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Rocklin's Kale prepares for Bakersfield

Thunder star averaged 23.3 points per game as senior
By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Former Rocklin High basketball star Cody Kale will attend California State University at Bakersfield on a full-ride basketball scholarship. Kale, who just graduated, made it official by signing with Bakersfield in May. Bakersfield was the only college to offer Kale, a 6-foot-3 guard, a scholarship. Kale averaged 23.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Thunder (22-10) last season. He was also one of 20 players picked for the All-State team for Division II by Calhisports.com. “I thought it was overall a good fit in every way,” said Kale of Bakersfield. “I just like the fact that they gave me a chance that nobody else had yet. I was really comfortable with that.” Kale won’t officially move to Bakersfield until mid-August but he plans to go down there for about a week either this month or next month. “I talked to the coaches about going down there (early) . . . to work out with the guys,” Kale said. Steve Taylor, who coached Kale at Rocklin, is excited about Kale’s opportunity to play at Bakersfield. “I think it is the perfect fit for Cody because it is a new (Division) I program (third year) and he will get an opportunity to play right away,” Taylor said.  Bakersfield is scheduled to move into the Big West Conference in the near future. “No player deserves an opportunity like this more than Cody,” said Taylor, who stepped down as Rocklin’s coach after the season. “Over the past two years (he spent his freshmen and sophomore seasons at Whitney High) he has shown an ability to work as hard in the gym at improving his game as any player I have coached. “Cody helped make our team successful with his unique ability to score in many different ways, while continuing to be an extremely unselfish player. Cody has been an absolute pleasure to coach and I believe he will have nothing but success on and off the court in the future.” Kale says that the Bakersfield coaches are expecting big things out of him. “They are just super excited – they told me a bunch of times that they need a guy like me that can score and do other stuff from the guard spot and that there are minutes to be taken,” Kale said. Bakersfield head coach Keith Brown was quoted on the school’s website, gorunners.com, speaking about Kale. “Cody can play multiple positions and has a great feel and understanding of the game,” Brown said. “He’s a tremendous kid and a good student. He’s the total package. “Cody can score in a variety of ways and he is a really good passer. I think he can get on the floor and compete at a high level right away. Still, he has room to grow and will do so when he gets on the floor with Division I caliber players on a consistent basis.”