Cal in 2009-10

n WHO'S BACK: The Bears will return their entire team except starting center Jordan Wilkes, who is graduating and will skip his final season of eligibility. Led by seniors-to-be Jerome Randle (18.3 ppg, 5.0 apg), Patrick Christopher (14.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Theo Robertson (13.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Cal will retain 93.9 percent of its scoring and 88.5 percent of its rebounding.

  • THE NEWCOMERS: Cal has three players arriving in the fall, including 6-7, 265-pound JC center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, who will compete for a starting job. De La Salle High's Brandon Smith could get a chance to battle for playing time at point guard while 6-10 Sudanese native Bak Bak figures to need some seasoning.

  • WHAT COULD CHANGE: Freshman guard Jorge Gutierrez may get more opportunity to play as Randle's backup at the point. A healthier Harper Kamp will push Jamal Boykin at power forward. Depending on the progress of others, Omondi Amoke could get the chance to return from power forward to small forward, his more natural position.

  • THE SCHEDULE: The non-conference schedule includes two high-profile road trips: a matchup with Kansas at famed Allen Fieldhouse, and a trip to Madison Square Garden for the Coaches vs. Cancer semifinals and championship with North Carolina, Syracuse and Ohio State.

  • BOTTOM LINE: Potential NBA defections at UCLA and USC could impact their prospects, but figure the Bears to be among four teams at the top of the Pac-10 along with those two and Washington.

    — Jeff Faraudo