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Wyking Jones names former Cal guard Theo Robertson as assistant coach

Former Cal guard Theo Robertson will join new new Bears men's basketball coach Wyking Jones's staff as an on-court assistant.

New California head men's basketball coach Wyking Jones has added to his coaching staff, bringing on former Bears guard Theo Robertson as an assistant.

“I'm really excited to have Theo back on campus as a part of our program,” Jones said in a release. “He's worked with the best at the highest ranks of the game and will bring an invaluable level of experience to our program. Theo is extremely sharp, personable, and a hard worker. His future in coaching is incredibly bright, but his connection with our players is what I'm most excited about. He sat in our locker room and was once in the same shoes as a standout student-athlete, and he knows what it takes to win a Pac-12 Championship.” Robertson is currently serving as a player development coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, having followed Lakers head coach Luke Walton from the Golden State Warriors, where Robertson served as the video coordinator and player development coach for one season, after previously serving as a video intern for the team. Robertson will be up in Berkeley after the end of the NBA regular season.

"Theo's a rock star, he really is," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told BearTerritory, during Cal's head coaching search. "He really is. He's just a great, smart guy, and someone who everybody on our staff and our roster enjoyed being around ... He's going to be a great coach, whether it's now or down the road. He's got a lot of talent."

As a senior, Robertson was a second-team all-conference selection, leading the league in three-point percentage (44.0) and helping the Bears to their first conference title in 50 years. He also left with the school's all-time best career three-point percentage (45.3%).

With hip surgery ending his professional playing aspirations, Robertson returned to Berkeley as a graduate student manager, and then as an administrative fellow for the Pac-12, before catching on with the Warriors.

"I hired him for a number of reasons," Kerr said. "He's really smart, he's easy to get along with. He's also a guy who can get out on the floor and play three-on-three. He'd just finished his Cal career, so he's still a big, strong athlete, and could hold his own against guys playing three-on-three games after practice, which a lot of our guys need -- guys who don't play a whole lot, one of the ways they stay in rhythm is playing one-on-one or three-on-three. I always like to hire guys who can still do that, and Theo can still play, and coach."

Kerr said that, eventually, Robertson would have been a front-bench coach for him, had he not followed Walton to Los Angeles. "We wanted him back," Kerr said. "We offered him a spot, back, but he had a great opportunity to go with Luke, and he made that decision, which I respect. I think he really valued new experience in a new city. He's grown up in the Bay Area, spent his whole life here. I think it was good for him to experience something new with Luke, and we'll see where his career takes him, but he'll do good things."

Robertson is a grinder, in terms of his work ethic, and he was a huge boost to recruiting, even in his limited capacity when he was with the Bears as a graduate manager, and director of operations for the program for two years.

"To be coming back to my alma mater as part of the coaching staff is something that is very special to me,” Robertson said in a release. “Cal played a large role in my growth both on and off the floor and I am thankful for the opportunity to return as a coach. I am looking forward to working with Coach Jones, serving our student-athletes and helping to shape the next generation of Golden Bears. He and I share the same vision and values and I am very excited to get to work."

A Pittsburg, Calif., native, and a Concord (Calif.) De La Salle graduate, Robertson carries a lot of weight, locally, and can keep top Bay Area basketball players home. He's a dynamic and engaging personality that will jibe well with donors, fans and players alike. Top Stories