A veteran with almost 60 starts to his credit, Wethers enters his senior campaign with all the tools to have an outstanding year ... not only expected to be one of Cal's leading scorers again, but also provides strong play on defense and is a solid rebounder ... a physical performer who brings a degree of versatility to the lineup ... has the ability to post up smaller guards and get inside to the hoop ... perhaps the best athlete on the team with his combination of size, strength and leaping ability ... has raised his scoring average every season and poised to join Cal's 1,000-point club this year ... according to Ben Braun, has the capability of dominating a game from a defensive standpoint.
As a Junior in 2001-02: Wethers averaged 10.3 ppg to rank second on the squad in scoring ... came on especially strong down the stretch, pumping in 22 points in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals vs. Arizona and adding 19 more in the NCAA playoffs against Penn ... tallied a season-high 24 points at USC Jan. 24, with 20 coming after halftime ... hit a turnaround three-pointer with four seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, a contest the Bears eventually won, 92-91 ... had 18 points at Arizona in the regular-season and reached double figures a total of 16 times ... led Cal in rebounding on seven occasions ... pulled down eight boards in a win over Stanford and matched that total vs. Arizona State at home ... had one of his best all-around games vs. UCLA Feb. 21 when he finished with 15 points, six rebounds and a career-high six assists ... presented with Cal's Hustle and Spirit Award.
As a Sophomore in 2000-01: Wethers ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (51.7%), tops among guards ... even better in conference games (53.5%) ... started the final 23 games of the season, earning his first start against Coppin State Dec. 23 ... began the year with nine points, all on three-pointers, vs. Mississippi State ... after not scoring in consecutive games against UC Irvine and Cleveland State, had nine points vs. Albany and a then-career-high 21 points vs. Georgia (9-15 FG, 3-5 FT) in the Pete Newell Challenge ... named to the all-tournament team at the Golden Bear Classic after scoring 10 points with three assists vs. Yale and 12 points with five assists against LaSalle ... led the Bears with 18 points at Stanford in mid-January ... in a home sweep of Washington and Washington State, averaged 8.0 ppg and made 7-of-9 attempts from the field ... played well in a loss at USC March 3 with 18 points (6-9 FG, 3-4 3P, 3-4 FT) ... in Cal's next game, soared to a career-best 27 points (10-13 FG, 5-6 3P, 2-2 FT) against Arizona State ... scored 10 points vs. Fresno State in the NCAA Tournament ... raised his three-point shooting rate from 18.9 percent as a freshman to 43.9 percent as a sophomore ... shot 48.6 percent (18-37) from behind the arc in league play ... named Cal's Most Improved Player at the end of the year.
As a Freshman in 1999-00: Wethers had 18 starts on the season, second among Cal's freshmen ... did not score in the TCU opener, then had 11 points the next game vs. Houston ... rated third on the squad in assists with 56 ... had a double-double against Arizona State at home with 16 points and 10 rebounds, both personal highs ... also grabbed seven rebounds vs. Arizona Jan. 6 and had six more against both Oregon and Stanford ... scored 12 points to go with six rebounds and two assists in the home opener against Pacific ... dished out a season-best five assists vs. Davidson and had at least three assists seven times, including three against Long Beach State in the first round of the NIT ... started the first six games of the year, then had six consecutive starts from Jan. 2 through Jan. 19 ... in front of three busloads of fans from Murrieta who drove up to see him play at USC Feb. 3, came off the bench for eight points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
High School: Wethers was a member of the Orange County Register's Fab 15 and the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best of the West squad ... voted first team all-state, Riverside County Player of the Year and league MVP after his senior year ... averaged 27 points and 10 rebounds as a senior ... scored 44 points in the title game of the Nighthawk Classic one day after scoring 42 points in a tournament game ... rated the No. 25 recruit in the country by Recruiting USA and the No. 30 prospect by FastBreak magazine ... other national rankings came from PrepStar (No. 11 small forward), Van Coleman's Future Stars (No. 58 overall) and Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook (Top 44 All-American) ... led team to a 22-6 record and a second straight league championship, the first two in school history ... as a junior, averaged 22.6 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.5 spg and 2.5 apg ... shot 54 percent from the floor and was named league MVP.
Personal: Brian Augustus Wethers ... born Dec. 17, 1980 in Carson, CA ... parents are Elbert and Michele Wethers ... brother, Bert, attends Cal State Hayward and brother, Brent, attends Long Beach State ... participated in his local D.A.R.E program during high school ... social welfare major.
CAREER HIGHS Points: 27 vs. Arizona State March 8, 2001 Rebounds: 10 vs. Arizona State Jan. 8, 2000 Assists: 6 vs. UCLA Feb. 21, 2002 Blocks: 1 many times, last vs. UCLA March 7, 2002 Steals: 4 vs. Santa Clara Nov. 20, 2001
CAREER STATISTICS Year G-Gs Min Fg-Fga Pct 3p-3pa Pct Ft-Fta Pct Reb Avg Pf-D Ast To Blk St Tp Avg 2000 32-18 615 67-159 .421 7-37 .189 34-51 .667 93 2.9 33-0 56 56 4 20 175 5.5 2001 31-23 667 104-201 .517 25-57 .439 32-44 .727 72 2.3 52-0 48 49 0 20 265 8.5 2002 32-17 728 132-277 .477 9-47 .191 57-80 .713 134 4.2 70-1 46 61 3 26 330 10.3 Totals 95-58 2010 303-637 .476 41-141 .291 123-175 .703 299 3.1 155-1 150 166 7 66 770 8.1