Nov. 16, 2011
STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford's Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men's Basketball, Johnny Dawkins, has announced the signing of three incoming student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.
Joining the Cardinal for the 2012-13 campaign are the following: Rosco Allen (Las Vegas, Nev.), Christian Sanders (Houston, Texas) and Grant Verhoeven (Visalia, Calif.). The class is currently ranked as high as No. 25 in the nation by Scout.com and among a group of nine schools in the "On The Cusp" category of ESPN.com's top-25 rankings.
"We are really excited to add three young men and their great families to our basketball program," said Dawkins. "They will certainly help us on the basketball court. They all fill needs that we sought with this class and really complement our current underclassmen. We are ecstatic at how this class turned out for us. Beyond being great players, they are great people with tremendous character. They will contribute greatly to our culture, and we look forward to continuing to develop them both on and off the court in the years to come."
A 6-9, 205-pound forward, Allen is listed as the No. 12-ranked small forward, No. 55 player overall and a four star recruit in ESPNU's 100 national rankings. Also projected as the No. 72 and No. 73 overall player by Scout.com and Rivals.com, respectively, Allen is a three-year letterwinner from Bishop Gorman High School. As a junior, Allen averaged 14.1 points and 6.2 rebounds while leading Bishop Gorman to the Sunset Region title. Allen is a member of the Las Vegas Lakers AAU team.
"We have recruited Rosco pretty much ever since we arrived at Stanford," said Dawkins. "He has always been very talented and skilled, and it has been great following his continued growth as a player. Rosco is extremely versatile and presents a tough matchup for opponents. We believe Rosco is a perfect fit for the way we want to play, and it's exciting to think about what he can do for us."
"Stanford was an easy choice," said Allen. "The coaches did a good job recruiting me over the last three years. Stanford offers the best possible combination of academics and athletics. I look forward to playing in front of the Cardinal fans and making an impact."
Sanders is a 6-4, 185-pound guard and currently listed as the No. 26-ranked shooting guard by Scout.com and ESPNU's 100 national rankings. A two-time first-team all-state selection, Sanders led St. Thomas High School to a TAPPS State championship as a junior, while averaging 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game and garnering district MVP honors along the way. Sanders is a three-time all-district selection and earned third-team all-state accolades as a freshman.
"We have been aware of Christian for awhile but really became more familiar with him this past spring and summer," explained Dawkins. "Shooting was a definite need for us in this class, and Christian certainly supplies that. However, he is much more than that- he is a true basketball player. He can score, distribute and overall, has an extremely high basketball IQ. Christian can potentially be a leader for us from day one."
"My decision basically came down to a combination of several factors," said Sanders. "At Stanford, students strive to be excellent and that is the type of environment I want to be a part of. I felt a strong connection with Coach Dawkins, and feel very comfortable investing the next four years with him and this program, and look forward to a long relationship afterward. I had an incredible visit and I'm just so excited about next year."
A 6-9, 220-pound center, Verhoeven checks in at No. 95 in ESPNU's 100 national rankings and is also listed No. 17 among centers and No. 78 overall as a four-star recruit by Scout.com. A product of Central Valley Christian High School, Verhoeven averaged 22.8 points, 16.9 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game as a junior. In his first three seasons, Verhoeven guided the Cavaliers to three Central Sequoia League titles, two Central Section Division V championships (2009, 2010) and a Division IV runner-up finish (2011). A two-time National Christian Schools Athletic Association All-American, Verhoeven was also named Central Sequoia League MVP. A two-time All-State Division IV choice, he is a member of the Organized Chaos AAU team.
"Grant is someone we have been looking for since we arrived at Stanford," said Dawkins. "Grant is athletic, tough, physical and plays every play. He can help us immediately with his rebounding and inside play, while continuing to develop and round out his entire game. No one is going to work any harder, and we are excited to work with him."
"I'm really excited to be joining the Cardinal," said Verhoeven. "Stanford is a great program and I look forward to working with a coaching staff that stresses fundamentals and player development. They have a good group of guys and I really felt comfortable with everyone. And of course, you can't beat a Stanford education."