Brook Lopez Earns All-Pac-10 First Team Honors; Trent Johnson Named Coach of the Year

March 10, 2008

STANFORD, Calif.- Sophomore forward Brook Lopez earned a spot on the five-member All Pac-10 First Team while Trent Johnson was named Coach of the Year, as Stanford was well-represented among the 2007-08 Pac-10 men's basketball award winners announced Monday.

Junior guard Anthony Goods, junior guard Mitch Johnson and sophomore center Robin Lopez all received Honorable Mention recognition, giving the Cardinal four all-league selections for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign. For the first time since 1986, an All-Defensive Team was picked. Robin Lopez earned a spot on the five-member squad while Brook Lopez and senior Fred Washington received Honorable Mention accolades.

Johnson is the third Stanford coach to be named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, joining Dick DiBiaso (1976) and four-time winner Mike Montgomery (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004).

Brook Lopez has been Stanford's primary scoring threat since returning to competition on Dec. 17. Lopez, who has played in 21 games and made 19 starts, is leading the Cardinal in scoring (18.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.2 rpg) while shooting 47.8-percent from the field and 77.4-percent from the foul line. Lopez, who poured in a career-best 31 points against Washington on Jan. 31, has scored in double-figures in 16 consecutive games and 20 overall. He has recorded six double-doubles on the year while leading the Cardinal in scoring 15 times.

Goods has played in 29 games and made 25 starts, ranking second on the squad in scoring at 10.8 points per game. His 56 three-pointers are a team-best and his 52 assists rank third on the squad. Goods has scored in double-figures 16 times this year, including a season-best 23 points in a win against UC Santa Barbara back on Nov. 11.

One of the Cardinal's most consistent performers this season, Mitch Johnson has played in every game and made 29 starts. He has established career-highs in minutes played (30.8), scoring (6.7 ppg), rebounding (4.1 rpg) and field-goal percentage (44.5). Johnson is best known for providing his teammates with scoring chances, as evidenced by a career-best 4.7 assists per game clip. Johnson's 140 assists lead the Pac-10 and bring his career total to 341, ranking eighth-best all-time in school history. Johnson has scored in double-figures six times, poured in a career-best 16 points in a win at California on Jan. 26 and dished out at least five assists in a game on 14 different occasions.

Robin Lopez has developed into a tremendous rebounder and intimidating defensive presence. Lopez is averaging 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while connecting at a 52.3-percent rate from the field. One year after establishing the freshman single-season record for blocked shots (73), Lopez has tallied a team-high 66 swats this year and now ranks third all-time in the Cardinal record books with 139. Lopez has scored in double-figures in seven straight games and 14 overall, including a career-high 24-point performance against Yale on Nov. 20 that featured 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Often given the assignment of guarding the opposition's best player, Washington has excelled on the defensive end to anchor a Cardinal defense that is limiting opponents to just 60.0 points per game and 39.5-percent shooting from the field. Washington has played in all but one game and is averaging 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest while ranking second on the club with 68 assists.

Trent Johnson, who has posted a 76-46 record in four seasons at the helm, has directed Stanford to its best season during his tenure and best since a 30-2 finish in 2003-04. Picked to finish fifth in the conference preseason media poll, the Cardinal wrapped up the regular season in second place at 13-5 overall. The Cardinal (24-6) needs just one more victory to achieve its ninth 25-win season in program history and has posted two different seven-game winning streaks while establishing a record for most home wins (16) in a single season. Johnson's squad has also been a fixture in the national rankings all season long, owning a spot in the top-10 of both polls for five consecutive weeks late in the year.


Player of the Year: Kevin Love (UCLA)
Freshman of the Year: Kevin Love (UCLA)
Defensive Player of the Year: Russell Westbrook (UCLA)
Coach of the Year: Trent Johnson (Stanford)

All Pac-10 First Team
Ryan Anderson (California), F, So.)
James Harden (Arizona State), G, Fr.)
Brook Lopez (Stanford), F, So.)
Kevin Love (UCLA), C, Fr.)
O.J. Mayo (USC), G, Fr.)

All Pac-10 Second Team
Jerryd Bayless (Arizona), G, Fr.)
Jon Brockman (Washington), F, Jr.)
Darren Collison (UCLA), G, Jr.)
Maarty Leunen (Oregon), F, Sr.)
Kyle Weaver (Washington State), G, Sr.)

All Pac-10 Third Team
Chase Budinger (Arizona), F, So.)
Taj Gibson (USC), F, So.)
Derrick Low (Washington State), G, Jr.)
Jeff Pendergraph (Arizona State), F, Jr.)
Russell Westbrook (UCLA), G, So.)
Honorable Mention: Aron Baynes (Washington State), Patrick Christopher (California), Anthony Goods (Stanford), Malik Hariston (Oregon), Jordan Hill (Arizona), Davon Jefferson (USC), Mitch Johnson (Stanford), Robin Lopez (Stanford), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA), Josh Shipp (UCLA).

All Pac-10 Freshman Team
Jerryd Bayless (Arizona), G, Fr.)
James Harden (Arizona State), G, Fr.)
Davon Jefferson (USC), F, Fr.)
Kevin Love (UCLA), C, Fr.)
O.J. Mayo (USC), G, Fr.)
Honorable Mention: Ty Abbott (Arizona State), Angelo Johnson (USC), Harper Kemp (California), Vernoy Overton (Washington).

All Pac-10 Defensive Team
Darren Collison (UCLA), G, Jr.)
Taj Gibson (USC), F, So.)
Robin Lopez (Stanford), C, So.)
Kyle Weaver (Washington State), G, Sr.)
Russell Westbrook (UCLA), G, So.)
Honorable Mention: Jon Brockman (Washington), Robbie Cowgill (Washington State), Jordan Hill (Arizona), Brook Lopez (Stanford), Kevin Love (UCLA), O.J. Mayo (USC), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA), Jawann McClellan (Arizona), Fred Washington (Stanford).

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