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Men's Basketball Outlook: Season Starts With Saturday Exhibition
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/03/2011

Nov. 3, 2011


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SEASON SNAPSHOT

Stanford enters the 2011-12 campaign looking to challenge for a spot in the upper half of the revamped Pac-12 conference.

Media members who cover the conference think that might be a possibility, as Stanford has been picked to finish sixth in this year's Pac-12 preseason media poll. The sixth-place projection is the highest since the 2007-08 campaign, when the Cardinal was tabbed for fifth. However, Stanford ended up finishing second in the Pac-10 and reaching the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

The Cardinal returns all but one player from last year's roster. However, the only loss is significant, as leading scorer and All-Pac-10 standout Jeremy Green (16.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, team-high 88 three-pointers) elected to forego his senior season and remain in the NBA Draft.

That being said, Stanford still returns a solid nucleus of seasoned veterans, rising sophomores and one impact freshman. The most experienced returning starter is senior Josh Owens, who was named an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection last year after leading Stanford in rebounding (6.5 rpg) and blocks (29) while ranking second in scoring (11.7 ppg) and steals (25).

Head coach Johnny Dawkins placed his rookies in a position to excel last year, with Anthony Brown and Dwight Powell earning Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors. In addition to making more starts (47) than any other Pac-10 team, Stanford's freshmen logged the highest percentage of minutes played (41.7) and accounted for the highest percentage of scoring (40.3). Leading the way were Brown (30 games, 8.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 42 three-pointers) and Powell (31 games, 26 starts, 8.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg. 28 blocks).

Highly-touted rookie Chasson Randle will likely get an opportunity to crack the starting lineup. Ranked nationally as one of the country's top combo guard prospects, Randle led Rock Island High School to its first state title in school history and finished his prep career as school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. It's a small sample size, but Randle's 11.0 points per game in the six games of the Spain trip in September led the Cardinal.

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SPAIN PROVIDES HEAD START

Stanford embarked on a six-game, 11-day tour of Spain in early September, touring cities such as Madrid, Alicante and Barcelona.

Stanford played all six games against teams from the ACB League, regarded as the second-best league in the world behind the NBA. Among the opponents: Real Madrid, the 30-time Spanish League and eight-time Euroleague champion, and FC Barcelona Regal, which was playing its first-ever game against a college team and also defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in an exhibition game last October.

Leading Stanford in Spain were Chasson Randle (11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 23.3 minutes per game) and Josh Owens (8.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 19.4 minutes per game, 52.6 percent FG).

For a recap of events, game reports, videos and photo galleries during the trip, check out the links on this page.

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THE SCHEDULE

Attempting to qualify for the postseason for the first time since a semifinal finish in the 2009 CBI (College Basketball Invitational), here's a quick look at how the schedule shapes up for Stanford.

