Brook Lopez Named Third Team AP All-American
March 31, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- Sophomore Brook Lopez was named a third team All-American selection by the Associated Press earlier this afternoon, adding to his lengthy list of honors during the 2007-08 campaign.
Lopez is the first Cardinal to earn All-America recognition since Josh Childress was recognized by multiple organizations in 2004, including first team AP honors.
An All-Pac-10 first team honoree, Lopez was also selected as an all-district performer by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) in District IX. In 27 games this year, Lopez averaged 19.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting 46.8-percent from the field and 78.9-percent from the foul line. He notched nine double-doubles, scored in double-figures 25 times and led the Cardinal in scoring on 20 different occasions.
In two seasons on The Farm, Lopez has averaged 16.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while tallying 101 blocked shots and shooting 48.0-percent from the field in 53 games. He has scored in double-figures in 41 of those contests and established a career-best of 31 points at Washington earlier this year.
2007-08 Associated Press All-America Teams
First TeamD.J. Augustin, Texas
Michael Beasley, Kansas State
Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina
Kevin Love, UCLA
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
Shan Foster, Vanderbilt
D.J. White, Indiana
Roy Hibbert, Georgetown
Stephen Curry, Davidson
Chris Lofton, Tennessee
Darren Collison, UCLA
Brook Lopez, Stanford
Derrick Rose, Memphis
Eric Gordon, Indiana
Meanwhile, head coach Trent Johnson has been named one of five finalists for the Clair Bee Award, the latest honor achieved after guiding Stanford to one of the best seasons in school history. In addition to earning Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors, Johnson was also announced as one of 10 finalists for the inaugural Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award.
The Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award honors a Division I men's basketball coach who through his actions on and off the court, makes an outstanding contribution to the sport of college basketball. The criteria for this award involves actions that inspire, motivate, coach and educate their teams to achieve their fullest potential and demonstrate outstanding character.
Johnson, 80-48 in four seasons at the helm of the Cardinal, directed Stanford to its best season during his tenure and best since a 30-2 finish in 2003-04. This year's squad posted a 28-8 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001. Picked to finish fifth in the conference preseason media poll, the Cardinal wrapped up the regular season in second place at 13-5 overall. Under Johnson's guidance, Stanford established a record for most home wins (16) in a single season and was also a fixture in the national rankings all season, owning a spot in the top-10 of both polls for five consecutive weeks late in the year.
Joining Johnson as Clair Bee Award finalists are Mark Few (Gonzaga), Ernie Kent (Oregon), Bob McKillop (Davidson) and Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State).