Dan Grunfeld Suffers Season Ending Knee Injury
Feb. 12, 2005
Stanford, Ca - Dan Grunfeld, Stanford's leading scorer at 17.9 ppg, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during second half action of Stanford's 71-56 victory over California on Saturday at Maples Pavilion. Grunfeld will miss the remainder of the 2004-05 season.
Grunfeld was helped to the locker room with 15:16 remaining, favoring his right knee after falling awkwardly when his layup attempt was blocked by Cal's Richard Midgley.
An MRI was performed at Stanford Hospital late Saturday afternoon, and the examination determined the injury. Surgery will have to be performed, but no date has been set.
Grunfeld finished the year as Stanford's leading scorer at 17.9 ppg and as the team's third-leading rebounder at 5.5 per game. Grunfeld averaged 3.4 ppg last year, and his improvement by +14.3 ppg is the best by a Division I player this year. Grunfeld's one-year improvement also is the best by a Stanford athlete since team and individual records were kept starting in the 1951-52 season.
Grunfeld scored 20 or more points in eight games and double-digits in points of 20 of 22 games. Grunfeld scored a career-high 29 points (10-for-12 from the floor, 3-for-3 from behind the arc) in Stanford's 87-76 victory over nationally-ranked Arizona.
Grunfeld shot 50 percent (140-280) from the floor, and ranked in the Top 10 in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.431). Grunfeld hit at least one three-pointer in 17 of 22 games. His 28 three-pointers were second-best on the team.
Grunfeld was second on the Cardinal in minutes played per game (33.0 mpg).
Grunfeld was recently named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his 45 points and eleven rebounds in Cardinal wins at UCLA and at USC.
'It was hard to see him hurt because we're a close team, but we have to move on,' said Stanford head coach Trent Johnson. ' This team is down for the moment because of how much we like Dan (Grunfeld). But we'll practice tomorrow and we'll make some plays down the stretch. Dan (Grunfeld) is resilient and tough, a great player to watch. That's what makes it hard for me. We will move on. We'll come back tomorrow, we'll be enthusiastic, and we'll practice.'