Julius Barnes Wins Hank Luisetti MVP
April 14, 2003
Stanford, Ca - Julius Barnes, who helped lead Stanford to a 24-9 record and anappearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, was named winner of the Hank Luisetti MVP award at the team's annual banquet Sunday night.
Barnes led the Cardinal in several categories, including scoring (16.0 ppg), assists (3.94 apg), minutes played (35.1 mpg) and free throw percentage (.816). For his efforts, Barnes was named first team All Pacific-10.
Barnes played in 119 games at Stanford, and ended his four-year career with 1,053 points, the 32nd player in school history to score 1,000 or more points in a career.
During the 2002-03 season, Barnes set a school record with 226 three-pointers, and tied a school record with eight three-pointers against Rice.
Barnes will graduate from Stanford in June, 2003, with a degree in Sociology.
Josh Childress won the Howie Dallmar Coaches Award. Childress, a sophomore, emerged as one of the team leaders in scoring (14.1 ppg, #2 on the Cardinal) and rebounding (8.1 rpg, #1 on the Cardinal). Childress also led the team in blocks with 46.
Nick Robinson was named Best Defensive Player. Robinson, who started eleven games, was one of the team's leading rebounders at 4.2 per game.
The Most Improved Player went to Justin Davis and Matt Lottich. Davis increased his scoring average from 4.6 points last year to 10.3 points per game this year. Davis was Stanford's fourth-best rebounder at 7.8 per game. Lottich moved into the starting lineup this year, and averaged 11.4 ppg. Lottich, along with Barnes, led the team inthree-pointers (79). Lottich also won the Roy Young Toughness Award.
Tunde Sobomehin, who served as team manager for two years, was named MostInspirational Player. Through hard work, dedication and determination, Sobomehin earned a spot on the Cardinal varsity in 2002-03.
Barnes, Davis and Joe Kirchofer were named tri-captains for the 2002-03 season.