As the saying goes: the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. On Thursday, that saying came into focus once again, with the California Golden Bears and the Pac-12 Conference as a whole.
The conference as a whole has seen some big-time players return to their respective programs over the past week or so. Jakob Poeltl decided to return to Utah for a sophomore season, while Kaleb Tarczewski decided to make it a four-year career at Arizona by returning for his senior season. Other teams in the conference, like California, needed something big to happen to give them a shot at contending.
Thursday provided that for the Golden Bears, as guard Tyrone Wallace opted to return for his senior season, foregoing the NBA Draft for one more season.
Wallace, a 6’5” guard out of Bakersfield, CA, was a 1st Team All-Pac 12 player last season. He averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest for the Golden Bears.
The return of Wallace has people all over the country buzzing about the California Golden Bears in 2015-16. They now have Wallace, Jabari Bird and Jordan Matthews all in the mix for one more season. Throw in a strong recruiting class that is highlighted by Ivan Rabb, and the Golden Bears are a serious contender in the conference.
With his length and athleticism, Wallace has game-changing abilities and can take the game over at any moment. With Wallace back in the mix, the Golden Bears will be an exciting team to watch this season.