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Men's Basketball Kicks Off Season With First Official Practice
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/14/2011

Oct. 14, 2011


STANFORD, Calif.- The Stanford men's basketball team officially kicked off the 2011-12 campaign on Friday evening, conducting its first full practice of the season in the Arrillaga Gymnasium.

With Stanford's women's volleyball team slated to host Washington State at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion, the Cardinal held its first official organized practice of the year at 5:30 p.m. in the practice facility following a half-hour film session.

The Cardinal returns to its normal late afternoon practice time slot next week, with just over three weeks of preparation before an exhibition against Ryerson University on Saturday, Nov. 5, kicks off the year.

The first weekend of official practice continues Saturday, when the Cardinal is scheduled to practice twice, at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m., before an off day on Sunday to participate in the annual VCN clinic.

Here are a few items to keep in mind as the regular season quickly approaches:

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Stanford wrapped up the 2010-11 season at 15-16. Fielding a team without a senior for the first time in school history, head coach Johnny Dawkins put his rookies in a position to excel, 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).

Additionally, Stanford was represented with four all-league picks overall, the most since four members of the Cardinal's 2008 Sweet 16 squad were recognized. Despite playing with a roster in which underclassmen accounted for 10 of the 15 spots, Stanford surpassed its win total from the previous season while its overall record dipped below the .500 mark only twice.

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Stanford will be kicking off the 2011-12 campaign by pairing the annual Cardinal-White scrimmage with its first Midday Madness team day. Cardinal fans can get their first glimpse of this year's squad on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Maples Pavilion. Fans are encouraged to come out early and interact with players and coaches while taking part in the Midday Madness excitement. This event is free to all fans.

Fans can enter for a chance to compete alongside their favorite player in the Cardinal Karaoke Challenge, leading up to the scrimmage. Six contestants will be selected from the entries to perform on the hardwood in a sing-off with a player for their chance to be a VIP Fan of the Game at future game of their choice. Honorary judges will help determine the winner.

Here's a quick look at the lineup of events that afternoon:
1-2 p.m.: Maples Pavilion opens, Fan Fest in concourse
2-3 p.m.: Midday Madness
(season preview from head coach Johnny Dawkins, dunk competition, skills contests, Cardinal Jams fan contest)
3-4:15 p.m.: Cardinal-White scrimmage

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Seniors Jarrett Mann, Josh Owens, Jack Trotter and Andrew Zimmermann have been named this year's captains by head coach Johnny Dawkins.

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Pac-12 Media Day is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28, at the Nokia Theatre/L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The conference preseason media poll will be announced at this time. Players and coaches in attendance will conduct interviews with local and national media while also participating in activities at the ESPN Los Angeles SportsCenter studio. Head coach Johnny Dawkins and Josh Owens will represent Stanford at the event.

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Comcast SportsNet Bay Area recently announced it would add six games to its programming lineup, bringing Stanford's total of televised games to 17. Of those 17 contests, at least 11 will be televised nationally with nine of those appearances coming on FSN.

Both of Stanford's West Regional games (Nov. 14, 15) during the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off are slated to be shown on ESPNU. Should Stanford advance to the semifinals and finals at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., those games would also be televised on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Additional games could be selected for national television and will be announced at a later date. Stanford's updated schedule can be viewed here.

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Friday may have signaled the official start of practice, but the Cardinal has already enjoyed a 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 (or Liga ACB, The Asociacion de Clubs de Baloncesto), which is regarded as the second-best league in the world behind the NBA. 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 start of basketball season usually translates into a spike in media coverage. Expect a few more upcoming features on Stanford basketball in the coming week, with the most recent piece coming from Doug Haller of The Arizona Republic, who visited with head coach Johnny Dawkins in the latest edition of his Pac-12 blog.

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After serving the previous three seasons at LSU as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Juan Pablo Reggiardo enters his first year as the program's Sports Performance Coach. Reggiardo is a familiar face, returning for his second stint on The Farm as he worked in the same capacity with the men's basketball program from 2004-08.

During his tenure at LSU (2009-11), Reggiardo was responsible for the basketball team's nutritional and physical training needs, which included strength, power and speed development as well as flexibility and mobility training.

Reggiardo served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the men's basketball program at Stanford for the previous four seasons, while also working with the women's volleyball, men's sailing and women's sailing teams.

"It's been great to work with a lot of the same people, stepping back into a familiar role," said Reggiardo. "I've spent a lot of time getting to know the guys, learning their needs and working with the coaches. I love having different resources and tools in the weight room that were not there before I had left, so that's been great. Most importantly, the guys have great attitudes, work well together and have been willing to do whatever it takes to get better."

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Two other changes among the support staff to note.

Frederick Alexander enters his first season as Stanford's Director of External Relations/Student-Services. Alexander is directly involved with the marketing of the program, including promotion and community relations efforts while overseeing the development and promotion of the Buck Cardinal Club, Sixth Man Club and all special events. A member of the men's basketball support staff over the last four seasons, Alexander served as the Academic/Video Assistant for the previous two years, overseeing the academic progress of the team while assisting the coaching staff in the coordination of all recruiting efforts.

Meanwhile, Brian Eskildsen begins his second season with the men's basketball program and his first as the Video/Recruiting Assistant. Eskildsen oversees the recruiting database while assisting the coaching staff in the coordination of all recruiting efforts. He is also responsible for handling film exchange and assists the coaching staff with scouting video. Prior to arriving at Stanford, Eskildsen served as the Director of Basketball Operations at the University of New Orleans during the 2009-10 campaign. His duties included travel, scheduling, directing summer camps and overseeing academics.

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Stanford is assured of having a different scoring leader for the 11th straight season, with Josh Owens a potential candidate as his 11.6 points per game clip leads all returnees. Jeremy Green closed out the 2010-11 season with a team-best 16.7 points per game, following Landry Fields (22.0 ppg in 2009-10), Anthony Goods (16.2 ppg in 2008-09), Brook Lopez (19.3 ppg in 2007-08), Lawrence Hill (15.7 ppg in 2006-07), Matt Haryasz (16.2 ppg in 2005-06), Dan Grunfeld (17.9 ppg in 2004-05), Josh Childress (15.7 ppg in 2003-04), Julius Barnes (16.0 ppg in 2002-03) and Casey Jacobsen (21.9 ppg in 2001-02).

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Former Cardinal standout Anthony Goods will participate in the USA Basketball Pan-American Games Team camp from Oct. 14-22. The final 12-man U.S. roster will be named at the conclusion of the camp.

The 2011 Pan-American Games, hosted in Guadalajara, Mexico, feature competition in 34 sports and disciplines from Oct. 13-30. Twenty-six current, former and incoming Stanford athletes will compete in over 13 sports, representing the United States and Canada.

Stanford athletes will participate, or are still attempting to qualify to compete, in men's basketball, men's and women's diving, men's and women's gymnastics, women's squash, men's and women's swimming, synchronized swimming, women's track, women's volleyball and men's and women's water polo.


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