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Cal basketball point guard Brandon Chauca will not be on the roster moving forward

Cal basketball will move forward without point guard Brandon Chauca, who sat out last season with injury.

California basketball will move forward without point guard Brandon Chauca, a team source told BearTerritory on Tuesday. The 5-foot-9 redshirt junior is not in the plans of the new staff, but will still be kept on scholarship, and allowed to graduate from Berkeley, if he so chooses. He can also transfer to a Division II school and play right away, or to a Division I school and sit out a year. 

"It's in the best interest of the team," Chauca told BearTerritory. "I'm excited to watch the young guys develop. I'm looking forward to watching Kingsley [Okoroh] and Marcus [Lee] dominate the front court of the Pac-12, and to also watch Don C (Dontae Coleman) emerge as the face of Cal Basketball ... I'm going to finish my degree at Cal."

The Bears signed Deschon Winston as a late add to the 2017 class, and added Boise State transfer Paris Austin, an Oakland native, to the roster in recent weeks. Austin has to sit out a year due to transfer rules, but will then have two years of eligibility remaining. Between him, Winston and Dontae Coleman, there was little space for Chauca. The Bears lost senior Sam Singer -- who will be participating in July's Maccabi Games in Israel for the United States -- to graduation, and freshman point Charlie Moore to a transfer. He will be playing at Kansas after sitting out next season.

Chauca sat all last season due to a broken wrist, and has seen very limited use in his two seasons on the floor in Berkeley (31 games). He's averaged 8.0 minutes and 1.9 points per game, shooting 35.7% from the field and 33.3% from three-point range. He's averaged 0.5 rebounds per contest, and turned the ball over 23 times to 20 assists, with 3 steals.

Updated 9:28 a.m., June 14: Added comment from Chauca. Top Stories