Multiple reports have surfaced that California Golden Bears center Kameron Rooks tore his ACL last week and could miss entire 2014-15 college basketball season. This is especially unfortunate for Rooks, as he missed the last seven games of the 2013-14 season due to a stress fracture in his left foot.
This also happens to be a huge loss for Cal and first year coach Cuonzo Martin. The Golden Bears’ frontcourt already lacks some depth and it seemed likely that the 7’1″ Kameron Rooks was in prime position to play a huge role in their rotation. Now, not only does Martin have to deal with bringing some high expectations with him, but he will have to do so without one of the team’s only legitimate big men.
There are some other bigs on Cal’s roster that will help, yet the depth is where this will hurt the team down the line. The Golden Bears return two productive frontcourt players, but have little depth after that. If it does turn out that Rooks is out for the year, it looks like Kingsley Okoroh, who Martin brought with him via recruitment to Tennessee, will need to make a more immediate impact than originally expected.
Regardless, this is a significant blow to the team’s chances to have success this season.