Getting To Know The Sophomores
Jan. 24, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.- After averaging just 5.8 minutes of playing time last year, Josh Owens has emerged as a force for the Cardinal in the paint. Following redshirt seasons in 2007-08, Da'Veed Dildy and Will Paul have provided much-needed depth in the backcourt and frontcourt, respectively, for the Cardinal this year.
Recently, www.gostanford.com had a chance to catch up with the three sophomores.
(32) Da'Veed Dildy
Guard - 6-4 - 185
Chicago, IL (Martin Luther King HS)
Dildy has appeared in 10 games as a reserve this year for the Cardinal. In 3.9 minutes of playing time per game, Dildy is 3-6 from the field while grabbing seven boards and scoring six points. During Stanford's 77-55 win over Oregon on Jan. 22, Dildy came off the bench and scored four points while hauling down two rebounds in a season-best 10 minutes of playing time. He scored his first bucket since 2006 with a lay-up against Texas Tech back on Dec. 28, also grabbing three rebounds.
(24) Josh Owens
Forward/Center - 6-8 - 215
Kennesaw, GA (Exeter Academy)
After seeing limited minutes last year, Owens has transitioned to the starting lineup this season as the Cardinal's primary post option. And he has been productive, establishing career-highs in almost every category while averaging 9.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 13 starts. Led by a career-high 21-point effort against Colorado back on Nov. 29, Owens has scored in double-figures seven times while leading the Cardinal in rebounding on three different occasions. He has made 55.3 percent from the field, tallied 14 blocks and connected on his first 15 free throw tries to begin the year.
(34) Will Paul
Forward - 6-10 - 250
Corpus Christi, TX (Calallen HS)
Paul is showing signs of becoming more comfortable in the Cardinal's system following a redshirt season last year. After missing the first four games of the season, Paul has proven to be an effective post option off the bench and has been rewarded with three consecutive starts. In 12 games, Paul is averaging 12.1 minutes, 3.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. He is shooting 50-percent from the field and has displayed the ability to connect from beyond the arc (4-12). Paul has matched his career-high total of eight points twice this year, most recently against Washington on Jan. 8.