Gates, Smith Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Recognition
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/28/2002

March 28, 2002

BERKELEY - Cal senior guard Dennis Gates and junior guard Donte Smith both earned recognition on the Pac-10 All-Academic men's basketball team, the conference announced Thursday.

Gates was placed on the first team for the second consecutive year. He was also a second team choice as a sophomore in 2000. Smith garnered honorable mention status for the second time.

During the past season, Gates competed as a graduate student in Cal's School of Education. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology in just three years and will receive his master's degree this May. On the court, Gates started 14 games for the Bears in 2001-02 and averaged 5.6 points and 2.0 rebounds. He also ranked second on the team in both assists (71) and steals (38).

Smith, an undeclared major, saw action in 14 games for Cal this year, averaging 1.1 points and 0.6 rebounds.

Over the past two years, Cal has had four first team Pac-10 All-Academic members with Gates, Ryan Forehan-Kelly and Morgan Lingle on the squad last season.

2002 Pac-10 All-Academic Men's Basketball Team

First Team Name (School) Yr GPA Major Curtis Borchardt, STAN Jr. 3.13 American Studies Dennis Gates, CAL Grad. 3.12 Education Ben Lindquist, ORE Sr. 3.24 Business Administration J Locklier, WSU Grad. 3.68 Education Administration Shawn Redhage, ASU Jr. 3.44 Construction Sciences

Honorable Mention Name (School) Yr GPA Major Justin Allen, ASU So. 3.31 Justice Studies Luke Jackson, ORE So. 3.01 Undeclared Mark Michaelis, ORE Sr. 3.16 Sociology Donte Smith, CAL Jr. 3.07 Undeclared