Feb. 27, 2009
BERKELEY - Thirteen members of the California Athletic Hall of Fame, plus the school's all-time leaders in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks, highlight the 30-player Golden Bears All-Century team announced by the Athletic Department Friday.
Players who earned All-America honors (1st team, 2nd team or 3rd team) or Conference Player of the Year recognition - a total of 19 - received an automatic berth on the team, while fan voting determined the final 11 spots. More than 2,200 ballots were cast during the six-week voting period that ended earlier this week.
The All-Century team is part of a year-long celebration of the 100th season of Cal basketball. In addition to video highlights of great moments in Cal history presented at each home game, the Bears hosted an alumni weekend Feb. 13-14 that included an alumni game in Haas Pavilion and a special recognition of the 1959 NCAA championship squad when Cal hosted Stanford. All-American center Darrall Imhoff, who led the Bears to the title, had his number 40 jersey retired at halftime of the Pac-10 contest.
Those earning automatic selection to the All-Century team based on their on-court accomplishments were:
Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996)
Fans added four Hall of Famers to the list in Charles Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Brian Hendrick and Phil Chenier, as well as Cal's all-time shot-blocker Michael Stewart and Tony Gonzalez, a two-sport star who still plays as an All-Pro tight end with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.
The full list of fan selections:
Dave Butler (1983-87)
The team features players from every decade from the 1920s to the present and includes 16 1,000-point scorers. All-time leaders on the squad include Sean Lampley (points), Bob McKeen (rebounds), Mark McNamara (field goal percentage), Keith Smith (assists, games played), Jason Kidd (steals) and Michael Stewart (blocks).
Each member of the All-Century team will receive a specially designed gold medallion.
Cal's All-Century Team
Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996) - the first freshman to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors ... led the Pac-10 in scoring in his only season in Berkeley, averaging 21.1 ppg ... named National Freshman of the Year and a third-team Associated Press All-American ... had four 30-point games ... won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics ... selected with the third pick of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Ryan Anderson (2007-08) - a first-team All-Pac-10 choice as a sophomore ... led the Pac-10 with 21.1 ppg in 2008 ... named a second-team All-American by the Sporting News ... set a Cal sophomore record by scoring 1,236 points over his two years ... first player in school history to have at least 600 points and 300 rebounds in one season ... a Pac-10 All-Freshman pick in 2007 ... chosen by the New Jersey Nets in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft.
Dave Butler (1983-87) - the 14th-ranked scorer in Cal history with 1,291 points ... also No. 6 for career rebounds (814) ... voted first-team Pac-10 All-Academic in 1986 and '87 ... also a first-team Academic All-American in 1987 and a second-team choice in 1986 ... the 1983 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year ... Cal's Most Improved Player in 1983.
Phil Chenier (1970-71) - named Cal's Most Improved Player in both 1970 and '71 ... selected first-team all-conference in 1971 ... one of the first players to declare early for the NBA Draft and was chosen in the first round by the Baltimore Bullets in 1971 ... inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 ... averaged 13.5 ppg and 3.6 apg for his career, including 16.8 ppg in 1971.
Vern Corbin (1927-29) - inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 ... considered one of the top centers of his era ... helped the Bears to three consecutive conference titles ... a two-time All-Coast choice ... a first-team All-America selection as a senior in 1929.
Russ Critchfield (1966-68) - a three-time team MVP ... named a first-team All-American as a senior ... averaged 19.4 ppg for his career, including 22.0 ppg as a senior and 21.0 ppg as a junior ... scored 1,437 points ... member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame ... served as a Cal assistant coach from 1977-85.
George Dixon (1926-27) - the first All-American in school history ... led the Bears to undefeated seasons in 1926 and '27 ... won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the U.S. team at the 1924 Games ... inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.
Hal Eifert (1932-34) - a three-year starting forward ... twice voted first-team all-conference ... set a then-Cal record with 252 points while claiming first-team All-America status in 1934 ... member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame.
Larry Friend (1955-57) - A member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame who was chosen a first-team All-American in 1957 ... averaged 18.9 ppg as a senior when he led the Bears to a 21-5 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance ... Cal's top scorer as a junior and senior.
Tony Gonzalez (1995-97) - shot 64.0% from the floor as a freshman, second highest in school history and a Cal freshman record ... scored 23 points vs. Villanova in the second round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament, helping the Bears to the Sweet 16 ... recipient of the team's Coaches Award in 1996 ... also a standout tight end in football.
Ed Gray (1996-97) - named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1997 when he set a school record by averaging 24.8 ppg ... also set the Cal single-game record with 48 points at Washington State as a senior ... scored at least 30 points six times in 1997 ... voted Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in 1996 ... a first-round NBA Draft pick by the Atlanta Hawks.
Alfred Grigsby (1992-97) - No. 3 in school history with a 56.1 shooting percentage ... paced Cal in rebounding as a senior (6.1 rpg) ... had his No. 4 jersey retired for perseverance through injuries and was one of the first players granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA ... voted Cal's Most Inspirational Player four times ... helped two teams to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Brian Hendrick (1990-93) - first-team All-Pac-10 1991-93 ... inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 ... No. 7 all-time with 1,556 points and No. 3 all-time with 898 rebounds ... member of two NCAA Tournament teams, including the 1993 squad that advanced to the Sweet 16 ... named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team when he averaged 14.9 ppg in 1990 ... two-time team MVP and voted Cal's top defender in 1990.
