BERKELEY, Calif. — Robert Thurman always figured he'd be big. His mom is a retired Marine staff sergeant who stands 6 feet tall, while his father is a 7-foot former bodybuilder who weighed 400 pounds in his prime.
Thurman's frame is largely what landed him a roster spot for Pac-12 contender California.
In a matter of weeks, the 6-foot-10 Thurman has moved from way down the bench to being right in the mix for the Golden Bears.
The former walk-on arrived at Cal three years ago fully expecting to wind up as a practice player, a fun side gig while getting a top-notch education.
He sat out his first year after transferring from Division III Norwich University in Vermont, then tried out last season and made the team.