A.J. Diggs
A.J. Diggs

Player Profile

Long Beach, CA

High School:
Long Beach Poly

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 175




The most veteran member of Cal's backcourt, Diggs brings experience and defensive intensity to the point guard position ... a former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship prior to his junior year ... despite playing as a reserve most of his career, poised to move into Cal's all-time Top 10 list in steals, as he enters the season with 120, just one behind No. 10 Doug True (120, 1977-80) ... led the Bears in steals the last two years, with 47 in 2002 and 57 in '03 ... 2002-03 ... named the preseason Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year by Athlon magazine ... lived up to that billing at Cleveland State when he tied Jason Kidd's school record with eight steals, including five in the last two minutes of regulation and the overtime session (Kidd had eight steals vs. Washington on Jan. 28, 1993) ... also had six steals in Cal's NCAA Tournament win over North Carolina State - a school postseason record ... added five steals vs. UC Santa Barbara and four at both New Mexico and Arizona State ... started the first nine games of the season before ceding his spot in the lineup to Richard Midgley at the start of Pac-10 play ... tallied 10 points vs. UCSB and added nine points (1-4 FG, 7-9 FT) vs. Oregon ... had eight points at Stanford ... set career highs with seven rebounds and five assists vs. Howard ... matched the assist total with five against Kansas ... his one and only career block came against 6-6 Jamaal Williams of New Mexico ... had only 39 turnovers despite playing point guard and averaging more than 20 minutes per game ... sat out the March 14 USC game with a sprained left ankle ... 2001-02 ... saw action in all 32 games, including six starts ... swiped a Golden Bear Classic record six steals in only 11 minutes vs. Harvard Dec. 28 ... also picked off three steals in both games against Oregon State ... earned the first of five consecutive starts at OSU Jan. 12, finishing with four points and three rebounds, in addition to the three steals ... had four steals in 17 minutes vs. UCLA at home ... scored 12 points against Washington State Jan. 19 and followed that up with eight points in a victory at USC Jan. 24 ... played one of his best games vs. Stanford in Berkeley, ending with five points and five rebounds ... started in place of an injured Shantay Legans against USC Feb. 23 and responded with 12 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in leading the Bears to an 83-64 victory ... had four assists, no turnovers and three steals vs. Penn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... co-recipient of Cal's Best Defensive Player award ... 2000-01 ... did not play in the first two games of the year, then gained his initial playing time at Saint Louis Nov. 29 ... played well in his next outing at UC Irvine when he scored three points and grabbed five rebounds in 13 minutes ... had a strong game vs. Albany Dec. 11 with two points, two steals, three assists and six rebounds ... played a season-high 15 minutes against Yale in the first round of the Golden Bear Classic ... helped spark Cal's win at Washington Jan. 27 with four points in 11 minutes ... tallied a best of five points to go with three steals vs. USC Feb. 3 ... figured heavily in road wins over Oregon State and Oregon the next week, grabbing three steals at OSU and scoring two points with an assist, a steal and no turnovers in 12 minutes against the Ducks ... played at least nine minutes in six of Cal's last nine regular-season games, including 14 minutes at Oregon State and vs. Stanford.

High School: Diggs was a three-time all-league performer at Long Beach Poly HS ... averaged 11 ppg, 5 apg, 4 spg as a senior ... led his team to the 2000 CIF title ... as a junior, named All-CIF after averaging 16 ppg, 8 apg and 6 spg ... Long Beach Poly set a school record for victories that season with a 29-3 mark ... voted his team's Defensive MVP in both 1999 and 2000 ... member of the Principal's Honor Roll.

Personal: Austin Joseph Diggs ... born June 17, 1982 in Long Beach, CA ... mother is Sharon Jackson and father is Shelton Diggs ... father played wide receiver at USC (1973-76) and for the New York Jets (1977) ... sociology major.

According to Coach Braun ...
"A.J. is one of the best on-ball defensive players I have ever coached. He makes life very difficult for opposing point guards. His understanding of the game, especially on the defensive end, is exceptional. His leadership will be a big key for us this year."

Career Highs
Points: 12 twice, last vs. USC Feb. 23, 2002
Rebounds: 7 vs. Howard Dec. 3, 2002
Assists: 5 twice, last vs. Kansas Dec. 28, 2002
Blocks: 1 at New Mexico Nov. 23, 2002
Steals: 8 at Cleveland State Nov. 30, 2002

Career Statistics

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