#77 Stanford Men's Basketball 2021-2022 Preview

Stanford Cardinal
2021-2022 Overall Rank: #77
Conference Rank: #7 Pac-12
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Stanford ended last season with five straight losses. They still managed to finish the year with a winning record, but that is not the momentum the Cardinal hoped to have heading into the 2021-2022 campaign. With four key contributors gone, Coach Jerod Haase will need to rely more heavily on younger players more than most teams will this season. However, Stanford does have the talent to make some noise in the Pac-12.
2020-21 Record: 14-13, 10-10
2020-21 Postseason: None
Coach: Jerod Haase
Coach Record: 82-73 at Stanford, 162-126 overall
Key Departed Players:
Oscar da Silva, Forward, 18.5 ppg
Ziaire Williams, Forward, 10.7 ppg
Daejon Davis, Guard, 10.3 ppg
Bryce Wills, Guard, 7.5 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Jaiden Delaire, Senior, Forward, 12.5 ppg
Spencer Jones, Junior, Forward, 8.2 ppg
Michael O’Connell, Sophomore, Guard, 6.7 ppg
Lukas Kisunas, Senior, Forward, 3.3 ppg
Noah Taitz, Sophomore, Guard, 3.3 ppg
Neal Begovich, Sophomore, Forward, 2.3 ppg
Max Murrell, Sophomore, Forward, 2.3 ppg
Brandon Angel, Sophomore, Forward, 1.8 ppg
James Keefe, Junior, Forward, 1.3 ppg
Key New Players:
Harrison Ingram, Freshman, Forward
Jarvis Moss, Freshman, Guard
Maxime Raynaud, Freshman, Forward
Isa Silva, Freshman, Guard
Jaiden Delaire is the lone double-digit scorer returning. The 6-9 senior tallied 12.5 points and 4.1 rebounds and is a dangerous scorer both inside and out. Fellow forward Spencer Jones added 8.2 points and 3.9 rebounds and connected on a team high 46 three-pointers. Senior Lukas Kisunas and sophomores Neal Begovich, Max Murrell and Brandon Angel will add some more options to the frontcourt, but the best option will likely be McDonald’s All-American Harrison Ingram. The 6-8 freshman can handle the ball extremely well for somebody his size and can score from anywhere on the floor. The frontcourt will seem very different without Oscar da Silva and Ziaire Williams, but they could be just as good. Michael O’Connell is suddenly the veteran in the backcourt. The sophomore averaged 6.7 points, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals and was the only player listed as a guard that was a regular starter last season. Noah Taitz and incoming freshmen Isael Silva and Jarvis Moss should provide the backcourt enough depth. Coach Haase must rely quite heavily on many unproven freshmen and sophomores, but once again, Stanford should have a frontcourt that can dominate the Pac-12 and enough potential talent on the perimeter to make them a tough out.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 69.7 (211th in nation, 9th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 69.6 (151, 9)
Field-Goal Percentage: 46.4 (55, 4)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.6 (72, 3)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 5.4 (321, 12)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.2 (248, 12)
Free-Throw Percentage: 71.7 (147, 6)
Rebound Margin: 0.0 (183, 8)
Assists Per Game: 12.3 (231, 9)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.9 (286, 11)
Madness 2021 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#14 Harrison Ingram
#63 Isael Silva