Men's Hoops Kicks Off Season Next Week With Exhibition
Oct. 29, 2009
Scrimmage Kicks Off Season
Stanford conducted its annual Cardinal-White scrimmage on Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion, playing a pair of 15-minute games. Landry Fields scored 32 points combined on 9-14 shooting over 28 minutes, leading the White team to back-to-back victories. Emmanuel Igbinosa scored 11 points in the first game and ended with 18 overall. Elliott Bullock grabbed 11 rebounds overall while Drew Shiller finished with six assists and two turnovers in 29 minutes.
Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll Released
Stanford has been picked to finish 10th in the 2009-10 Pac-10 men's basketball preseason media poll, as announced on Thursday at Pac-10 Media Day. Head coach Johnny Dawkins and senior Landry Fields were in attendance representing Stanford. For a complete list of the preseason poll, click here.
Stanford's season opener is Nov. 13 at San Diego, as the Cardinal debuts on the road for the second straight year. After hosting Cal Poly on Nov. 15 in its home opener, the Cardinal continues its homestand on 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 and Florida A&M before facing Virginia (Nov. 24) in its first game in Cancun. Stanford's second game in Cancun (Nov. 25) will feature a matchup against either Kentucky or Cleveland State. The month wraps up with a contest against Portland State on Nov. 29.
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.
Freshman forward Andy Brown will miss the 2009-10 campaign due to an ACL tear in his left knee. Brown suffered the injury during a team practice on Oct. 17. The setback is the second in a 10-month span for Brown, who was recovering from an ACL tear in the same knee back in January, cutting short his senior year at Mater Dei High School where he led the Monarchs to state championships as a sophomore and junior. An all-state selection as a junior and two-time all-league honoree, Brown was tabbed an All-CIF Southern Section first team selection as a junior while also earning All-Orange County first team accolades.
Junior forward/center Josh Owens has not been cleared to practice by the team's medical staff and is out indefinitely.
Sophomore Jeremy Green, who has been unavailable to practice with the team due to a left ankle sprain, was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday for a violation of team rules by head coach Johnny Dawkins.
Fields Is Club's Top Returner
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. At 6.6 boards per game, he is also the Pac-10's leading returning rebounder. 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.