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting in collegiate debut against TCU.
Personal: Majored in social welfare.
Cal's Most Valuable Player, leading scorer and an honorable mention All-Pac-10 choice last year, Shipp has the ability to score from most anywhere on the court ... not only has outstanding range, but also excels around the basket, where he can take advantage of his strength and quickness ... spent much of the offseason improving his conditioning and enters this year in the best shape of his career ... worked out with former Cal All-American and current NBA forward Lamond Murray in Berkeley over the summer ... became the 31st player in school history to score 1,000 points late last year and should finish his career in Cal's all-time Top 10 ... has made 117 three-pointers in three seasons ... Cal's leading returning rebounder and shot blocker ... also a good free throw shooter with a career rate over 76 percent ... has not missed a game during his tenure at Cal and enters this season with 56 starts in 96 contests.
(9) Desmond Bishop
People remember Marshawn owning things on the offensive end in that UW game, but they might forget that Bishop was a one man wrecking crew on D (16 tackles and the game clinching INT) - Video is here:
Throughout 2006 he was our defensive leader, and we certainly missed that fire in 2007.
Twist weighs in:
The Fiery Emotional and Vocally Inspiring Leader - this type of leader is emotional. He'll also have big time emotional celebrations after a big play, inspiring his teammates with confidence and energy. But what makes this type of leader different from the Fiery Emotional Cocky Leader is his ability to emotionally pick up his players. He's the one prowling the benches, screaming, and inspiring his teammates with words and speeches to find the heart within them to play harder and not quit. An example of this type of leader from last year's team would be Desmond Bishop.
As a senior in 2006, he became the first Bear in 13 years to lead the league in tackles with 126 and was named 1st-Team All-Pac-10. He had a knack for the big play - whether it was key stop, forced fumble, or game-clinching interception.
Questions about his speed caused him to drop to the 6th round, but his work ethic and determination quickly earned him the nod over more touted prospects when Green Bay's starters became injured. Already famous for his creative and entertaining twitter persona, http://twitter.com/#!/desbishop55, he backed up his words with solid play throughout the playoffs and in this year's Super Bowl victory.