January 11, 2012
BERKELEY -- With sophomore big man Richard Solomon back among the living following a stress reaction in his left foot, the California basketball team is still working through a few other injury bugs.
Junior point guard Brandon Smith -- who suffered a concussion during last week's road trip -- is still feeling a bit woozy, and did not practice on Monday.
"I expected to have him yesterday, but I didn't," said head coach Mike Montgomery. "He woke up with a little bit of a headache, but I'm hoping to have him today."
Montgomery said he was not "100-percent sure" whether or not Smith would be available for the Thursday-Saturday tilts against Colorado and Utah.
Redshirt freshman Alex Rossi has been practicing with the team for two weeks now, but is still not quite in game shape. His shot -- judging by pregame warm-ups -- is still as sharp as ever, but mentally, he's still a bit behind. Rossi traveled to Oregon as a reserve, and appears to be ready to play in an emergency, but the three-point sniper still has some work to do.
"He's on the court. He's going to have to play in practice," Montgomery said. "He's going to have to produce in practice. He hasn't practiced for a year and a half, so he's just way behind. He doesn't know the offense, he's not in any kind of game-type condition, so, like anybody else on the entire squad, he's going to need to start producing in practice and making plays that get you saying, 'Well, you know, he might be ready to help,' but he's not there yet. I'm hoping somebody keeps getting better."