#137 Stanford Men's Basketball 2018-2019 Preview

Stanford Cardinal
2018-2019 Overall Rank: #137
Conference Rank: #10 Pac-12
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Year two of the Jerod Haase era went relatively well. Stanford boosted their Pac-12 win total from six in 2016-2017 to 11 in 2017-2018. The Cardinal also went to the NIT, where they lost in their opener at Oklahoma State. But now there is some rebuilding to do. Stanford is without Reid Travis, Dorian Pickens and Michael Humphrey. Travis is an especially tough loss. He is transferring to Kentucky after averaging 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds last season at Stanford.
2017-18 Record: 19-16, 11-7
2017-18 Postseason: NIT
Coach: Jerod Haase
Coach Record: 33-33 at Stanford, 113-86 overall
Key Departed Players:
Reid Travis, Forward, 19.5 ppg
Dorian Pickens, Guard, 15.1 ppg
Michael Humphrey, Forward, 10.0 ppg
Robert Cartwright, Guard, 4.7 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Daejon Davis, Sophomore, Guard, 10.7 ppg
KZ Okpala, Sophomore, Forward, 10.0 ppg
Oscar da Silva, Sophomore, Forward, 6.2 ppg
Isaac White, Sophomore, Guard, 5.5 ppg
Josh Sharma, Senior, Center, 3.5 ppg
Kodye Pugh, Sophomore, Forward, 1.1 ppg
Trevor Stanback, Junior, Forward, 0.8 ppg
Marcus Sheffield, Junior, Guard/Forward, DNP last season
Key New Players:
Sam Beskind, Freshman, Guard
Keenan Fitzmorris, Freshman, Center
Lukas Kisunas, Freshman, Forward
Cormac Ryan, Freshman, Guard
Bryce Wills, Freshman, Forward
Despite losing three double digit scorers, Stanford does return two in Daejon Davis and KZ Okpala. Davis, a 6-3 point guard, averaged 10.7 points and 4.8 assists during his freshman campaign. He will be the new leader on this team and is an efficient scoring threat from everywhere on the floor. Okpala, also a sophomore, added 10.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in his debut season. He is a superb athlete and will turn into a very dangerous scorer with a little more consistency with his outside shot. Other sophomores like Oscar da Silva and Isaac White have plenty of potential and will be given the opportunity to take on a much larger role this season. The return of Marcus Sheffield, who averaged 6.7 points per game two years ago, will help on a team with very little experience. The group of freshmen, led by Bryce Wills and Cormac Ryan, need to be ready to contribute as well. If all the pieces can come together, Stanford could have a decent season again, but their youth and inexperience will cause some problems. The good news is that this talented group could be together for a couple more years.
Projected Postseason Tournament: CBI/CIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 75.9 (110th in nation, 6th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 74.9 (246, 9)
Field-Goal Percentage: 46.1 (99, 5)
Field-Goal Defense: 43.3 (139, 5)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.7 (272, 10)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 36.9 (85, 6)
Free-Throw Percentage: 68.5 (280, 11)
Rebound Margin: 5.7 (27, 2)
Assists Per Game: 13.4 (187, 9)
Turnovers Per Game: 15.0 (326, 12)

Madness 2018 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#60 Cormac Ryan
#99 Bryce Wills