February 27, 2012

Kale covers the backcourt

Kevin McCarthy

We all want to be considered 10s but we grudgingly settle for life as wherever we are on the ratings ladder. Not Cody Kale. He's different and quite right with being a 1 or a 2. Here's why.

photo of Cody Kale

Kale played as a point early on at Rocklin High, then became more of a scoring guard as an upperclassmen. This season at Yuba College, the plan was to primarily have him play the 2 but personnel circumstances soon dictated the 6-foot-3 sophomore take over the 1 spot for the 49ers.

As Dr. Phil is fond of inquiring 'how'd that work out?'

Well, try 116 assists for Kale so far this season, alongside 13 points per game on 52% overall shooting. He and his teammates currently sit at 29-3 overall, 11-0 in Bay Valley Conference play, with a looming playoffs matchup against West Hills College.

Kale signed with Cal State Bakersfield and Coach Keith Brown coming out of high school. But Brown was let go right after last season and Kale had departed prior to that.

So the 2011-12 season became a matter, critical in Kale's case, of making the right choice of community college.

Now some would have chosen the best chance to showcase individual skills, aka the bright lights/big city or even a talent-poor situation, one where voluminous shots would be available for the launching.

Kale went with Coach Doug Cornelius and Yuba College in Marysville.

"He [Cornelius] had an impressive background for getting players to the next level plus it's all about winning for me," Kale explained.

Besides being ultra-successful, the 49ers are also known for better living through chemistry, if you will, generally a blend of top talents from high school teams willingly sharing the ball.

With a reputation for a slasher and scorer, Kale expected to play primarily as a 2 but his role expanded with Travon Abraham's departure.

As Kale put it, "my versatility is that I can play multiple spots. I can score but also create for others."

He added, "I have a different mindset [from his high school and Bakersfield days]. I'm still aggressive and attack the rim but I also get others involved and make sure the post players get touches."

This expansion of his duties should only make him more in demand come recruiting time at season's end.

Kale also offered, "Academically I'm fine, I'm on track to earn my A.A. and I have a 3.6 grade point average."

Add in his familiarity with the adjustment to D-1 basketball and this is a 1/2 or a 2/1, if you prefer, ready to help a program looking for his skills set and overall package.

But preferably after playing and winning in the last game of the Final Four at Cosumnes River College in March.