Stanford Men's Basketball Inks Three Top Recruits
Nov. 9, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford men's basketball program has signed frontline players Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez and Will Paul to National Letters of Intent to study and compete at Stanford University next year, announced head coach Trent Johnson.
'Obviously we are very pleased to have these three young student-athletes to be a part of our Stanford basketball family,' said Johnson. 'As good as these three young men are as basketball players, they are even better people. 'I have no doubt they are the type of student-athletes who will thrive at Stanford.'
Brook Lopez (7-foot/240 pounds) hails from Fresno, Calif., and attends San Joaquin Memorial High School. Lopez averaged 10.3 rebounds, 15.0 points and 2.6 blocks per game his junior season, and was tabbed the Fresno Bee Player of the Year. His high school team won the North Yosemite League and came a victory short of making it to the Division IV state championship. Lopez was a member on the USA Youth Development Festival 'Red' team that competed in San Diego, Calif., this summer that won a bronze medal in the International Sports Invitational. He ranked 20th among the seven-team tournament field for scoring (10.2 ppg.), tied for fifth for blocked shots (1.6 bpg.), tied for sixth for steals (2.2 spg.), 12th for field goal percentage (.487) and tied for 20th for rebounds (4.8 rpg.). He was a member of the EBO/EA Sports AAU team along with his brother, Robin that won the Adidas Super 64 tournament for two consecutive years. He was recently named a first-team selection to the Best of the West team.
'I'm very excited to come to Stanford and play basketball,' said B. Lopez. 'It's a great environment to be a part of.'
Robin Lopez (7-foot/245 pounds) is from Fresno, Calif. and is a senior at San Joaquin Memorial High School where he averaged 9.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game last year. He was a second-team Fresno Bee All Star selection and was tabbed Underclassmen MVP at the Adias Super Star Camp. Lopez was a two-time all-tournament selection of the Adidas Super 64 tournament and was a member of the USA Youth Development Festival 'Blue' team that competed in San Diego, Calif., this summer that won a silver medal in the International Sports Invitational. He finished the Festival ranked third among all-time USA Festival participants for blocked shots with 15. He was recently tabbed a first-team selection to the Best of the West team.
'The combination of academics and athletics at Stanford is a great opportunity,' said R. Lopez. 'I am very excited about competing and studying.'
'Brook and Robin Lopez come in with a solid academic and basketball background,' noted Johnson. 'However, we still need to let them become college student-athletes and find their niche as members of the Stanford community.'
Will Paul (6-foot-9/220-pounds) hails from Corpus Christi, Texas where he goes to Calallen High School where he team last season where he averaged 20.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and two assists per game. His high school team went undefeated in district play for the last two years and made the region semifinals in 2003. He was tabbed district and all-metro MVP his junior year as well as being a first-team All-South Texas selection. His freshman year, he was named South Texas Newcomer of the Year. This season, Paul is a preseason first-team all-state pick.
'I'm really excited about coming to Stanford,' said Paul. 'It's a great opportunity both academically and athletically. The first time I saw Stanford I knew that's where I wanted to be.'
'Will Paul was a player who was under the radar for much of his recruitment and we think he has a chance to become a pretty good player for our program,' Johnson said.