BERKELEY -- California freshman point guard Brandon Chauca has yet to play a game for the Golden Bears this season, due to a protracted issue regarding NCAA certification. The issue, said head coach Cuonzo Martin on Tuesday, has been resolved.
“As of right now, it’s looking like it’ll be 20 percent of the games,” said Martin. "He has been practicing with the team and will be eligible to participate officially in game activity as of December 1, 2014. We have worked with the NCAA regarding an eligibility certification issue that has since been resolved. We look forward to having Brandon able to compete with us as we move through the season."
While the point guard minutes have been split between starter Tyrone Wallace and Sam Singer, Martin said that Chauca will indeed play.
“We’ll play him,” said Martin, who has good depth with his guards, but not much in the frontcourt. “I think he can help in areas. He shows it in practice. Obviously, you have to do it in a game, but the guy has the ability to make shots from the perimeter, and put pressure on the basketball.”
After splitting last week at the 2K Classic, defeating No. 23 Syracuse, but falling to No. 10 Texas, the Bears come back home tonight to face Cal Poly – a 2014 NCAA Tournament team -- at 7 p.m., at Haas Pavilion.