Josh Childress Named Hank Luisetti MVP
April 20, 2004
Stanford, Ca - Josh Childress, who was named to nine All-America teams and was named 2003-04 Pac-10 Player of the Year, was named the team's winner of the Hank Luisetti Most Valuable Player, announced at the team's recent banquet.
Childress, a junior, led the Cardinal in scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg). Childress was named first team All-American seven times (Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, John R. Wooden, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Basketball Times, Adolph F. Rupp, and Fox Sports.com). Childress also became the first player in school history to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year,
Childress helped Stanford to a 30-2 record, a 17-1 record in Pac-10 play and a Pac-10 regular and tournament championship. Childress also was named Pac-10 Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Nick Robinson and Justin Davis were named co-winners of the Howie Dallmar Coaches Award, presented to the Stanford players who displayed excellence on-and-off the court. Robinson was certainly the unsung hero for Stanford in 2003-04. Robinson started 25 of 32 games this year, and during his tenure as a starter, Stanford chalked up a 24-1 record. Robinson also excelled in the classroom. Robinson was named Pacific-10 first team All-Academic. Davis, an Honorable Mention All Pac-10 selection, averaged 10.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Davis shot .572 from the floor, second-best in the conference.
Chris Hernandez was named winner of the Roy Young Toughness Award. Hernandez led the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.914) and three-point field goal percentage (.460). Hernandez, an All Pac-10 first team selection and an All Pac-10 second team Academic selection, was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, symbolic of the nation's top point-guard.
Robinson and Hernandez were also named Best Defensive Players in a vote of their teammates.
Matt Lottich was named winner of the Most Inspirational Player. Lottich's fiery play and team leadership helped Stanford win many close games. Lottich averaged 12.3 points per game, and led the team in three-pointers (67).
The Most Improved Player Award went to sophomore forward Matt Haryasz. Haryasz proved to be a valuable player off the bench averaging 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Haryasz was among the Pac-10 shot blockers with 35.
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