Nov. 11
vs. Central Arkansas
Bears are led by head coach Corliss Williamson, former NBA standout and All-American at Arkansas.
Nov. 14
vs. Fresno State
Opener of Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. Stanford's fourth appearance in the event.
Nov. 15
vs. TBA
Possible opponents: Colorado State, SMU. Beat Fresno State, and a win here means a trip to NYC.
Nov. 18
at UC Davis
Stanford's only other bus trip to Davis resulted in a 64-58 loss back on Dec. 4, 2005.
Nov. 21-25
vs. TBA
Two more NIT games guaranteed, either in semifinals in NYC or consolation round at campus sites.
Nov. 28
vs. Pacific
Stanford and Pacific meet on the hardwood for the first time since Dec. 19, 1998.
Dec. 1
at Seattle
Return game as Seattle visited Maples last March. Redhawks play their home games at KeyArena.
Dec. 4
vs. NC State
First-ever meeting with ACC foe NC State signals the first of six consecutive home games.
Dec. 17
vs. San Diego
Cardinal returns to action following its traditional extended break for dead week and finals.
Dec. 19
vs. Bethune-Cookman
Wildcats won last year's MEAC regular season title and qualified for NIT in their postseason debut.
Dec. 22
vs. Butler
The hot ticket: Brad Stevens' troops have been the national runner-up for two straight seasons.
Dec. 29
vs. UCLA
Pac-12 lid-lifter for both clubs. UCLA is picked to win the conference in preseason media poll.
Dec. 31
vs. USC
Playing on New Year's Eve for first time since 2005, when Cardinal faced USC at Staples Center.
Jan. 5
at Oregon
Cardinal is 1-0 at Matthew Knight Arena after last year's 88-71 win behind Josh Owens' 31 points.
Jan. 7
at Oregon State
Depart Corvallis early Sunday morning if football team makes BCS Championship game on Jan. 9.
Jan. 12
vs. Utah
Welcome to The Farm. Utes went 13-18 last year and placed seventh in Mountain West at 6-10.
Jan. 14
vs. Colorado
Buffaloes notched school-record 24 victories last year before losing to Alabama in NIT semifinals.
Jan. 19
at Washington State
Matchup in Pullman starts three-game road swing, the longest of the year in Pac-12 play.
Jan. 21
at Washington
Huskies won last year's game in Seattle 87-76, with Stanford trying for first season sweep since 2008.
Jan. 29
at California
January wraps up with a nationally-televised FSN contest in Berkeley on Sunday night.
Feb. 2
vs. Arizona State
Only meeting of the year, as Stanford misses its yearly trip to Arizona due to new Pac-12 schedule.
Feb. 4
vs. Arizona
Close games have been the norm, with 20 of the last 25 contests decided by 10 points or less.
Feb. 9
at UCLA
Game to be played at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, with Pauley Pavilion undergoing renovation.
Feb. 12
at USC
Matchup against USC represents first of back-to-back Sunday night national appearances on FSN.
Feb. 16
vs. Oregon State
By this date, Stanford and Oregon State will have matched up 10 times since start of 2008-09.
Feb. 19
vs. Oregon
Start a new home winning streak: Ducks' win at Maples last year was their first since Jan. 13, 1986.
Feb. 23
at Colorado
Cardinal won 67-43 four years ago in Boulder as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
Feb. 25
at Utah
Stanford and Utah square off in Salt Lake City for first time since Cardinal lost 91-82 on Jan. 19, 1974.
Mar. 4
vs. California
Senior Day tribute for captains Jarrett Mann, Josh Owens, Jack Trotter and Andrew Zimmermann.
Mar. 7-10
at Pac-12 Tournament
New-look conference tourney format features four first-round games on Wednesday, Mar. 7.

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COACH SPEAK

Head coach Johnny Dawkins shares his thoughts on a few topics:

General thoughts on the season:
"Well, we are very excited about the season. I thought our kids have done a great job this preseason of working hard to get better. I thought it started last spring and continued through the summer and during our trip to Spain, in which our team got closer. We grew a lot from that experience, and we're just very excited about starting this upcoming season. We have very good leadership. Probably the best leadership that we've had since I've been there, and I'm really proud of what these young men have done in the senior class to make sure that we're all on the same page and understanding the culture that we want to have at Stanford. So I'm very excited about the upcoming season."

Addressing the team's point guard play:
"I think we definitely got better at that position. First and foremost, I believe Aaron Bright, who played point some for us last season, is probably our most improved player returning. That is exciting. I think the young man that's coming in, Chasson Randle, definitely gives us depth there. He's a young man that answers a few of our questions with regards to how we need to compete in the Pac-12. So in both cases, I'm excited about the depth we now have at that position."

Talking about the benefits of the Spain trip:
"I thought the experience in Spain was terrific for our group. First and foremost, I thought we grew closer being over there in a foreign country, with the ability to spend a lot of time with each other at meals in our room in the hotel or just culturally sightseeing. I thought it was great for our guys. I watched them really grow. I thought the competition was terrific. The teams we played over there were very, very good, and it forced our kids to really play at a level that they had to up their games, and in doing so, I think they got better from that experience. Just the level of physicality, the level of execution over there was terrific. We will benefit from having had that competitive opportunity early this fall."

Describing the impact of Chasson Randle:
"When I first saw Chasson, I thought he was a winner. His team, of course, won the state last season, so he comes from a winning culture. His team was terrific, and he led them. I also saw a young man who was very versatile in his play, whether it's being able to knock down a shot from outside, taking the ball to the basket or creating shots for himself or his teammates. He had that innate ability to make that play. A very unselfish player, just only out there looking to make his teammates better. But at the same time, he has the ability to attack and create on his own as well. I think he adds another dimension to our team, and we're excited to have an opportunity to get him going."

