Beginning Monday, June 21st,
2004 CHN began unveiling 144 Team previews in 144 Days. CHN ranked the
nations top 144 teams, and is unveiling one per day leading up until the
opening day of the 2004-05 Season.
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#30 Stanford Cardinal
2003-04: 30-2, 17-1, 1st
2003-04 postseason: NCAA Second
Losing the team’s top three
scorers and a head coach would normally leave a team in rebuilding mode.
Instead, former Stanford assistant coach and Nevada head coach Trent Johnson
steps into a situation with a very talented core of players who will look
ahead to 2004-2005 expecting the same success they had last season.
Who’s Out: Josh Childress
averaged 15.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists last year before heading
to the NBA with the 6th overall pick. It’s not just Childress
who will be missed though. Matt Lottich averaged 12.3 points and 3.5
assists his senior year in Palo Alto. A couple guys up front in Justin
Davis and Joe Kirchofer are also not returning this year. Davis scored 10.9
points and 6.6 rebounds last year. Kirchofer didn’t see too many minutes,
but was a good option off the bench scoring 3.8 points and grabbing 3.3
boards per contest.
Who’s In: The frontcourt
has depth problems behind projected starters Rob Little and Matt Haryasz.
Freshmen Taj Finger and Peter Prowitt need to step in and play a big role
off the bench. Finger, a 6-8 power forward, is a bit of a question mark.
He has some flashes of brilliance, but will have to make those flashes more
consistent to see a lot of minutes as a freshman. It is hoped that Prowitt
can give Little some rest or fill in when Little gets in foul trouble. The
6-10, 245 pound center has the potential to become a major player at
Stanford before his days in Palo Alto are done. Guard Tim Morris redshirted
last year and should be ready to step in and add some depth to the
Who to Watch: Stanford
could run an offense with two guards, two wings and Rob Little under the
basket at times. Dan Grunfeld and Nick Robinson would be on the wings with
Chris Hernandez running the point. Hernandez was one of the best point
guards in the conference last year. He should be even better as a senior,
but might have to create some more offense on his own without Josh Childress
on the floor. Last year the 6-2, Fresno product averaged 10.0 points and
4.3 assists per outing. Hernandez is a smart player and keeps the turnovers
down. He is an outstanding shooter and won’t hesitate to shoot if given the
Projected Conference Rank:
It won’t be a 30-2 season again for the Cardinal, but they have the talent
to hang around the top of the Pac 10. A 3rd place finish would
be a good follow-up to last years incredible run. With senior experience at
the point and center spots, Stanford can hold off younger teams like UCLA
and Oregon in the long run. Third in the Pac 10 is plenty good enough for
Trent Johnson to take his squad to the NCAAs.
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