Dan Grunfeld, Chris Hernandez, Nick Robinson Gain Academic Honors
Feb. 21, 2005
Wheaton, Il - Not only have Stanford basketball players enjoyed success on the court, but they are also successful in the classroom.
Grunfeld carries a 3.66 gpa in American Studies; Hernandez holds a 3.20 gpa in Sociology while Robinson holds a 3.41 gpa in Political Science. Also named to the first team were Christian Maraker of Pacific, who has a 3.46 gpa in Sports Science, and Brett Cox of Weber State, who holds a 3.94 gpa in English.
All five athletes will now be placed on the national Academic All-American ballot. The Academic All-American University Division Men's Basketball Team will be announced on March 2.
2004-05 ALL-DISTRICT VIII ESPN THE MAGAZINE UNIVERSITY DIVISION MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
Brett Cox, Weber State University, Junior, Mesa, Arizona, 3.94 gpa, English major
Team record 10-14...Started 19/23 games at guard...Averages 7.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.7 steals, in 27.3 min/game...Is ninth in the Big Sky Conference in three-point field goal percentage and is 12th in the conference in three-pointers made per game (1.5 per game)...First Team All-Big Sky Academic Team in 2003-04...Earned a 4.00 GPA during the 2004 fall semester...Leads the team in three-point shooting...Came to Weber State as a walk-on in 2003-04 and has ended up earning a scholarship...Mesa, Ariz.
Dan Grunfeld, Stanford University, Junior, River Hills, Wis., 3.66 gpa, American Studies major
Team record 15-9...Started 22/22 games at guard...Averaged 17.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks in 33.0 min/game...FG% .500, 3FG% .431 (28-65), FT% .748...Is out for the remainder of the year with a knee injury suffered against Cal on 2/12...Stanford's leading scorer and the third leading scorer in the Pac-10...His improvement of 14.5 points per game this year from last year's average of 3.4 PPG is the best improvement by a Division I player this year...Scored 20 or more points in eight games and recorded double-digit point totals in 20 of 22 games...Named the Pac-10 'Player of the Week' for his combined 45 points and 11 rebounds in wins at UCLA and USC...Scored a career-high 29 points in an 87-76 victory over nationally-ranked Arizona...First Team All Pac-10 Academic last year...River Hills, Wisc.
Chris Hernandez, Stanford University, Junior, Fresno, Calif. 3.20 gpa, Sociology major
Team record 15-9...Has started 23/23games at guard...Averages 14.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals, in 33.8 min/game...FG% .463, 3FG% .441 (49-111), FT% .783...Pac-10 Player of the Year candidate ... Is Stanford's second-leading scorer and the ninth-leading scorer in the Pac-10...Is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, symbolic of the nation's best point guard...A pre-season John Wooden All-American...Team co-captain...His 33.8 minutes per game leads Stanford and is fourth in the Pac-10...Scored a career-high 37 points in Stanford's 78-65 victory over UCLA ... Scored 30 points in the season opener vs. USF...Team leader in three-pointers (49)...His 44.1% 3FG percentage is fourth in the Pac-10...His average of 1.6 steals per game is third-best in the Pac-10...First Team All Pac-10 last year...Second Team All Pac-10 Academic last season...Fresno, Calif.
Christian Maraker, Pacific, Senior, Varberg, Sweden, 3.46 gpa, Sport Sciences major
Team record 22-2...Started 23/23 games at forward...Averages 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks in 29.5 minutes per game...FG% .539, 3FG% .400 (18-44), FT% .818...Leads Pacific in scoring and is second in rebounding...Has led Pacific to a 16-game winning streak, the program's best-ever start to a season (21-2), and the program's first-ever AP ranking (currently #19)...Has five games this year with 20 or more points and also has recorded two double-doubles...Has reached double figures in scoring and had nine rebounds on six occasions...Was selected as a College Insider.com pre-season and mid-season 'Mid-Major All-American'...Was named Big West 'Player of the Week' on Jan. 3...All-Big West First Team selection as a sophomore in 2003-04...Varberg, Sweden.
Nick Robinson, Stanford University, Senior, Liberty, Mo., 3.41 gpa Political Science major
Team record 15-9...Has started 24/24 games at forward and guard...Averages 7.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.3 blocks in 32.4 min/game...Is in his second season as a starter...First on the team in steals and is ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in that category...Scored a season-high 17 points at Arizona State...His average of 32.4 minutes per game is ninth in the Pac-10...Team co-captain...Named All-Pac-10 Academic First Team the past two years...Liberty, Mo.