April 15, 2011
2010-11 Final Record: 15-16, 7-11 Pac-10 (T7th)
Stanford closed out the 2010-11 campaign at 15-16 overall while tying for seventh place in league play at 7-11. Fielding a team without a senior for the first time in school history, the Cardinal experienced the inconsistencies associated with a roster in which underclassmen accounted for 10 of the 15 spots. Despite being predicted to finish ninth in the Pac-10, Stanford surpassed its win total from the previous season while its overall record dipped below the .500 mark only twice.
Awards Banquet Concludes 2010-11
Jeremy Green and Josh Owens each walked away with four awards, highlighting Stanford's annual awards banquet. Green earned the Hank Luisetti MVP award, capping a season in which he was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team. Owens was named the Most Inspirational Player, leading the Cardinal in rebounding and ranking second in scoring in his return to the hardwood after redshirting the previous year. Andrew Zimmermann was the third recipient of the Captains award. Jarrett Mann captured a pair of honors, receiving the Roy Young Toughness award and the Best Defensive Player award for the second straight season. Josh Huestis snagged the Most Improved Player award, while fellow rookies Anthony Brown and Dwight Powell shared the Howie Dallmar Coaches award. Statistical awards included the following: scoring (Jeremy Green- 16.7 ppg), rebounding (Josh Owens- 6.5 rpg), three-point field goal percentage (Jeremy Green- 42.9), field goal percentage (Josh Owens- 58.0), assists (Jarrett Mann- 4.2 apg) and free throw percentage (Aaron Bright- 88.9). Meanwhile, John Gage was recognized for attaining the team's highest GPA.
Stanford Falls In Pac-10 Tournament Play-In Game
Participating in the tourney's play-in round for just the second time in school history, eighth-seeded Stanford dropped a 69-67 decision to ninth-seeded Oregon State. Jared Cunningham scored 24 points, including 15-20 free throws, as Oregon State won the rebounding battle 42-41 and cashed in from the charity stripe by making 25-35 attempts. Jeremy Green scored a game-best 25 points, with 20 of those coming after halftime. The Cardinal was victimized by a cold-shooting first half, shooting just 4-34 (11.8 percent) from the field. Stanford was 19-28 from the foul line and 8-24 from three-point territory.
Green Tabbed All-Pac-10 First Team, One Of Four Selections
Jeremy Green earned a spot on the 10-member All-Pac-10 First Team while Josh Owens received Honorable Mention recognition, highlighting Stanford's selections. Rookies Anthony Brown and Dwight Powell were named to the All-Freshman Team, giving Stanford four all-league selections for the first time since 2008, when Anthony Goods, Mitch Johnson, Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez were honored by the conference. A three-time All-Pac-10 performer, Green was named to the First Team for the first time in his career after earning Second Team honors last year and Freshman Team accolades in 2009. Owens became an all-league pick for the first time in his career.
Stanford Leads Pac-10 With Three All-Academic Picks
Juniors Josh Owens, Jack Trotter and Andrew Zimmermann were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team. For the second consecutive season, Stanford had the most selections (3) of any Pac-10 school. Trotter was named to the First Team, Owens was appointed to the Second Team and Zimmermann earned Honorable Mention accolades. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor. Trotter is a two-time recipient, also earning Second Team honors last year. Owens and Zimmermann were honored for the first time in their careers.
Breaking Down The Roster
Five upperclassmen (juniors Jeremy Green, Jarrett Mann, Josh Owens, Jack Trotter, Andrew Zimmermann) represented Stanford's veteran core for the 2010-11 season. Green, Owens and Zimmermann were named tri-captains by head coach Johnny Dawkins. Gabriel Harris was the only true sophomore on the roster while redshirt freshman Andy Brown was unavailable after sustaining a third ACL injury to the same knee. Otherwise, Stanford's roster featured eight true freshmen (six scholarship, two walk-ons).
Home Sweet Home
Stanford is 51-16 in its last 67 home games dating back to the start of the 2007-08 campaign that ended in an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. Stanford was 11-5 at home this year, representing the 18th straight year reaching the 10-win mark at Maples Pavilion.
For the 10th straight year, a different player led Stanford in scoring. Jeremy Green closed out the year 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).
Freshman Class Production Leads Pac-10
During the second half of Stanford's contest against USC back on Feb. 19, head coach Johnny Dawkins employed an all-freshman lineup for the first time this year. No worries there, as Stanford received more production from its rookies in 2010-11 than any other Pac-10 squad. Stanford's 2010-11 roster included eight true freshmen, highlighted by a six-player, top-20 national recruiting class featuring Aaron Bright, Anthony Brown, John Gage, Josh Huestis, Stefan Nastic and Dwight Powell. Every player with the exception of Nastic, who played in five games before suffering a season-ending injury, participated in at least 20 games. 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).
Rookies Make History Along The Way
For the first time in school history, two Stanford freshmen (Anthony Brown, Dwight Powell) were awarded at-large spots on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. The 2001 and 2002 Pac-10 All-Freshman squads featured two Cardinal rookies, but only with Honorable Mention status. Even the school's freshman record book required some rewriting. Anthony Brown's 42 three-pointers rank third, behind Casey Jacobsen (74) and Jeremy Green (47). Dwight Powell's 26 starts tie John Revelli for the third-most in school history among rookies, trailing only Robin Lopez (31) and Brevin Knight (28). Meanwhile, Powell's 5.2 rebounds per game clip ranks sixth. Aaron Bright's 61 assists were good for the sixth-best total all-time among freshmen.
