2009-2010 Stanford Cardinal Basketball Preview
Last season was head coach Johnny Dawkins first with the Stanford Cardinal (20- 14 overall, 6- 12 Pac-10). The club, which went to the CBI in the post-season, played well outside of the Pac-10 but did poorly within the conference. This season, the Cardinal team will focus on rebuilding. That’s after losing two major point scorers responsible for 29.8 PPG. Although the team has been to the NCAA Tournament three times in the past five seasons, this year expect them to stay home.
The Cardinal team, which was overall average statistically, did not do well within their league. The team’s scoring offense was rated fourth (73.2 PPG), while their scoring defense was ranked sixth (68.6 PPG). In terms of scoring, the club hit 38% of their attempted threes, ranking them fourth. But from the field, they completed just 46% of their tosses for a ranking of seventh.
Senior forward Landry Fields (12.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.9 APG) played the small forward spot with aplomb last season. This year, coach Dawkins hopes that Fields can become the leader that this team needs. Forward/center Josh Owens (6.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.8 APG) had fine numbers versus non-conference teams but saw his output drop versus conference opponents. The frontcourt will include redshirted sophomore Andrew Zimmerman, who played for Santa Clara College and frosh Andy Brown. There are various unproven elements on this club. The frontcourt is sketchy.
Sophomore Jeremy Green (6.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.7 APG) managed to score double digits versus Pac-10 teams five times last year. He’s a fine wingman. The point looks to be occupied by various players, including senior Drew Schiller (2.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.5 APG), junior Da’Veed Dildy (0.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.3 APG) and sophomore Jarrett Mann (1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.6 APG). Freshman Gabriel Harris, who is a fine athlete in high school, will certainly see some playing time.
Stanford, who has seen three top players leave, welcomes an exceptionally small incoming class. The Cardinal club struggled last season in the Pac-10 and will do the same in 2009- 2010. This is a young, inexperienced team that lacks depth. Cardinal teams are not used to losing or finishing last but this year both of these outcomes look to be as close to certain as something can be.