Dan Grunfeld, Chris Hernandez Named To All Pac-10 First Team
March 7, 2005
Walnut Creek, Ca - Dan Grunfeld and Chris Hernandez, who have both helped Stanford's basketball team to another winning season, have been named to the ten-member 2004-05 Pacific-10 Conference First Team.
For Hernandez, it was his second straight selection to the all-conference team which is voted on by the league's ten coaches.
'I am very honored to be a part of such a talented group of players,' said Hernandez, who is averaging 15.1 points (#8 in the Pac-10), 4.0 assists (#6 in the Pac-10) and 1.67 steals per game (#4 in the league). 'It is always nice to be recognized.'
Hernandez has been the ironhorse for the Cardinal this year. Hernandez is averaging nearly 35 minutes per game, #3 in the conference. Hernandez has played 30 or more minutes in 24 of 27 games played, including a current streak of 12 straight games.
Hernandez, a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (symbolic of the nation's best point guard), recently scored a career-high 37 points in Stanford's 78-65 victory over UCLA. Hernandez started the year with a 30 point effort against USF at the Pete Newell Challenge.
Hernandez also was recently named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District-14 first team along with Grunfeld.
Hernandez also is an outstanding student. Hernandez was named to the 2005 District-8 ESPN The Magazine University Division All-Academic first team. Hernandez carries a 3.20 gpa in Sociology.
Grunfeld was enjoying his best season as a Cardinal before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the second half against California (2/12/05). Grunfeld 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. Earlier this year, Grunfeld scored a career-high 29 points in Stanford's 87-76 victory over nationally-ranked Arizona.
'I am honored to be a part of a talented group of players,' said Grunfeld.
Like Hernandez, Grunfeld is an outstanding student. Grunfeld was named a 2005 ESPN The Magazine University Division Second Team All-American Academic selection. Grunfeld holds a 3.66 gpa in American Studies.
Also named to the All Pac-10 team were Ike Diogu of Arizona State, Channing Frye and Salim Stoudamire of Arizona, Thomas Kelati of Washington State, David Lucas of Oregon State, Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons of Washington, and Dijon Thompson of UCLA. Diogu was named Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Matt Haryasz, a Stanford junior forward who is averaging 12.3 points and nine rebounds per game (#2 in the Pac-10), was named Honorable Mention All Pac-10. Haryasz has grabbed ten or more rebounds in 12 games, and has nine double-doubles (points-rebounds). Haryasz has been Stanford's top rebounder in 21 of 28 games.
Also named Honorable Mention were Hassan Adams of Arizona, Aaron Brooks of Oregon, Will Conroy and Brandon Roy of Washington, Nick DeWitz of Oregon State and Jordan Farmar of UCLA.
Farmar was also named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team along with Arron Afflalo of UCLA, Malik Hairston and Bryce Taylor of Oregon and Gabe Pruitt of USC. Named Honorable Mention were Robbie Cowgill and Derrick Low of Washington State, Sasa Cuic of Oregon State, Josh Shipp of UCLA, Joel Smith of Washington and Nick Young of USC.
Lorenzo Romar, head coach of the Washington Huskies, was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.