BERKELEY -- Until last season, a pair of knee injuries had limited California forward Christian Behrens to 41 and 53 goal minutes, respectively, in 2011-12 and 2012-13. Last season, though, wearing a bulky knee brace, Behrens nearly doubled his career minutes on the floor, playing in 24 games (he'd only played seven and nine games in his first two seasons).
Now, with the brace off, and seven-footer Kameron Rooks on the shelf due to a knee injury of his own, Behrens will see his minutes dramatically increase, and his role grow down low, next to David Kravish.
In the two practices BearTerritory was able to observe last week, Behrens looked much surer of himself and much stronger. Playing without the knee brace allowed Behrens to make more and better moves down low, and to get up and down the floor with ease -- something he was brought in to do when he was recruited. Behrens is finally physically sound, and he's playing with a lot of confidence. Along with Roger Moute a Bidias, Behrens is arguably the most improved Bear on the court for new head coach Cuonzo Martin.
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