Getting To Know The Walk-Ons

Dec. 22, 2008

STANFORD, Calif.- In addition to true freshmen Jeremy Green and Jarrett Mann, this year's roster features four walk-ons, giving the Cardinal a total of six newcomers to go along with three senior starters.

Among the group of walk-ons, there are three freshmen post players that stand 6-9 or taller: Elliott Bullock (6-10, 220), Matei Daian (6-10, 220) and Jack Trotter (6-9, 200). A fourth walk-on, guard Emmanuel Igbinosa (6-2, 185), has academic standing as a junior.

All four players are focused on learning the Cardinal's offensive and defensive systems and should earn additional playing time as they continue to adjust to Division 1 competition.

Recently, had a chance to catch up with the four walk-ons.

(51) Elliott Bullock
Freshman - 6-10 - 220
Salt Lake City, UT (Olympus HS)
Bullock has participated in five games off the bench so far this year. He has scored three points in two different games, with his best effort coming in a three-point, four-rebound effort against Colorado on Nov. 29. He is 4-6 from the foul line.

  • Favorite class: Intro To Nutrition
  • Someone to play me in a movie: Matt Damon
  • Favorite NBA player: Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Celebrity crush: Carrie Underwood
  • Best meal I can prepare: steak and baked potato
  • You might be surprised to know I: like to read, pizza is my favorite food, like to mountain bike.

    (52) Matei Daian
    Freshman - 6-10 - 220
    Bucharest, Romania (Saint Sava Secondary School)
    Daian has yet to appear in a game so far this year.

  • Favorite class: Economics 102A
  • Dream job besides basketball: Economist
  • Favorite NBA player: Pau Gasol
  • Celebrity crush: Rihanna
  • Greatest achievement outside of sports: being a student at Stanford
  • You might be surprised to know I: like school, miss my family, think my bed is uncomfortable.

    (13) Emmanuel Igbinosa
    Junior - 6-2 - 185
    Houston, TX (Bellaire HS)
    Igbinosa has yet to appear in a game so far this year.

  • Favorite class: Organization and Management Theory
  • Dream job besides basketball: owning my own company
  • Favorite NBA player: Vince Carter
  • Role models: my mother and some of my teachers
  • Greatest achievement outside of sports: getting into Stanford, academic scholarships
  • You might be surprised to know I: am a middle child, am an amateur video-maker.

    (50) Jack Trotter
    Freshman - 6-9 - 200
    Moraga, CA (Campolindo HS)
    Trotter has competed in four games as a reserve. In his first career game at Yale on Nov. 14, he sank two key free throws late in the second half that helped Stanford hold off a late charge. He scored his first career bucket against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 18 and grabbed four rebounds against Air Force on Nov. 26.

  • Favorite class: History
  • Dream job besides basketball: sports anchor
  • Favorite NBA player: Michael Jordan
  • Favorite movie: The Dark Knight
  • Pregame meal: pasta, salad and meat
  • You might be surprised to know I: drive a compact car, read for fun and really wanted to play soccer but it's the same season as basketball.
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