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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

September 8th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball


Stanford Cardinal

Overall Rank: #65

Conference Rank: #6 Pac-10


2005-06: 16-14, 11-7, 4th (t)

2005-06 postseason: NIT


It is not a good thing for Stanford when the returning leading scorer averaged 4.8 points per game last year.  Yet, there is more returning talent than meets the eye and a set of 7-0 twins heading to Palo Alto has Cardinal fans excited about the future.


Who’s Out: Matt Haryasz, Chris Hernandez, Dan Grunfeld and Tim Morris were the top four scorers on last year’s squad.  Haryasz was an underrated player in the paint, averaging a team high 16.2 points and 8.7 boards.  Hernandez was a solid shooter and Grunfeld could do a little bit of everything.  Morris has opted to transfer after averaging 5.0 points per game last season.  While it can be argued that this senior class underachieved throughout their careers, it is still a painful list of players to see leaving.  Roleplayer Jason Haas has also run out of eligibility after averaging 10.3 minutes per game during his senior campaign.


Who’s In: Brook and Robin Lopez are the new twin towers of the Pac-10.  The 7-footers are expected to contribute immediately and it wouldn’t be surprising if one, or both, of them were starting sooner than later.  Neither has great offensive skills yet, but they will both help out on the defensive end and in the rebounding department right away.  Brook, who can also play at the four, has a little more polished offensive skills.  Power forward Will Paul will provide some more depth up front.  Paul, at 6-9, 220 pounds, was once an oversized point guard and still possesses those skills.  Landry Fields will help fill in a gap at the shooting guard spot.  He’s a solid shooter, but will need to strengthen up a bit in order to fight for open shots.  Da’veed Dildy will see some minutes as the backup point guard.  The former quarterback has good leadership skills and vision and, with a little a more consistency on the jump shot, will become a solid contributor.


Who to Watch: Mitch Johnson and Anthony Goods had decent freshmen campaigns during the 2005-2006 season and they will both have to step up this year.  Johnson averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 assists in 20 starts and will have to become more of a team leader on the floor with the absence of Hernandez.  Goods only averaged 10.0 minutes per game last year and will see a drastic increase in playing time.  The 6-3 guard has a decent shot and can run the point as well.


Final Projection: Somebody has to step up and become the go-to scorer.  The Cardinal pretty much have a team of roleplayers, and are waiting for a star to emerge.  There are options for that in the frontcourt with Taj Finger, Lawrence Hill, Fred Washington and Peter Prowitt.  All have proven they can be big scorers, but consistency has yet to be seen.  Washington, who only played in six games as a junior due to injuries, could have a breakout season if the knee injury is behind him.  In the end, youth and inexperience will keep Stanford away from a big season, but at least that youth will turn into experience next year.


Projected Post-season Tournament: NIT


Projected Starting Five:

Mitch Johnson, Sophomore, Guard, 3.4 points per game

Anthony Goods, Sophomore, Guard, 2.7 points per game

Fred Washington, Senior, Forward, 3.5 points per game

Taj Finger, Junior, Forward, 4.8 points per game

Peter Prowitt, Junior, Center, 3.7 points per game

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