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Golden Nuggets: Jorge Gutierrez Makes the Case for All-Pac-10 Team

Jorge has made a convincing argument that he should be part of the All-Pac-10 Team in addition to the All-Pac-10 Defensive Team.  His offensive explosion this month (22.3 ppg after last night's win) has exceeded all expectations.

Known mostly for his hustle, feistiness and defensive play his first two seasons, Gutierrez is averaging 22.2 points over six games this month after his career-high 34-point effort against UCLA.

That's a higher February average than Arizona's Derrick Williams, Washington State's Klay Thompson or anyone else in the Pac-10.

Coach Mike Montgomery said the Bears were just looking for a player who would compete when he made the Chihuahua, Mexico, native his first recruit three years ago.

"He's more of a glue guy. I think he's had to assume more of a scoring role than he's comfortable with," Montgomery said. "He's obviously done a great job, but I don't think that's what he wants to do."

What Gutierrez wants to do is whatever is necessary.

"The team needed me to score," said Gutierrez, who averaged 5.1 points per game his first two seasons at Cal. "I don't mind scoring. I don't think anybody does."

Still, Gutierrez's recent hot streak points to the development of his all-around game. For the season, he averages 14.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game and is third in the conference in free throws made with 134.

"He's proven to be a better scorer than we expected," Montgomery said.

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