Darrall Imhoff (1958-60) - A two-time All-American for the Bears, leading Cal to the NCAA title in 1959 and a runner-up finish in 1960 ... had his No. 40 jersey retired on Feb. 14, 2009 ... won a gold medal as a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team ... scored the winning basket in Cal's NCAA final victory over West Virginia ... member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame.
Charles Johnson (1969-71) - captain of Cal's teams from 1969-71 ... averaged 13.9 ppg for his career, finishing with 1,025 points ... also paced the Bears in assists twice and pulled down more than 500 rebounds (7.0 rpg) ... named All-Pac-8 in 1969 ... elected to the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 ... inducted into Pac-10 Hall of Honor in 2008.
Kevin Johnson (1984-87) - a two-time all-conference guard for the Bears who broke the school scoring record during his career, finishing with 1,655 points (now No. 3) ... also second in school history with 521 assists and fourth in steals with 155 ... scored at least 30 points three times ... a two-time team MVP ... member of the 1984 Pac-10 All-Freshman team ... a first-round NBA pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers ... had his Cal jersey retired in 1992 ... a member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame and the Pac-10 Hall of Honor ... had the first triple-double in school history.
Jason Kidd (1993-94) - Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 1993 and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1994 ... led the country in steals with 110 as a freshman and paced the nation in assists with 272 as a sophomore ... a first-team Associated Press All-American in 1994 ... led Cal two a pair of NCAA Tournaments, including the 1993 Sweet 16 ... recorded a school-record four triple-doubles ... a two-time Olympic gold medalist ... chosen with the second overall pick of the 1994 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks.
Joe Kintana (1931-32) - a first-team All-American in 1932 ... a two-time All-Southern Division selection as well as a first-team all-conference choice ... helped the Bears to a 16-8 record in 1931 and an 18-7 mark in '32.
Sean Lampley (1998-01) - Cal's all-time leading scorer with 1,776 points ... voted Pac-10 Player of the Year as a senior when he averaged 19.5 ppg and 7.2 rpg ... a two-time All-Pac-10 choice ... voted MVP of the 1999 NIT when the Bears captured the title ... finished his career ranking among Cal's all-time top 10 in points, rebounds and assists.
Bob Matheny (1950-54) - a third-team All-America choice in 1954 ... also chosen first-team All-Southern Division in 1953 ... served as captain of the squad as a senior when he averaged 13.4 ppg ... also contributed 11.9 ppg as a junior.
Bob McKeen (1952-55) - set Cal's career scoring record with 1,654 points, a mark that stood for more then 30 years ... a first-team All-American in 1955 ... Cal's all-time leading rebounder, having grabbed 1,019 boards ... had five 30-point games and two 20-rebound performances ... member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mark McNamara (1981-82) - spent two seasons with the Bears after transferring from Santa Clara ... the first player in school history to score 1,000 points in his first two years in the program ... a two-time team MVP who earned All-Pac-10 and All-America honors as a senior when he poured in 22.0 ppg ... had six 30-point games ... a first-round NBA Draft choice by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Lamond Murray (1992-94) - one of the most prolific scorers in school history, averaging 19.2 ppg over his three years ... averaged 24.3 ppg as a senior when he broke the Cal scoring record with 1,688 points (since passed) ... also set the school season mark with 729 points as a junior ... had at least 20 points in eight straight games in 1994 and had a total 46 20-point efforts ... the seventh choice of the 1994 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Leon Powe (2004-06) - the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2004 and a two-time All-Pac-10 pick ... named a second-team All-American as a sophomore ... voted MVP of the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament after scoring 41 points in the semifinals vs. Oregon ... a two-time team MVP ... averaged 20.5 ppg and 10.1 rpg in 2006.
Joe Shipp (2000-03) - third on Cal's career list with 1,666 points ... also fourth with 157 three-pointers made ... set a Cal record with 9 three-pointers vs. Fresno State ... paced the Pac-10 with 20.4 ppg as a senior ... helped the Bears to three NCAA Tournaments ... first-team All-Pac-10 and an honorable mention All-American as a senior.
Earl Shultz (1959-61) - an honorable mention All-American as a junior who earned third-team status his senior year ... member of Cal's 1959 NCAA championship team and 1960 NCAA runner-up squad ... chosen first-team all-conference in 1960 ... averaged 9.5 ppg in 1960 and 9.9 ppg in 1961.
Keith Smith (1987-90) - Cal's all-time assist leader with 546, who also rates among the Top 10 in points (1,398) and steals (129) ... also played in 128 games, more than any other Golden Bears ... Cal's MVP in both 1988 and 1990 ... a first-team All-Pac-10 choice in 1990 when he led Cal to its first NCAA Tournament in 30 years.
Michael Stewart (1994-97) - holds ever Cal blocked shot record - career (207), season (59) and game (7, three times) ... owns four of the top six season block totals at the school ... named Pac-10 All-Freshman in 1994 ... Cal's Best Defensive Player as a freshman and Most Improved Player as a senior ... career field goal rate of 51.0% is 10th in school history.
Leonard Taylor (1985-89) - a first-team All-Pac-10 choice in 1989 ... ranks sixth in Cal history with 1,608 points and seventh with 784 rebounds ... had consecutive 30-point games in December 1986 ... Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 1985 ... team MVP in both 1985 and '89 ... also Most Inspirational Player in 1987 ... his 649 points in 1989 are most ever scored by a Cal senior.
Andy Wolfe (1946-48) - the first player in school history to score 1,000 career points ... an All-American as a senior and three-time All-Southern Division choice ... member of the 1946 team that advanced to the Final Four ... joined the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.