Dan Grunfeld, Chris Hernandez Named to NABC District-14 First Team
Feb. 22, 2005
Overland Park, Ks - Dan Grunfeld and Chris Hernandez, two Stanford basketball players who have helped the Cardinal to another winning season, have been rewarded for their efforts by being named to the 2005 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I District-14 first team.
Grunfeld and Hernandez were named first team along with Nate Robinson of Washington, and Ronny Turiaf and Adam Morrison of Gonzaga.
Grunfeld averaged 17.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game before a knee injury ended his 2005 season. Hernandez, who scored a career-high 37 points in his last game against UCLA, is averaging 14.9 ppg and 4.1 apg.
A total of 150 student-athletes, from 15 districts, were selected and voted by member coaches of the NABC. Those 150 student-athletes are now eligible for the NABC Division I All-American team to be announced at the conclusion of the 2004-05 season.
#20 Dan Grunfeld, 6-6, 215, Junior, Guard/Forward, River Hills, Wi
Was enjoying his best season as a Cardinal until tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during second half against California (2/12/05) ... Had gone from a 3.4 ppg average last year to the team's leading scorer this year (17.9 ppg, #4 in the Pac-10), the biggest jump by a Division I player this year ... Named to the five-man National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District-14 first team along with teammate Chris Hernandez ... Named a District-8 ESPN The Magazine University Division First Team All-Academic selection ... Carries a 3.66 gpa in American Studies., Scored 20 or more points in eight games and double-digits in points in 20 of 22 games ... Scored a career-high 29 points (10-for-12 from the floor, 3-for-3 from behind arc) in Stanford's 87-76 victory over nationally-ranked Arizona (1/8/05) ... Scored 26 points (8-for-11 from the floor, 9-for-9 from three throw line) at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Paced the Cardinal attack with 25 points (8-for-13 from the floor, 7-for-7 from the free throw line) along with seven rebounds in Stanford's 75-64 victory at UCLA (1/20/05) ... Fired home 24 points along with five rebounds against Arizona State (1/6/05) ... Shot .500 from the floor, second-best on the Cardinal ... Shot 50 percent or better in eleven games ... In his last two games (Arizona, California) before his season ending knee injury against California (2/12/05), hit 14-of-26 shots for .538 ... Stanford's third-leading rebounder (5.5 rpg, #15 in the Pac-10) ... Recorded a career-high eleven boards in the season opener against USF (11/19/04) ... Added ten rebounds at Denver (12/13/04) ... Averaged 33.0 minutes per game, #6 in the Pac-10 ... Played 30 or more minutes in 19 of 22 games ... Second on the team in three-pointers (28) ... Hit .431 from behind the arc, sixth-best in the Pac-10 ... Hit at least one three-pointer in 17 of 22 games ... In his last three games, hit 5-of-8 shots from the behind the arc for .625 ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his 45 points and eleven rebounds in Cardinal wins at UCLA (1/20/05, 75-64) and at USC (1/22/05, 78-70) ... Dished out a career-high six assists against Oregon State (1/27/05).
#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Guard, Fresno, Ca
A Pac-10 Player of the Year candidate ... A finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, symbolic of the nation's best point-guard ... Named a District-8 ESPN The Magazine University Division First Team All-Academic selection ... Carries a 3.20 in Sociology ... Named to the five-man National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District-14 first team along with teammate Dan Grunfeld ... A pre-season John Wooden All-America candidate ... ... A co-captain along with Nick Robinson ... In his second season as the starter at point-guard ... The team leader in minutes played (33.8 mpg, #5 in the Pac-10) ... Has played 30 or more minutes in 20 games, including a current string of eight straight games ... Stanford's second-leading scorer (14.9 ppg, #9 in the Pac-10) ... Tallied a career-high 37 points in Stanford's 78-65 victory over UCLA (2/20/05) ... That was the most number of points by a Stanford player since Casey Jacobsen scored 41 points against Oregon during the 2001-02 season ... Started the year with 30 points (6-for-9 from the floor, 17-for-18 from the free throw line) against USF (11/19/04) ... Helped lead Stanford to victory over nationally-ranked Arizona (1/8/05) with 23 points, a career-high six steals and four assists ... Scored 23 points and made six free throws in the final 21 seconds in Stanford's 69-65 victory vs Oregon State (1/27/05) ... Averaging 4.1 apg (#7 in the Pac-10) ... Dished out a season-high seven assists at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... The team leader in three-pointers made (49) ... Hit 5-of-7 three point attempts at California (1/15/05) ... Hitting .441 (49-for-111) from behind the arc, fifth-best in the Pac-10 ... In the last eleven games, has hit 29-of-58 shots from three-point range for .500 ... Averaging 1.61 steals per game, fourth-best in the Pac-10 ... Collected five steals at USC (1/22/05).
NABC District-14 Second Team
John Cox, USF
Dan Kickert, St. Mary's
David Lucas, Oregon State
Christian Maraker, Pacific
Tre Simmons, Washington