Cardinal Capsule: Joe Kirchofer

Feb. 11, 2002

Joe Kirchofer

Sport: Men's Basketball
Year: Sophomore
Height: 6-9
Position: Forward
Hometown: Elk Grove, Calif.
High School:Laguna Creek
Major: Urban Studies
Stanford Athletics Highlights: Returned to the Cardinal varsity after redshirting the 2000-01 season ... Kirchofer gives the Cardinal rebounding strength and good defense ... Has played in 18 games, and has hit 17-of-31 shots for 55 percent ... Kirchofer made his first collegiate start against Oregon State (2/9/02) ... Played a career-high 24 minutes at USC (1/26/02) and responded with a career-high in points (10) and rebounds (9) ... Played a key role in Stanford's 90-87 overtime victory over Oregon (2/7/02) ... Scored nine points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in 22 minutes of play against the Ducks.

Stanford's basketball team will be fun to watch this year because:
we have a lot of new faces, but the same intensity

For me to improve as a player I need to:
defend better, especially on the perimeter

For me to improve as a person I need to:
be more productive

The thing I love about sports is:
the opportunity to be very competitive

My favorite pre-game ritual is:
listen to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly soundtrack

My greatest athletic accomplishment to date was:
winning the Sac-Joaquin Section in high school

The biggest thrill in my life so far was:
coming to Stanford

The most difficult opposing arena to play in:
McKale Center (Arizona)

If I could play in any basketball arena in the world, it would be:
wherever the Final Four is

The toughest (college) player I have faced is:
Jason Collins

A friend from another college basketball team is:
Phil Ricci (Oregon State)

The toughest team I have played against is:
the first team in practices

If I could add one team to the schedule it would be:
Duke or at Sacramento State

The team I am most looking forward to playing this year is:
anyone, I'm just excited to play

If I were selecting a basketball 'Dream Team,' the first three players I would pick are:
Vlade Divac, Scot Pollard and Bill Russell

The sports team I followed when I was younger was:
Buffalo Bills

When I played basketball as a kid, I pretended to be:

The athletes I most admire are:
Bill Bradley, Jackie Robinson

My favorite NBA team:
Sacramento Kings

The current or former Stanford athlete I most enjoy watching is:
Mark Madsen

Since coming to Stanford I have learned:
to play harmonica

My favorite class is:
Group Communication

The best place on campus is:
on the raft in Lake Lag in the spring

The best book I have ever read is:
The Great Gatsby

My favorite food is:
anything my mom makes

My least favorite food is:

If I had to cook all of my own meals, I would probably survive on:
scrambled eggs and cereal

My favorite midnight snack is:
scrambled eggs

My favorite musical groups are:
Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Radiohead, Pearl Jam and Blind Melon

My favorite movie is:
High Fidelity and Karate Kid

My favorite TV show is:

My favorite actress is:
Elizabeth Shue

My favorite actors are:
Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita

If I had one CD to listen to, it would be:
Allman Brothers Band 'Live at Fillmore East'

If I were not playing college basketball, I would be:
in the 6th Man Club

My favorite sport other than basketball is:
Australian Rules Football

After my Stanford career is over, I'd like to be remembered as:

My parents were right when they told me:
I would miss my mom's cooking someday

The person who has had the greatest influence on my life:
my dad

One moment in history I wish I could have seen:

If I could invite any three people in history to dinner, they would be:
Franklin Roosevelt, Fidel Castro and Nat Corey-Moran

Something people would be surprised to know about me:
I play harmonica

A place I've never been that I would love to go is:

The best place I have ever been is:
Queenstown, New Zealand

My most prized possession:
autographed Jim Kelly jersey

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