Former Cal men’s basketball player Brandon Chauca speaks on dismissal from team

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Former Cal men’s basketball player Brandon Chauca published a blog post Wednesday recounting his side of the events that surrounded his dismissal from the team.

In the blog post, Chauca described the conversation with head coach Wyking Jones that led to his release from the team, as well as reflections on his time with the program.

Chauca was dismissed from the team in June 2017, but he retained his scholarship and financial aid through the completion of his degree. Chauca will graduate from UC Berkeley on Saturday.

In a statement made to The Daily Californian, Cal Athletics said Chauca was dismissed from the men’s basketball program for “a violation of team and university policies.”

“We did not initially disclose the reason for Brandon leaving the team in order to protect his privacy,” Cal Athletics said in the statement. “The reasons for dismissal were clearly communicated to him.”

Chauca, however, alleged in his post that he was given three main reasons from Jones for his dismissal. The first reason, Chauca alleged, was a lack of respect between himself and Jones. The second was an incident in which Chauca brought two women as guests to an end-of-the-year basketball banquet — a matter that Jones allegedly called “extremely disrespectful,” according to Chauca. The third reason was that Jones felt Chauca “would not play that much” during the 2017-18 season.

During his freshman campaign, Chauca saw action in 22 games, averaged 9.5 minutes per game and shot 19 of 47 from the field and 12 of 31 from the three. His time on the court drastically diminished in his sophomore year, and, in his junior season, he was sidelined by a broken wrist.

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