Originally Posted by jyamada
When Ransom was a sophomore in high school, he teamed with Ruppert Jones in the backcourt for Berkeley High to create one of the best guard tandems in Bay Area history, at least most exciting anyway. Ransom went to the wrong college...should have gone to a running, fast break type team. His talents were very underutilized at Cal.....I can remember great pass after great pass bouncing off of teammates' hands (Schneiderjohn), heads and chests. Ransom was born a decade too early, otherwise I think he would have had a nice career in the NBA a la Spud Webb or Bogues.
The younger guys probably aren't even reading this part of the thread, but, to give people an idea of Gene Ransom's game, think Jerome Randle, perhaps not quite as quick/fast, but naturally about 10-15 lbs. heavier (and it was all muscle).
Their height is about the same, as is/was what they did on the court. Ransom, while at Cal, never had a season like Randle's senior year, but I think he could have, if he were surrounded by the right players.
Ransom, a three sport star at Berkeley High, was one of the better prep athletes to come out of the Bay Area.