Dec. 13, 2011
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STANFORD, Calif.- One of four senior captains on this year's men's basketball team, Jack Trotter is also serving as one of four presidents of the Class of 2012 while also completing his economics degree.
A 6-9 forward/center from Moraga, Calif., Trotter has come a long way from his start as a freshman walk-on. After playing in 21 games off the bench as a freshman, Trotter went on to start all 32 contests during his sophomore year and averaged 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Trotter appeared in 28 games last year while making 12 starts, and is averaging 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in eight contests so far this year.
Trotter has progressed in the classroom as well, earning Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team accolades as a sophomore before being named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team last year while posting a GPA of at least 3.30 in both seasons.
Believing he could contribute a student-athlete perspective to the class presidency slate, Trotter ran for office and was elected last April. The slate, called Senior Citizen, immediately began working to form their class cabinet and making plans for this year. Trotter has already been able to provide his insight and initiative to create class-specific events for his fellow classmates.
The class presidents are responsible for creating class affinity and cohesion through planning class programs, encouraging school spirit and developing ongoing communication tools for their class.
"When I think of Jack, having now spent four seasons with him, he is the type of guy who leads by example on and off the court," said fellow senior captain Josh Owens. "You can see it off the court with his involvement as senior class president. As it relates to basketball, Jack knows what the coaches are looking for and what he needs to do in order to help make our team better. Jack accepts and embraces that role, and it has really helped our team get better overall."
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by Estela Marie L. Go and Brian Risso, Athletics Communications/Media Relations.
Special thanks to Bud Anderson, Hunter Armor, Cara Hanelin and Khari Jones.