One of the most versatile big men in the country, the 6-11 Tamir not only excels on the block, but he also has shooting range out to the three-point line ... brings a high degree of maturity and international experience to the Bears ... selected one of the Top 50 preseason candidates for the 2003-04 Wooden Award All-America team ... member of the Israeli National team ... attended the Pete Newell Big Man Camp the past two summers ... earned All-Pac-10 honors last year after claiming All-Freshman recognition in 2002 ... sees the court well and is an accomplished passer ... clearly Cal's most experienced big man ... the second Israeli native to play for the Bears under Ben Braun, joining former center Shahar Gordon (1999-2000) ... 2002-03 ... An All-Pac-10 and first team NABC All-District selection ... also claimed first team Pac-10 All-Academic honors - the only player in the league to earn mention on both the first team All-Pac-10 and All-Academic units ... led the Bears in rebounding (6.5 rpg), while also ranking second in assists (3.0 apg) and third in scoring (14.9 ppg) ... opened the season with his first career double-double - 20 points and 12 rebounds at New Mexico ... had a total of five double-doubles on the year ... had five games with 25 or more points, including a high of 27 points vs. both Georgia and Oregon State ... led the Bears in three-pointers made with 61 - good for third on Cal's season list ... drained seven treys (11 attempts) in his 27-point outing at Oregon State ... set a school record for most three-pointers made without a miss, going 5-for-5 vs. Arizona State March 2 ... his most important triple came against San Francisco, when he tied the game with 3.7 seconds left, a contest the Bears won in overtime ... reached double figures in rebounding seven times, with a high of 14 vs. Howard ... had double-doubles in both games vs. UCLA during the regular season ... tied a career high with seven assists at Cleveland State and matched the total at USC ... had a streak of 23 consecutive free throws made end Jan. 4 vs. Stanford ... 2001-02 ... Tamir had to sit out the first eight games of the season for playing with professionals in Israel ... then in his first action for Cal, had a big impact in the Golden Bear Classic ... not only scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in the title game vs. Penn State, but he forced a key turnover in the closing seconds to set up the Bears' winning basket in a 76-73 squeaker ... totaled 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting (3-for-4 from three-point range) at Oregon and added 17 points vs. Washington State ... capped a run of four consecutive double-figure outings with 39 points in a double OT win over Oregon ... made 14-of-19 shots, including 6-of-8 three-pointers, to garner both Pac-10 Player of the Week and ESPN.com National Player of the Week honors ... the total was the fifth highest in school history and all came after he entered the game with 6:14 left in the first half ... scored 18 points in wins over UCLA at home and at Arizona State ... shot just 1-for-7 from the floor vs. USC Feb. 23, but contributed seven assists with no turnovers ... had nine starts during the year, the last coming Feb. 2 vs. Arizona State at home ... co-winner of Cal's Best Academic Performance award.
High School: Tamir attended Ort HS in Jerusalem ... named best newcomer of the Israeli league ... led his team to the Jerusalem high school title ... played for the Israeli under-22 team at the 1998 European Championships in Sicily.
Personal: Amit Yosef Tamir ... born Dec. 2, 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel ... parents are Asher and Shula Tamir ... served three years in the Israeli Army ... has two older sisters, Rozit and Gal, and a younger brother, Daniel ... American studies major.
According to Coach Braun ...
"Amit has had a tremendous impact on our program since his arrival at Cal. His clutch shooting and ability to find the open man are two of his greatest assets. In addition to his team-leading three-point shooting, he has managed to lead our team in rebounding as well. I expect Amit to be more durable this year after his most productive summer of training. He will also be counted on for his leadership and maturity."
Points: 39 vs. Oregon Feb. 9, 2002
Rebounds: 14 vs. Howard Dec. 3, 2002
Assists: 7 many times, last at USC Feb. 22, 2003
Blocks: 2 many times, last vs. Arizona State March 2, 2003
Steals: 4 vs. Grambling Dec. 20, 2002