The Blue-White game is almost here and while the event doesn’t draw the hype of Big Blue Madness it almost certainly proves to be more fun. Especially in the Cal era of players getting their first chance to show out. Who can forget the debut of John Wall? Terrence Jones going for 52 points and 12 rebounds? While there are countless great moments in Big Blue History my list is going to focus on the guys on the current roster. Here are some of their best highlights and a glimpse of what we hope to see tomorrow night:
2013, EJ Floreal Posterizes Julius Randle
Nobody knew the name of walk-on Freshman EJ Floreal until he made himself a nice poster out of future top-five pick Julius Randle. That lesson was clearly learned by Skal Labisseire earlier this month when he saw EJ flying down the lane and got out of the way. Will other team’s walk-ons be as fortunate?
2013, Derek Willis is Your Team MVP
In his second year on campus Derek Willis showed a flash of what we all hoped he can be with 21 points and eight rebounds. The Kentucky boy was 5-for-6 from downtown in a showcase of why you shouldn’t put much stock in Blue-White games. Willis hit one three-pointer in the 2013 season and made five in limited minutes last year.
2014, Tyler Ulis Sends Willie Flying
Willie Cauley-Stein played his way to first team All-American status behind the strength of his relentless defense. Lucky for him, he never had to go up against Tyler Ulis. Ulis showcased his stellar speed with a quick inside out move to gain some space from his seven foot defender. Moments later, Marcus Lee found him in the same spot for a wide-open three. In one play you see Ulis demonstrate smart basketball and his wont-back-down attitude that he would utilize all season. It’s going to be fun to see what tricks he breaks out at this year’s Big Blue Madness.
2012, Alex Crams on WCS
Not to pile on Willie Cauley-Stein but he makes another appearance on another guy’s highlight reel, this time being Alex Poythress’. As a freshman our boy Poy came in as an explosive athlete that could change a game in an instant. This dunk was just a preview of the many, many dunks that Poythress has unleashed on the world of college basketball. Hopefully he is able to regain that explosiveness and jam on some more victims this season.