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Golden Nuggets: Catching Up with Leon Powe

The latest rankings came out and Cal is ranked 22nd...according to the US News and World Report.  Stanford beat us, of course, and finished tied for 5th.  UCLA fans can't be happy that USC was just ahead of them, at 25th and 23rd, respectively.  No other Pac-10 schools are in the top-25.  Washington is 41st, our new comrades at Colorado are 86th, Oregon and Washington State are 111th, Arizona is 120th, Pac-12 newcomer Utah is 129th, Oregon State is 139th, and Arizona State is 143rd.

Daily Cal recently interviewed Leon Powe and asked him about preparing for the upcoming season (without LeBron), his time at Cal, and returning to home to the Bay Area.

JW: You mentioned that you still follow Cal basketball. Did you get to watch the game against Arizona State where they clinched the Pac-10 championship?

LP: I've seen the confetti and stuff after. I forgot where I was; I was playing a game somewhere, but I caught the end of it. It was a big moment for Cal and a big moment for that team. Everybody was going crazy. Everybody was jumping up and down, having fun, and that's the way it's supposed to be.

JW: Do you ever think about what it would've been like to play under Mike Montgomery instead of Ben Braun?

LP: Well, I never thought Mike Montgomery would end up at Cal. He's a Stanford guy and you know how I feel about Stanford people and how Cal nation feels about Stanford people. But I gave him a pass, talked to him when he first got here and he seems like a pretty good guy.

JW: Any advice for Patrick Christopher and Jerome Randle on making it to the NBA?

LP: My advice would be just stick with it. No matter what happens, no matter what you go through, just stick with it. Keep believing in your dream, keep working hard, and eventually success will come to you.

After the jump JO interviews Riley, Stevens, Schwartz, and Sofele, two more players earn spots on preseason watch lists, and various journalists fill us in on days 9 and 10 of fall camp.