BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Jorge Gutierrez, who starred at California from 2009-2012, has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association, the organization announced on Thursday.
“We are absolutely delighted for Jorge,” California head men’s basketball coach Mike Montgomery said. “He is one of my favorite kids I have ever coached. He deserves it. I hope he makes his mark in the NBA. He will help regardless because he is that type of kid. We are all really happy for him.”
The first signee of the Mike Montgomery era at Cal, Gutierrez was a four-year standout for the Golden Bears where he completed his career as one of the top guards in school history. As a senior in 2012, he became the only player in conference history to be named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year while garnering his second first team all-league nod. Gutierrez, who was also a 2012 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District selection, averaged 13.0 ppg. and 5.3 rpg. to go along with a team-best 37 steals in 2012.
Gutierrez is one of only two Golden Bears in school history, along with Kevin Johnson, to reach 1,000 points, 400 assists and 400 rebounds in his career. He ranks fifth on Cal’s career steals list (148), sixth in assists (423) and 22nd in scoring (1,232). Gutierrez completed his career with 494 career rebounds.
The Golden Bear was also a standout in the classroom where he was named a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree.
He was averaging 13.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists for the Canton Charge of the NBA Developmental League this season where Brooklyn and fellow former Golden Bear guard Jason Kidd, the head coach of the Nets, made the move to sign Gutierrez. Last season, Gutierrez was named to the NBA Developmental League’s all-defensive and all-rookie squads. He was part of the Nets’ training camp roster this past fall.
Gutierrez is the fourth Golden Bear currently in the NBA, along with Kidd, New Orleans Pelicans standout Ryan Anderson and Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe.