Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez Announce Intent To Enter 2008 NBA Draft
April 1, 2008
'I am excited for Brook and Robin and wish them the best of luck as they pursue their dream of playing in the NBA,' said head coach Trent Johnson. 'They both had decisions to make and now are presented with a special opportunity to compete and contribute at the next level. Brook and Robin are both terrific players who played a key role in our team's success this year.'
Brook Lopez was recently named a third team All-American selection by the Associated Press, adding to his lengthy list of honors during the 2007-08 campaign. He is the first Cardinal to earn All-America recognition since Josh Childress was recognized by multiple organizations in 2004, including first team AP honors.
An All-Pac-10 first team honoree, Brook was also selected as an all-district performer by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) in District IX. In 27 games this year, the 7-0 forward averaged 19.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting 46.8-percent from the field and 78.9-percent from the foul line. He notched nine double-doubles, scored in double-figures 25 times and led the Cardinal in scoring on 20 different occasions.
In two seasons on The Farm, Brook averaged 16.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while tallying 101 blocked shots and shooting 48.0-percent from the field in 53 games. He scored in double-figures in 41 of those contests and established a career-best of 31 points at Washington earlier this year.
Robin Lopez was tabbed an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection and was also voted to the five-member Pac-10 All-Defensive team. The 7-0 center developed into a tremendous rebounder and intimidating defensive presence during his two years with the Cardinal. He started 30 of the team's 36 games this year, averaging 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while connecting at a 53.4-percent rate from the field.
Lopez scored in double-figures in 17 games overall in 2007-08, including a career-high 24-point performance against Yale on Nov. 20 that featured 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. One year after establishing the freshman single-season record for blocked shots (73), he tallied 83 swats this season and now ranks second on the all-time Stanford list with 156 behind Tim Young (1994-99) at 167.
Robin played his best basketball down the stretch, scoring in double-figures in 11 of Stanford's final 15 games. He was extremely impressive in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 12.7 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 60.7-percent from the field.
In two seasons, he averaged 8.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game with 156 blocked shots in 67 contests. Lopez scored in double-figures 27 times during his career and made 51.5-percent from the field.
Brook Lopez Statement (courtesy Associated Press)
'I have really enjoyed my time at Stanford. The university has afforded me a great opportunity to gain an education from one of the finest schools in the country, while also allowing me to develop as a basketball player. Although I am moving on to the NBA, I am fully committed to obtaining my degree and look forward to returning to campus to take classes.'
'After a great deal of thought and discussion with my family, I feel it is the appropriate time to enter the NBA draft. It is the dream and goal of every basketball player to play and succeed in the NBA and I feel I am ready to take on this new challenge. I know there is a lot of hard work ahead and I am excited to begin preparing for my draft workouts.'
'I would especially like to thank Coach Johnson, Coach Oliver, Coach Guerinoni, Coach Robinson, Chris Bobel, Juan Pablo Reggiardo, Tomoo Yamada along with the entire Stanford Basketball staff for their guidance over the past two years. I also would like to thank all of my teammates. It has been an incredible experience playing with them and I am thankful for the friendships I have made.'
'Finally, I would like to thank all of the Stanford fans for their support the past two years. They were a big reason why I had a fantastic experience playing for the Cardinal.'
Robin Lopez Statement (courtesy Associated Press)
'This has been a very difficult decision for me because I have really enjoyed my two years at Stanford. I have always hoped I would have an opportunity to play in the NBA and I feel now is the right time to make that dream a reality. I am extremely excited about entering this new stage of my basketball career and am eager to begin preparing for the draft. This decision was especially tough because of how much I have enjoyed playing with my teammates. I have made friendships which I know will last well beyond my playing days and I look forward to rooting for the Cardinal in the future.'
'I especially would like to thank Coach Johnson, Coach Oliver, Coach Guerinoni, Coach Robinson, Chris Bobel, Juan Pablo Reggiardo, Tomoo Yamada and the entire Stanford basketball staff for their guidance and support. I have developed a lot as a basketball player and as a person over the past two years and I feel it is due to the great people who work with our basketball team.'
'Education is very important to me. Despite my decision to leave school to enter the NBA, I intend to continue my education and complete my degree in the future. Finally, I want to thank all the great Stanford fans who have supported me the past two years. Their support was a big part of the amazing experience I had playing for the Cardinal.'