Men's Basketball Kicks Off Official Start Of Practice

Oct. 16, 2009

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Coaches Clinic: Oct. 17 | Red-White Scrimmage: Oct. 27

STANFORD, Calif.- The Stanford men's basketball team officially kicked off the 2009-10 campaign on Friday afternoon, conducting its first full practice of the season in the Arrillaga Gymnasium.

Following a 30-minute film session, the Cardinal took the court at 5:30 p.m. for the first official organized practice in the facility, which opened last spring. Located adjacent to Maples Pavilion, the state-of-the-art facility includes two practice courts for basketball and three courts for volleyball, in addition to a new weight room.

The Cardinal returns to its normal afternoon practice time slot next week, with just over two weeks of preparation before an exhibition against Sonoma State on Friday, Nov. 6, kicks off the year.

Stanford opens the regular season on the road for the second straight year with a matchup at San Diego on Friday, Nov. 13. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the contest will be televised locally by channel 4SD.

Here are a few items to keep in mind as the regular season quickly approaches:

  • Stanford's home opener is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 15, against Cal Poly. The Cardinal continues its homestand on Wednesday, Nov. 18, against Oral Roberts. That contest, along with a Nov. 21 date against Florida A&M, is part of the 2009 Cancun Challenge. Stanford will be playing regular season games outside the United States for the first time since 2000, when the Cardinal defeated Old Dominion, Memphis and Georgia en route to capturing the Puerto Rico Shootout. Grouped in the Riviera Division of the Cancun Challenge, Stanford will play home games against Oral Roberts (Nov. 18) and Florida A&M (Nov. 21) before facing Virginia (Nov. 24) in its first game at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. Stanford's second game in Cancun will feature a matchup against either Kentucky, led by first-year head coach John Calipari, or Cleveland State, a 26-win club that upset No. 4 seed Wake Forest in last year's NCAA Tournament first round.

  • Pac-10 Media Day is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29, in Los Angeles. The conference preseason media poll will be announced at this time. Head coach Johnny Dawkins and Landry Fields are scheduled to be in attendance for Stanford.

  • Senior Landry Fields is the lone team captain and returning leading scorer. Fields enjoyed a breakthrough junior season in which he led the club in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and steals (42), finished third in scoring (12.6 ppg) and connected on 49.8 percent of his attempts from the floor. A solid weapon from the perimeter (36.8 percent) as well, Fields scored in double-figures 24 times while notching five double-doubles. Fields was impressive in summer workouts, highlighted by earning Co-MVP honors of the San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am.

  • The Cardinal coaching staff is hoping sophomore Jeremy Green picks up where he left off. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honoree in 2009, Green played in all 34 games, averaged 6.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while shooting 45.6 percent from three-point territory. But he really caught fire late in the year and eventually became a focal point of the offense. Over the final 10 games of the year, Green averaged 7.4 points in just over 15 minutes per game while shooting 52.1 percent overall and 50 percent from long distance. Included in that batch of games was a career-best 22-point effort at Arizona in which he finished 8-15 from the field and knocked down six three pointers in 23 minutes.

  • After losing seniors Kenny Brown, Anthony Goods, Mitch Johnson and Lawrence Hill to graduation, this year's club will look considerably different. Landry Fields, Emmanuel Igbinosa and Drew Shiller are the team's three seniors, while juniors Da'Veed Dildy and Josh Owens return for their third seasons. Transfer Andrew Zimmermann joins a six-member sophomore class that includes Elliott Bullock, Matei Daian, Jeremy Green, Jarrett Mann and Jack Trotter. Freshmen Andy Brown and Gabriel Harris round out the squad.

  • Four players have changed uniform numbers. After sporting No. 51 last season, Elliott Bullock becomes the first player to wear the No. 40 since Pete Van Elswyk during the 1997-98 campaign. Matei Daian switches from No. 52 to No. 15, inheriting the number worn by Lawrence Hill. Jarrett Mann moves from No. 3 to No. 22, taking over for Kenny Brown. Finally, Jeremy Green jumps from No. 5 to No. 45, last donned by Mark Madsen in 1999-00.

  • Keith D'Amelio is one of two additions to its support staff, as he enters his first season as the team's Intercollegiate Athletic Development Specialist. D'Amelio will design and implement all aspects of the players' strength and speed development programs throughout the year in addition to overseeing their nutritional needs. D'Amelio spent the previous four seasons as the strength and conditioning coach for the Toronto Raptors. Prior to joining Toronto, D'Amelio served for three seasons as the assistant athletic trainer with the Boston Celtics. Meanwhile, Frederick Alexander enters his first season as the Academic/Video Assistant for the men's basketball program. Alexander will oversee the academic progress of the team while assisting the coaching staff in the coordination of all recruiting efforts. He also assists in the editing of weekly and season highlight videos for the basketball program. A member of the men's basketball support staff for three seasons, Alexander served as an office intern for the last two years.
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