Cal senior point guard Tyrone Wallace is out for the next 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his hand

BERKELEY -- Cal starting point guard Tyrone Wallace will be unavailable for the next 4-6 weeks after breaking a bone in his wrist during practice.

BERKELEY -- California head coach Cuonzo Martin announced on Tuesday that senior point guard Tyrone Wallace will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his hand.

"Hh's a guy who can make a play, one of five guys in our league who can make a play from anywhere on the floor," Martin said. "He can get to the rim and make something happen."

Martin's second year at Tennessee, Jeronne Maymon was out for the entire season with multiple knee injuries, Martin recalled.

"It's more for the young man," Martin said. "You hate for it to happen to you, but it's the young man, and what he has to go through. Players, they make adjustments. He's your brother. He's still in your locker room." Sam Singer, who's played back-to-back games with a season-high in minutes (27 and 29), and has seen a lot of time at the point over the past three games, moving Wallace off the ball, is the odds-on favorite to start. Singer has played airtight defense during his most recent games, and can be an "all-Pac-12 defender," Martin has said.

Singer is anticipated to be the starter once Wallace graduates next season, so his opportunity will just be coming a bit earlier than planned.

"Obviously, we feel for him as a team, hate to see someone get hurt, especially Tyrone, we see how much energy he puts in every day, but nothing changes for me," Singer said. "I still plan on playing the same way I have been, starting or not. Nothing changes. We've talked, and he tried to instill confidence in me, told me to keep doing what I'm doing."

Despite coming off the bench, Singer is averaging 2.0 assists per game, and is shooting 33.3% from three-point range (8-for-24), with a 4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, whereas Wallace had 11 assists to 11 turnovers over the last three games.

"Sam Singer, coming off the bench, Brandon Chauca, not playing much -- with adversity comes opportunity, and you have to be ready when it presents itself," Martin said. "Sam is ready to step up and excited for the opportunity. Brandon - you're the next guy in line so it's time to be ready."

The left-handed Wallace broke the bone in his right hand during practice on Saturday, when he hit his hand during a five-on-five drill, and then came to the sideline for water, complaining of pain.

"We all saw it in practice, just a freak accident," Jabari Bird said. "We had no ide ahe injured his hand that badly. It's truly unfortunate ... We're all confident in Sam as a point guard and as a player. He's been really consistent for us lately."

Wallace leads the Bears in scoring with 15.4 points per game, and in assists, with 4.6, also pulling down 5.1 rebounds per contest.

He was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection last season, and has not missed a game in his career, playing in 119 over the past four seasons, including 108 starts.

"We have to come together as a team," Bird said. "It's not just one person to put the team on their back. We have to focus more on defense, shore up our offense, and I think we'll be alright.

"We're a team for a reason. It's not just one person. We've got to come together as a group."

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