Chris Hernandez To Return To Stanford To Play Senior Season
June 20, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - Cardinal guard Chris Hernandez (Fresno, Calif.) has made the decision to formally withdraw from the 2005 NBA Draft and return to Stanford University for his senior season. Hernandez filed the formal paperwork announcing his decision with the NBA office on Friday.
'I'm happy to be returning to Stanford to play my senior year and get my masters degree in sociology,' said Hernandez. 'This spring was a great learning experience and I'm hoping the improvements I made will carry over into next season. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for their support during this time.'
'Although we are obviously pleased to have Chris back next season, we have always wanted what's best for him and have been supportive of him throughout this process,' head coach Trent Johnson said.
'Chris is coming back to a great environment at Stanford next year and will be able to be a part of what we feel could be a pretty good basketball team. We look forward to the strong leadership he will provide the team next season.'
Hernandez gained first team All Pac-10 honors last year for a second straight season. He averaged 15.2 points per game (#9 in the Pac-10), and was ranked in the conference top 10 in minutes played (34.8 mpg, #3), steals (1.73 spg, #4), assists (4.0 apg, #6), free throw percentage (.811, #6) and three-point field goal percentage (.404, #8).
Hernandez played 30 or more minutes in 27 of 30 games played, including a string of 15 straight games to end the season. He tallied a career-high 37 points in Stanford's 78-65 victory over UCLA which was the most points by a Stanford player since Casey Jacobsen scored 41 points against Oregon during the 2001-02 season.
Hernandez was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award for a second straight year, symbolic of the nation's best point-guard, and gained first team honors on the National Association of Basketball Association (NABC) District-14 team as well as to the Pac-10 All-Tournament team.
Stanford ended the 2004-05 season with an 18-13 record, an 11-7 mark in the Pac-10 (third place) and a school record eleventh straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.