Two of Cal's finest athletes and most exciting players square off in this 5-12 matchup. The winner gets Jamal Boykin in the second round. Vote Cal fans--do you have KJ or RoJo?
Voting closes at noon PDT on Friday. After the jump, check he cases for both sides before coming to your decision.
Here's the Oski-friendly summary of one of the most exciting points to ever play ball at Harmon.
Despite excelling at two sports in high school, Johnson decided to play basketball exclusively at the collegiate level, and accepted a scholarship to play basketball for the University of California at Berkeley . Playing all four seasons, Johnson ended his college basketball career in 1987 as the school's all-time leader in assists, steals, and scoring (since eclipsed by Lamond Murray). He was also the first player in the Pac-10 Conference to post a "triple-double" in the statistics, and he was named to the Pac-10's all-conference First Team in both his junior and senior seasons, averaging 17.2 points and 5.0 assists in his final basketball season. His number 11 is retired.
California Pete's favorite lineup while at Cal involved Johnson running point, mainly because they ended a long streak of misery to UCLA.
11 – Kevin Johnson
22 – Chris Washington
33 – Eddie Javius
44 – Leonard Taylor
5 – Dave Butler
I still don’t know why Butler didn’t change his # to 55. It’s a toss-up for me between KJ and Jason Kidd as far as the most entertaining player I’ve seen wear the Blue and Gold.
JoshinPortland: Best player on that team. Glorious day in a packed Kips watching UCLA go down for the first time in my lifetime.
Here's the only Cal footage I could find of KJ, from the 1987 NBA Draft (starting at about 3 minutes in).
The announcers were surprised he was drafted so high at 7th. I was surprised too. He should've been drafted 3rd.
Now the mayor of Sactown, KJ still reps the Gold and Blue as often as he can. Here he is at Cal's Pac-10 championship celebration, as ebullient as can be.
On the other side, RoJo doesn't have the reps or chops of KJ, but he has been around long and provided the perfect complement to superior receiving talent. He was forced into primary receiver position late in the 2004 campaign, when crippling injuries took down Chase Lyman and Geoff Macarthur. He had 29, 34, 46, and 47 catches during his four seasons and had 42 straight games with a catch, a Golden Bear record. When Hawk surpassed him as the second receiver in 2007, he handled it fine and played fairly well down the agonizing stretch. Add in a fine finale at the Armed Forces Bowl and you have a stellar four year football career as a Bear.
Surprisingly though, what we'll probably remember Jordan for the most are some of his iconic photos. The camera always seemed to shine well on photogenic #2.
Vote. Winner takes on Jamal Boykin in Round 2.