Stanford Cardinal next season


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Posted by mh on June 11, 2018 at 07:57:55

The Cardinal finished in 5th place, and were something of an enigma last season. They had some good wins, but also lost at home to the likes of Cal and EWU, and also to Portland St and Long Beach St.

They return some players, but lost a lot.

GRADUATING


Minutes Points Rebounds Assists
Michael Humphrey 26 10 7 1
Dorian Pickens 34 15 4 2

TRANSFERRING


Minutes Points Rebounds Assists
Robert Cartwright 19 5 1 2
Reid Travis 34 20 9 2

Reid Travis led the team in scoring and rebounding. He also led the conference in administering bruises and broken noses. He leaves a HUGE hole to fill.

RETURNING


Minutes Points Boards Assists
Daejon Davis 31 11 4 5 So 4-star 50
Kezie Okpala 29 10 4 2 So 4-star 41
Oscar da Silva 24 6 5 1 So 3-star 98
Josha Sharma 10 4 2 0 Sr 4-star 128
Marcus Sheffield Out injured Sr 4-star 107

They have lost 3 of their top 5 scorers and their top 2 rebounders. They also lose 3 of their top 4 assist guys.

I think Davis and Okpala are terrific players, but they don't seem like enough to carry this team.

Marcus Sheffield will be back for his senior season, after missing last season with an injury. In his sophomore year he played 19 minutes a game scoring 7 points with 2 boards and 2 assists. He only shot 36% from the field.

RECRUITS (#28 class, #6 in Pac-12)


Cormac Ryan 4-star 57 CG Michigan, Notre Dame, Villanova, Florida....
Bryce Wills 3-star 137 SG Villanova, Cal, Maryland, Miami
Keenan Fitzmorris 3-star 218 C St John's, Texas Tech, Wichita St
Luka Kisunas 3-star 203 C Arizona, UConn, Illinois He is only 6'8", but listed as a center.

This class is a good example of why (like many people) I like to look at offers and not just star ratings. Ryan has a really nice list of schools for a 4-star. Wills looks like a pretty good 3-star.

The big problem is the lack of obvious instant impact players.

OTHERS

Cameron Walker, who was a medical redshirt last season, is leaving the team, but staying at Stanford.

OUTLOOK

I am not optimistic about Stanford next season. They lose a lot of production, and there are few obvious candidates to replace it.

They need scoring, rebounding, and assists. Perhaps Josh Sharma or da Silva can step it up a notch, and the freshmen can produce a lot. Okpala and Davis were 4-stars who probably exceeded expactations.

Another big question is who their backup point guard will be. Cartwright wasn't great, but he filled a need. After Okpala, no one averaged even 1 assist per game. (They do have a commitment from a 2019, 4-star PG who had offers from Indiana, Iowa, and Baylor.)

They were very inconsistent last season with a more talented roster. I expect Stanford will be worse next season. Bottom half or the Pac-12?



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