November 20, 2007

Mr. Productive

Cal sophomore forward Ryan Anderson admitted right before the season began that he was extremely excited to move out of the low block and play on the perimeter for stretches during games this season. Fans around the Pac-10 saw how versatile Anderson's skills were on the court last year and his inside-out abilities are only going to be further exemplified in the coming months. The Bears 74-62 victory over Nicholls State Monday night was just the latest example of Anderson's productivity.

No Sophomore Jinx Around Here

To say the least, Anderson's sophomore collegiate campaign got off to quite an inauspicious start last week in Cal's season opener against Southern Mississippi. The 6-foot-10 versatile forward - who was second in Pac-10 freshman of the year voting last season behind Arizona's Chase Budinger - lost vision in his left eye for a portion of the contest and labored through the game before hitting a crucial three-pointer late in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory for the Bears.

After the contest against the physical Golden Eagles squad, Anderson said that he lost vision in his eye in the middle of the game and had to go back to the locker room on more than one occasion to have trainers "okay" to continue. Anderson further explained his somewhat mysterious eye injury after the contest Monday night against Nicholls State.

"It actually bothered me (Monday) which was weird," he explained. "But during the game everything was fine. It was just a weird situation last game and I'm glad it didn't happen again. I went to the doctors and checked it out and everything is fine."

"The doctors said it was a migraine without the headache," Anderson continued. "It blurs up your vision in both of your eyes and I could feel it predominantly in my left eye. I have no idea why but I got an M.R.I. on my brain and they didn't find anything wrong."

The same thing happened to Anderson back in high school during his senior year while BearTerritory was present.

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