One of the best players to have ever graced the Cal basketball court is no longer with us.
Gene Ransom, an absolute legend in his day, was reportedly gunned down on the freeway.
Ransom was 65 years old.
The initial reports of Ransom’s “accident” were made after his car crashed into a guardrail on I-880 around 5:00 p.m Friday.
Upon investigation, it became quite apparent this was no accident.
The California Highway Patrol quickly realized that Ransom had been shot.
Police were able to track down the shooter and take him into custody.
Juan Angel Garcia was arrested around 10:00 a.m. Saturday.
Police are still trying to learn more about the motive behind the shooting…
— Juliette Goodrich (@JulietteKPIX) February 6, 2022
Ransom was a point guard for Cal in the 1970s.
Back then, scoring 30 in a game was a big deal, and he did it multiple times.
He was the assist leader for the team in all three seasons he played.
His most memorable moment, however, was logging 63.5 minutes in a 5-OT game against Oregon.
Former teammate Ruppert Jones stated, “He did things at his size that other guys couldn’t do.
“He was able to compete with players much larger than him because had the ability to create space.
“He was a great ballhandler, he could shoot and he was fearless.”
He was indeed… rest in peace.
Source: New York Post