Season Marked By Defensive Improvement
Stanford allowed 65.2 points per game, a figure that ranked second in the Pac-10 behind USC and 88th in the nation. The lower percentage represented a difference from the last two seasons in which opponents averaged 69.9 and 68.8 points per game, respectively. Stanford held five opponents to less than 50 points, a feat the Cardinal had accomplished only once during head coach Johnny Dawkins' first two seasons combined.
It's A Known Fact: "D" Stops "O"
Strong defensive play proved to be the difference in Stanford's signature win of the year (and arguably over the last three seasons): a 58-56 upset of No. 17/18 Washington on Jan. 13. The Huskies entered that game boasting a high-octane offense that was averaging 88.9 points per game while shooting 49.1 percent overall. Meanwhile, Stanford's early-season success was due to a stout defense allowing only 60.0 points per game. In a classic "offense vs. defense" battle, Stanford prevailed 58-56. In addition to being held almost 30 points below its average, Washington's 56 points and 36.2 percent shooting were season-lows and the Huskies committed 15 turnovers. Josh Owens led three Cardinal players in double figures with 14 points while Stanford was 14-21 from the charity stripe.
Green Climbs Three-Point Charts
After breaking Casey Jacobsen's single-season record for three-pointers made (93) as a sophomore, Jeremy Green continued to climb in the Stanford record books. Green tallied a career-high seven three-pointers against Oregon State in the season's final game, moving into second place on Stanford's all-time three-point field goals list with 228. Dion Cross (1992-96) holds the record with 241 treys.
Green Paces Cardinal Offense
The Pac-10's fifth-leading scorer at 16.7 points per game, Jeremy Green also ranked second in the league in three-point field goals made at 2.8. Green scored in double figures in all but five games, scored at least 20 points in 13 games and led Stanford in scoring 19 times. Green shot 42.3 percent overall, 42.9 percent from three-point territory and 79.4 percent from the free throw line while averaging 3.4 rebounds per game. Over the season's final 10 games, Green averaged 21.4 points per game while shooting 54.0 percent overall, 52.9 percent from beyond the arc and 82.7 percent from the foul line.
12 In A Row From Deep!
During a four-game stretch in early February, Jeremy Green connected on 12 consecutive three-pointers, a streak that ranks second-best in NCAA history. Green made a triple in the final seconds of a loss to Arizona on Feb. 3, finished 5-5 against Arizona State (Feb. 5) and Washington State (Feb. 10), and nailed his first attempt against Washington on Feb. 12. The all-time record is 15 consecutive three-pointers, accomplished by Northwestern's Todd Leslie during a four-game stretch from Dec. 15-28, 1990.
Owens Makes An Impact In Return
Stanford's frontcourt received a much-needed boost with the return of Josh Owens, who redshirted the 2009-10 campaign by sitting out the year due to a medical condition. Owens led the team in rebounding (6.5 rpg) and blocks (29), while ranking second in scoring (11.7 ppg) and steals (25). He tallied six double-doubles and scored in double-figures 21 times, while his shooting percentage of 58.0 ranked fourth in the Pac-10. Owens finished with a career-high 31 points against Oregon on Feb. 26, becoming only the 11th post player in school history to score at least 30 points in a game, with the most recent being Brook Lopez (30 against Marquette on Mar. 22, 2008).
Mann Holds Down The Point, Stuffs The Stat Sheet
Joining Jeremy Green and Josh Owens as the only players to start all 31 games, Jarrett Mann wrapped up another solid season as Stanford's floor general. Mann averaged 4.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, led the club with 30 steals and maintained his reputation as the club's best defender. Mann's stat line against Washington State on Feb. 10 (career-best 11 assists, seven points, four rebounds) capped a three-game string of terrific all-around performances. In a span of three games, Mann established a career-high total in three different categories: eight rebounds against Arizona on Feb. 3, then 14 points against Arizona State on Feb. 5 and finally 11 assists versus Washington State on Feb. 10.
Chasson Randle Signs National Letter Of Intent
Chasson Randle has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cardinal in 2011-12. A point guard from Rock Island, Ill., Randle (6-1, 170) led Rock Island High School to its first state title in school history and finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Named co-Mr. Basketball in Illinois, Randle was also recognized as the Gatorade Illinois Basketball Player of the Year and Illinois Basketball Services large-school Player of the Year. A three-time Class 3A All-State First Team selection, Randle was also tabbed a first-team selection by the Associated Press, Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. One of the top combo guard prospects in the country, Randle also won a gold medal with USA's U17 team at the 2010 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. A member of the AAU squad Illinois Wolves, Randle also attended CP's Point Guard Academy in 2010.
Landry Fields Leads New York Knicks' Resurgence
After producing one of the most memorable seasons in school history, Landry Fields turned out to be a fixture in the starting lineup for the New York Knicks after being taken as the 39th overall pick in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft. The only Knick player to appear in all 82 games, Fields started a team-best 81 games while averaging 9.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during the regular season. Fields' success at the season's midway point earned him a spot in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge game during All-Star weekend.
Road Unkind In Conference Play
Wins at Arizona State, Washington State and Oregon were a welcomed sight for Stanford, which is just 6-21 on the road in Pac-10 play dating back to 2009. Stanford swept its Oregon/Oregon State road trip last season to finish 2-7 on the road in conference play, following a 1-8 mark in Pac-10 road games during the 2009 season.
John Gage = Efficiency
Despite only playing in 20 games and 166 minutes, John Gage's season average (pro-rated totals based on a 40-minute game) actually ranked him as one of Stanford's most efficient players: 4.1 three-pointers per game (first), 18.1 points per game (second behind Jeremy Green's 20.5) and 6.0 field goals per game (third after Josh Owens' 7.0 and Green's 6.8).