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California’s Ricky Kreklow to transfer after graduating this summer

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After transferring in from Missouri in 2011, California shooting guard Ricky Kreklow hasn’t enjoyed the best fortune when it comes to injuries. In two seasons of play at Cal Kreklow missed a total of 35 games, including 24 during the 2012-13 season due to a broken foot. As a result of the injuries Kreklow (4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg in two seasons at Cal) wasn’t able to have the impact he hoped to upon his arrival in Berkeley.

With Justin Cobbs and Richard Solomon out of eligibility there was a chance for Kreklow to have a greater impact under new head coach Cuonzo Martin in 2014-15. However on Thursday it was announced that Kreklow will transfer, with the goal being to graduate this summer and as a result be eligible to play at his new school immediately.

While some would assume that the coaching change was the catalyst for Kreklow’s decision, he said that this wasn’t the case. And given the injuries, his father stated in an email to Jeff Faraudo of the Bay Area News Group that it’s been a tough two seasons as a result of those issues.

A 6-foot-6 wing, he also was asked to play inside at times because of the Bears’ shortage of post players.

“Been a tough couple of years for Rick with a broken foot, broken hand, broken nose, having to battle bigs down low,” Kreklow’s father Wayne said in an email.

Kreklow is the first member of the current roster to make the decision to transfer, with guards Jabari Bird, Tyrone Wallace and Jordan Mathews all on board at this time. Cal will also add two recruits in guard Ahmaad Rorie and center Kingsley Okoroh, with the latter being a needed interior body given the Golden Bears’ lack of depth in the front court.

Idrissa Diallo, who reopened his recruitment when Mike Montgomery announced his retirement, is still considering Cal as a possibility.

Akron reveals special bobble heads for LeBron, high school teammates

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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.

LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.

Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).

All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.

NEW PODCAST: Indiana, Cal, troublesome trends and a weekend preview

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The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.

Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast on either iTunes or Stitcher, and there’s also a link to listen to this podcast below. Thanks for listening.