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Check Out The Numbers: Josh Huestis
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/15/2013

Jan. 15, 2013


This is the first edition of "Check Out The Numbers", a series that provides an in-depth statistical view of a player's performance to date. In this feature, www.gostanford.com takes a look at junior forward Josh Huestis.

A native of Great Falls, Mt., Huestis has shown steady improvement during each of his first two seasons and the totals for his junior year are even more off the charts. Huestis has developed into one of the conference's premier defensive players. A Pac-12 Defensive Team Honorable Mention selection in 2011-12, Huestis will merit consideration once again and possibly even for the league's Defensive Player of the Year award.

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Huestis, who has started all 17 games this year, is averaging 9.0 points and a team-best 9.0 rebounds per game. Huestis will have some serious work to do, but could he average a double-double for the season? Only four players in school history have accomplished the feat over the last 50 years.
Huestis says: "I want to be a defensive presence for my team. The role I have been given is to be somebody that rebounds and not everyone welcomes that. Every time a shot goes up, that's something that I love. So when I go out there, I try to focus on that because it helps the team. I like the physicality, contact and how you have to fight for it. It's like a mini-competition within the game."

Year
Name
Totals
2001-02
16.9 ppg, 11.4 rpg
1991-92
Adam Keefe
25.3 ppg, 12.2 rpg
1975-76
Ed Schweitzer
15.7 ppg, 11.2 rpg
1974-75
Rich Kelley
20.0 ppg, 11.5 rpg
1973-74
Rich Kelley
18.4 ppg, 12.5 rpg
1972-73
Rich Kelley
17.3 ppg, 13.2 rpg

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Extremely athletic and versatile, Huestis has been Stanford's leading rebounder in 11 games this year. Although Huestis has recorded only two double-doubles, he has tallied six double-figure rebounding games. Four of those outings came in succession, making Huestis only the fourth player to grab at least 10+ rebounds in four straight games during the last decade.
Huestis says: "The way I raised and my approach to the game has always been to work as hard as I can on every possession and never quit. I think that causes a problem for some opponents, who may occasionally take plays off or rest so they can play more. What I focus on, is going hard every single play I'm involved in. I just try not to let my guy relax."

Name
Streak Started
Streak Ended
Rebound Totals
Josh Huestis
Dec. 21, 2012
Jan. 9, 2013
12-14-12-10
March 6, 2008
March 14, 2008
13-10-15-12
Matt Haryasz
Feb. 26, 2005
March 10, 2005
10-12-10-12
Matt Haryasz
Jan. 22, 2005
Feb. 3, 2005
10-11-20-10
March 2, 2002
March 16, 2002
17-14-12-11

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Huestis is a fierce rebounder but his shot-blocking ability attracted attention earlier this year. He has compiled a team-best 37 blocks, good for a 2.2 average that ranks 45th in the nation. Curtis Borchardt holds Stanford's single-season record (85) while Tim Young owns the career mark (167). Huestis recently cracked the all-time top-10 list.
Huestis says: "It's really all about timing. There are a lot of guys who are probably bigger than me or have longer arms. But they might not necessarily have the best timing. My whole life, I've always been able to block shots and that has improved as I've grown older. It's one of my favorite things to do because it gets into the head of your opponent. It's fun. It feels good to block someone's shot. Coach Dawkins allows me to just go for it, and I'm getting better at it."

Rank
Name (Years)
Career Blocks
1.
Tim Young (1994-99)
167
2.
Robin Lopez (2006-08)
156
6.
Brook Lopez (2006-08)
101
7.
Josh Childress (2001-04)
95
8.
Jason Collins (1997-01)
89
9.
Josh Huestis (2011-)
87
10.
Kimberly Belton (1976-80)
86

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Huestis produced one of the most impressive individual performances by any Stanford player this year, registering 10 blocks against Seattle back on Nov. 28. Ironically, that was his only double-digit total of the night, as he ended with seven points and seven rebounds. Nevertheless, only one player in school history has tallied more swats in a game.
Huestis says: "I guess it was just one of those games where I blocked a couple early and gained confidence. Once you start, you just kind of get on a roll. It's the same thing for a shooter, when you knock down a couple shots and everything starts rolling. So, I think it was basically just getting a couple early in the game and everything flowed from there."

Blocks
Name (Date)
Opponent
12
Brook Lopez (Jan. 25, 2007)
USC
10
Josh Huestis (Nov. 28, 2012)
Seattle
6
Robin Lopez (Nov. 17, 2007)
Siena
6
Lawrence Hill (Jan. 30, 2006)
Washington
6
Matt Haryasz (Jan. 29, 2004)
Oregon State
6
Curtis Borchardt (Dec. 29, 2001)
Michigan State

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Let's fast forward a bit. Huestis recently crossed the 400-point plateau for his career, and we know where he stands on the career rebounds (385) and blocks (87) lists. Huestis has identified offensive efficiency as an area of his game that needs improvement. So is a career stat line of 500+ points, 500+ rebounds and 100+ blocks out of the question? That's only been done by two other players.
Huestis says: "I'm trying to get into the gym more and work on my shot so it falls easier. I've been trying to work with the coaches on finishing, that sort of thing. Really, I'm just trying to focus on taking good, high-percentage shots."

Name
Career Points
Career Rebounds
Career Blocks
Tim Young (1994-99)
1,544
1,070
167
Howard Wright (1985-89)
1,599
860
121

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- Brian Risso, Athletics Communications/Media Relations


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