How well has Cal freshman David Kravish played in his first three college basketball games?
His ex-coach texted him after a 12-point performance last Tuesday against Austin Peay and jokingly accused him of coasting through his high school career.
"How do you respond to that?" Kravish wondered.
The 6-foot-9 forward will get the chance to show off his budding game in front of friends and family Monday night when the 23rd-ranked Golden Bears (3-0) get their first real test of the season against Georgia (3-0) in the semifinals of the CBE Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
A victory over the Bulldogs would sent Cal into Tuesday night's CBE title game against either No. 24 Missouri (3-0) or Notre Dame (4-0).
For Kravish, who grew up 22 miles down the road in Lee's Summit, Mo., this is more than a homecoming. It's his first chance to measure himself against high-level players after averaging 6.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in three one-sided Cal victories.
"He's going to get against some big 'ol burly guys where they're going to take him down low and try to punish him. And that's going to be a real challenge for him," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said.
At 209 pounds, Kravish is used to the physical mismatch, even during practice. "I've just got to play smarter and harder," he said.
He already seems to have mastered those aspects of the game. Montgomery notes how Kravish has a knack for being in the right place
"I'm not sure my arms are like absurdly long for my height," Kravish said. "It might just be that because they're so skinny they look super-long."