Men's Basketball Begins Practices For 2005-06 Season

Oct. 14, 2005

Stanford Basketball started the 2005-06 season in earnest Friday night with its first practice of the year. The practice marked the start of Trent Johnson's second year as head coach of the Cardinal. After a successful first season on the Farm, Coach Johnson and the Cardinal are poised to kick off the new era of Stanford Basketball with another exciting and challenging year. The Cardinal program, which has become a dominant force on the collegiate scene, looks to make its presence felt once again during the regular season and into postseason play.

Seniors Chris Hernandez, Matt Haryasz, Jason Haas, and Dan Grunfeld enter their final seasons as the team's leaders, while freshmen Mitch Johnson, Lawrence Hill, and Anthony Goods enter the program anxious to make a mark. Along with their sophomore and junior teammates, this group looks to get to the top of the Pac-10 and add to the program's streak of 11 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, a run matched only by Arizona, Cincinnati, Kentucky, and Kansas.

The team will hold closed practices at Maples until the first exhibition game versus Sonoma State on November 5. Before that date, the Cardinal will hold two open scrimmages on October 22 and 29, both of which will be held at 11 a.m. in Maples Pavilion. These practices will be the only opportunities for the general public to see the team in action before games begin.

While season tickets are long sold out, a small number of individual game tickets for non-conference games go on sale Tuesday online at These games include games against UC Irvine, USF, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Denver; as well as exhibition games against Sonoma State and Cal Poly Pomona. Tickets for these games are limited. With season tickets sold out yet again, make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to see the Cardinal while it still lasts.

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