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VIDEO: On the day of Jason Kidd’s retirement, check out his highlights from Cal

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Today, Jason Kidd called it quits on his basketball playing career. The man was in the NBA so long, a lot of people forget how incredible he was in college.

Kidd was insane. I heard endless stories from those ahead of me about his passing prowess with the Golden Bears — he averaged 7.7 assists per game as a freshman and 9.1 as a sophomore — his ability to create off the dribble (13 points per game as a freshman, 16.7 as a sophomore) and his ability to pretty much lock down anyone — he averaged over three steals per game (THREE!) in both seasons at Cal.

Here are a couple of documentary-style pieces, via YouTube, of Kidd showing out in college. Seriously, watch these.

Kidd’s freshman season

Kidd’s sophomore season

There are a few more from both his freshman and sophomore seasons, but these should do enough justice to showing everyone just how magical this guy was on a basketball court.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go out and throw no-look and behind-the-back passes to anyone who will catch them.

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Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.