NorCalNick: Before we start talking about who we've got coming back, we have to address who isn't here any more. For the first time in four years Cal won't have Jorge Gutierrez roaming the back court, harrassing the opponent's best perimeter player, making all the hustle plays, and at times carrying the offensive load.
"Ricky Kreklow, projected as the Bears' starter at shooting guard, underwent surgery on his right foot and will be sidelined 6 to 8 weeks.
A sophomore transfer from Missouri, Kreklow had surgery to repair a stress reaction in his foot, coach Mike Montgomery said.
Kreklow joined the program a year ago and sat out last season, as per NCAA transfer rules. He was expected to fill the backcourt spot vacated by Jorge Gutierrez, the Pac-12 Player of the Year who has graduated.
Now expect senior Brandon Smith to move into the starting five, alongside Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs. Freshman guard Tyrone Wallace will get the chance to show early what he can do."
Six to eight weeks means he's out until UNLV. Looks like Tyrone Wallace is going to be getting his first start Opening Night. Frank, as our main Cal basketball recruiting expert, what can Wallace and Khalil Johnson immediately bring to the Bears?