California Golden Bears head coach Cuonzo Martin said to Today’s U that center Kameron Rooks is now fully cleared for all basketball related activities. He had been dealing with a foot issue.
This is right on schedule for Rooks, who Martin previously said would need to more weeks to be good-to-go on October 4.
A talented player, Rooks has had a rather up-and-down career while being a member of the Golden Bears, mostly due to previous injuries.
After joining the program as a three-star recruit, the center played sparingly in 2013. During his freshman campaign he played in 26 of 28 games before a foot injury ended his season. Unfortunately, he would then tear the ACL in his left leg prior to his sophomore season and missed the entire year while rehabbing the injury.
Luckily, the NCAA allowed him to take a redshirt year.
However, he did see his time on the floor increase to over 17 minutes per game last season. He started in 10 of the 33 games he appeared in for the Golden Bears.
In his time on the floor in 2015-’16, Rooks averaged 3.6 points on 57 percent shooting from the floor per game. He would add 4.9 rebounds and nearly a block per game, as well.
The team will be hoping Rooks not only returns to form, but has developed enough as a player to help the team parlay last season’s 23-wins and a trip to the NCAA Tournament into something even more in Martin’s third year as the head coach.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.