Men's Basketball Welcomes Cal State Stanislaus For Tuesday Exhibition
Nov. 3, 2008
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Cal State Stanislaus Warriors
The Opening Tip
Stanford hosts Cal State Stanislaus on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the first of two exhibition contests this week. The Cardinal also battles Seattle Pacific on Saturday, Nov. 8, in a 7 p.m. tip-off. Cal State Stanislaus suffered a 78-59 defeat at Pacific on Sunday in an exhibition contest.
Stanford closed out the 2007-08 campaign at 28-8 overall. The 28 victories ranked third-best in school history, matching the 1941-42 squad that finished 28-4 en route to capturing the NCAA championship. Making its 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Stanford advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since an Elite Eight appearance in 2001. Picked to finish fifth in the conference preseason media poll, the Cardinal wrapped up the regular season in second place at 13-5.
This year's roster features nine letterwinners and three returning starters. Seniors Taj Finger, Peter Prowitt and Fred Washington graduated in June while sophomores Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez were both chosen in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft by New Jersey (No. 10) and Phoenix (No. 15), respectively.
A Look At The Seniors
The Cardinal will surely benefit from a four-member senior class that collectively ranks as one of the best in the conference. Three of the four seniors were regular starters from last year's squad. Guard Mitch Johnson (6.7 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 5.2 assists per game), guard Anthony Goods (10.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, team-best 64 three-pointers) and forward Lawrence Hill (8.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 74.6 percent from the foul line) will be counted on for the bulk of the club's production. Guard Kenny Brown (4.2 ppg, 24-61 three-pointers) opted to defer his admission to dental school at Baylor, so he will be returning for another season.
Roster Includes Four Walk-Ons
There are four walk-ons on this year's roster, including three post players that stand 6-9 or taller. The Cardinal will have some added depth in the frontcourt with Elliott Bullock (6-10, 220), Matei Daian (6-10, 220) and Jack Trotter (6-9, 200). All three are freshmen. A fourth walk-on, Emmanuel Igbinosa, was recently added to the roster. Igbinosa (6-2, 185) is a guard from Houston, Texas. Igbinosa has academic standing as a junior.
Johnson Named Bob Cousy Award Candidate
Mitch Johnson enjoyed an impressive season in 2007-08, earning All Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors while serving as one of the Cardinal's most consistent performers. Now Johnson is garnering national attention, as he has been selected as a candidate for this year's Bob Cousy Award. Finalists for the award will be announced on Feb. 1. The Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford is given to the top collegiate basketball point guard annually spanning across all divisions within the game by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The selection criteria emphasize leadership, team work, success and fundamentals as being critical parts for the game of basketball as a point guard. Last year's recipient was D.J. Augustin of Texas.
Added Experience On The Bench
Two of Dawkins' assistant coaches bring head coaching experience to the program. Associate head coach Dick Davey served as head coach for 15 of the 30 seasons he spent at Santa Clara while assistant coach Rodney Tention most recently served as the head coach at Loyola Marymount from 2006-08. Stanford's third assistant, Mike Schrage, was Dawkins' first hire and rounds out the coaching staff. Schrage previously spent the last nine seasons at Duke. Three members of Dawkins' support staff also possess assistant coaching experience. Jeff LaMere, an assistant coach at VCU from 2003-06, serves as the Assistant A.D./Director of Operations. Charles Payne, who has served as an assistant coach in stops at California and Florida International, is the program's Director of Student-Athlete Development/External Relations. Mark Sembrowich, who has assistant coach experience at Yale and Army, is the Academic/Recruiting Coordinator.
Quick Glance At The Schedule
One year after establishing a program record for home victories (16) in a season, the Cardinal will play 17 games at home. In fact, the Cardinal will play seven of its first 10 contests at home before kicking off league play against Arizona State on Jan. 2. Four of those home games include visits from Air Force (Nov. 26), Colorado (Nov. 29), Northwestern (Dec. 20) and Texas Tech (Dec. 28)- signaling the first time in program history that at least one team from the Big Ten, Big 12 and Mountain West will play at Maples Pavilion in the same season. Stanford once again faces a difficult Pac-10 schedule, as the league placed nine teams in the postseason last year. Stanford opens up at Yale on Nov. 14, representing the first time the Cardinal has opened the season on the road since an 81-66 victory at New Mexico back on Nov. 17, 2001.