Stanford Adds Harris, Zimmermann During Spring Signing Period

April 17, 2009

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    STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford men's basketball head coach Johnny Dawkins has announced the signing of two incoming student-athletes to letters of intent.

    Gabriel Harris (Birmingham, Ala.) and Andrew Zimmermann (Oostburg, Wis.) will join the men's basketball program for the 2009-10 campaign, along with Andrew Brown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who signed with the Cardinal back in November.

    'We are excited about our 2010 recruiting class,' said head coach Johnny Dawkins. 'These are solid student-athletes who come from great families and will continue to make our basketball program better.'

    A 6-2, 180-pound guard from Birmingham, Ala., Harris was a four-year letterwinner from The Altamont School. Rated No. 20 among the nation's top prep point guards, Harris is coming off a senior campaign in which he was named the All-Metro South Player of the Year while also earning first team all-state honors. As a senior, Harris averaged 18.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.9 steals per game. A two-time team MVP, Harris also received honorable mention all-state accolades during his first three seasons.

    'We are looking forward to having Gabriel join our program, said Dawkins, who guided Stanford to its 20th 20-win season in school history this past season with a 20-14 finish. 'Gabriel is a solid, versatile guard who can do anything on the court and we expect him to be a good player in our system.'

    'I'm really looking forward to this experience and can't wait to get started at Stanford,' said Harris. 'I feel that there is a great opportunity for me to become a better player with this program. I was very impressed with Coach Dawkins and his work with USA Basketball and look forward to learning from him and the rest of the coaching staff.'

    Zimmermann, a 6-9, 225-pound forward from Oostburg, Wis., arrives on The Farm after transferring from nearby Foothill College, where he sat out the 2008-09 campaign as a redshirt. Zimmermann began his college career at Santa Clara, appearing in 19 contests while averaging 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in just under 14 minutes of playing time as a true freshman. His best game with the Broncos was a nine-point, nine-rebound performance in 24 minutes off the bench against Pacific on Dec. 12. A 2007 graduate of Oostburg High School, Zimmermann was a unanimous selection to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 3 All-State team as a senior and was named the Central Lakeshore Player of the Year during his final season.

    'Andrew is a talented post player who will get an opportunity to contribute next year, as he brings valuable experience to our program,' said Dawkins. 'He is able to play both forward positions and will provide our team with depth on the defensive end. We are looking forward to Andrew joining our family.'

    'I'm very excited for next season,' said Zimmermann. 'I really feel comfortable with Coach Dawkins' style of play and believe that I can contribute to the program. I've enjoyed watching Stanford's games this past year and especially like how well the team plays together. This is a great fit for me and I can't wait to get the season started.'

    Stanford closed out the 2008-09 campaign at 20-14 overall and 6-12 in Pac-10 play. For the 20th time in school history, the Cardinal reached the 20-win plateau. Following up last year's 28-8 mark, this is the first time since 2002-03 (24-9 overall) and 2003-04 (30-2 overall) that Stanford has posted back-to-back 20-win campaigns. Stanford secured a winning record for the 16th consecutive season and notched at least 18 victories for the third year in a row. Stanford also advanced to the postseason for the 16th straight year, reaching the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

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