Feb. 12, 2002
BERKELEY - Cal freshman Amit Tamir has added ESPN.com's National Player of the Week award to his list of honors following his 39-point performance against Oregon last Saturday.
Tamir, who was also selected the Pac-10 Player of the Week, scored a school freshman-record 39 points on 14-of-19 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-6 from three-point range. The point total was the fifth highest in Cal history and the most for any Bear since Ed Gray poured in 48 points at Washington State in 1997.
In addition to his effort vs. the Ducks, Tamir had 14 points and a career-best five assists in last Thursday's victory over Oregon State. For the season, the 6-10 forward is averaging 12.1 points and 4.1 rebounds. He is shooting a team-high 40.9 percent from three-point range (18-44).
Here is what Andy Katz had to say about Tamir on ESPN.com:
"Now we know why Cal coach Ben Braun was willing to get a lawyer and fight the NCAA for Tamir's eligibility. Tamir was sensational over the weekend against Oregon. He scored 39 points in the double-overtime victory, making 14 of 19 shots, 5 of 6 on 3s and 6 of 8 at the line. He also grabbed five boards. Tamir showed all of his skills with moves in the post down low, in the middle of the lane with a 'j' and a 3-point shot. Tamir, the 22-year old 6-foot-10 freshman out of the Israeli Army, was suspended for the first eight games of the season because of the NCAA's amateurism rule. He played on a team in Jerusalem that had professionals (former Indiana Pacer Haywoode Workman was one of them) and thus violated the amateurism rule. He could have been done for the season after playing in 30-plus games for the Israeli team. But the NCAA reduced all of the maximum penalties to eight games, making his penalty palatable. Cal got Tamir late, picking him up in the summer and beating Ohio and Northwestern for his services. Having him be a go-to scorer could change their place in the Pac-10 race."