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BREAKING DOWN THE PERSONNEL

Aaron Bright (Last Year: 31 games, 8 starts, 5.1 points and 2.0 assists per game)
Third on team in three-pointers (31) and second in assists (61) ... excellent free throw shooter ... long distance threat with a good handle who played well in Spain (7.8 ppg, 13 assists).

Andy Brown (Last Year: Redshirted the season)
Attempting to take the court for the first time in his career ... has persevered despite suffering three ACL tears to his left knee ... has been participating in limited practice drills so far.

Anthony Brown (Last Year: 30 games, 12 starts, 8.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game)
Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection ... team's best returning three-point shooter, having made 42 last year ... scored in double-figures 15 times ... member of the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team, as the squad placed fifth with a 7-2 mark at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga, Latvia.

John Gage (Last year: 20 games, 1 start, 3.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game)
Despite only playing in 166 total minutes, his season average (pro-rated totals based on a 40-minute game) ranked him as one of Stanford's most efficient players: 4.1 three-pointers per game (first), 18.1 points per game (second) and 6.0 field goals per game (third).

Gabriel Harris (Last Year: 26 games, 2 starts, 1.4 points and 0.6 rebounds per game)
Will be counted on to provide depth in the backcourt ... capable defender ... scored a career-high 12 points on 5-6 shooting in 15 minutes against San Diego on Nov. 15 ... did not travel to Spain in September due to an injury.

Josh Huestis (Last year: 28 games, 0 starts, 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game)
Used off the bench as a freshman, could break into starting lineup and develop into one of the league's most improved players ... has added muscle and possesses all the tools to become a dominant rebounder ... surprised in Spain (4.5 points and team-high 5.7 rebounds per game).

Robbie Lemons (Last Year: 10 games, 0 starts, 0.6 points and 0.3 rebounds per game)
Only played 37 minutes last year but keep an eye on him this year, as a valuable weapon off the bench ... coaching staff has described him as an ideal "sniper", who can come into the game and immediately knock down threes ... a true scorer, played well off the bench in Spain.

Jarrett Mann (Last year: 31 games, 31 starts, 4.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game)
One of three players to start every game ... dished out a team-high 130 assists last year, six shy of his career-high 136 handouts the previous season ... scored in double figures three times ... team's best defender who is capable of locking up an opponent.

Stefan Nastic (Last year: 5 games, 0 starts, 3.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game)
Appeared in first five games before missing remainder of year with a foot injury ... sat out the year as a redshirt ... highly-skilled, hard-working big with great footwork and solid post moves.

Josh Owens (Last Year: 31 games, 31 starts, 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game)
Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection last year after leading Stanford in rebounding and blocks (29) while ranking second in scoring and steals (25) ... after redshirting the 2009-10 campaign, looked sharp in his return to the court ... will be counted on to solidify the frontcourt once again in his final season ... athletic specimen.

Dwight Powell (Last Year: 31 games, 26 starts, 8.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game)
Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection ... versatile, athletic player who appears poised for a breakthrough season ... 26 starts ranked third-most all-time among Stanford freshmen ... scored in double-figures 11 times ... led team in rebounding 11 times ... also contributed 28 blocks and 24 steals.

Chasson Randle
Will get an opportunity to run the point ... ranked nationally as one of the country's top combo guard prospects ... led Rock Island High School to its first state title in school history and finished his prep career as school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder ... Gatorade Illinois Basketball Player of the Year ... averaged 22.3 points and 7.7 rebounds as a senior.

Jack Trotter (Last Year: 28 games, 12 starts, 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game)
Dependable post player who is capable of starting or coming into the game as a reserve ... grabbed at least five rebounds in a game nine times last year ... provides depth in the frontcourt ... in 1327 career minutes played, has committed only 42 turnovers.

Andrew Zimmermann (Last Year: 25 games, 1 start, 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game)
Solid big man who isn't afraid to step outside and shoot from long distance ... embraces his role as a gritty player who will dive for loose balls, take charges, etc. ... recorded 11 blocks and 10 steals ... matched a career high with 14 points against San Diego on Nov. 15.

Walk-ons Wade Morgan and Jack Ryan will also receive playing time.


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