Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - April 29, 2011

Stanford's Green declares for the NBA Draft

by Rick Eymer

Jeremy Green may not return to the Stanford men's basketball team next season. Then again, he may. It all depends on what happens between now and May 8.

That's the deadline for Green after Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins announced that Green, a junior guard, had made himself eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft.

Green will not hire an agent at this time in order to maintain his NCAA eligibility. The last day for underclassmen to withdraw from the draft and maintain eligibility is May 8. The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 23.

"This is an exciting opportunity for Jeremy as he explores his options regarding the NBA," said Dawkins. "Jeremy is an important part of our program and has continued to show improvement while establishing himself as one of the top players in our league. We look forward to providing support as he gathers information during this process."

The Pac-10's fifth-leading scorer in 2010-11 at 16.7 points per game, Green also ranked second in the league in three-point field goals made at 2.8. A two-time All-Pac-10 selection, Green scored in double figures in all but five games and led Stanford in scoring 19 times. Green shot 42.3 percent overall, 42.9 percent from three-point territory and 79.4 percent from the free throw line while averaging 3.4 rebounds per game. Over the season's final 10 games, Green averaged 21.4 points per game while shooting 54.0 percent overall, 52.9 percent from beyond the arc and 82.7 percent from the foul line.

After breaking Casey Jacobsen's single-season record for three-pointers made (93) as a sophomore, Green continued to climb in the Stanford record books. Green tallied a career-high seven three-pointers against Oregon State on Sept. 9 in the season's final game, moving into second place on Stanford's all-time three-point field goals list with 228. Dion Cross (1992-96) holds the school record with 241 treys.

In 97 career games and 62 career starts, Green has averaged 13.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 41.5 percent overall, 41.3 percent from three-point territory and 80.6 percent from the foul line.

Golf

Stanford hosts the Pac-10 Conference men's championships beginning Friday at the Stanford Golf Course.

The conference tournament features five teams ranked among Golfweek Sagarin's Top 25, including No. 3 UCLA and the 20th-ranked Cardinal.

Stanford's Andrew Yun ranks second nationally and UCLA's Patrick Cantlay is third. Cal's Eric Mina is the defending conference champion.

"We are honored to host the premier conference championship in collegiate golf at Stanford Golf Course," said Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "Stanford Golf Course will provide an amazing test of golf for a very talented field. Competition will be fierce."

Stanford last won a conference title in 1994.

Meanwhile, the 24th-ranked Stanford women's golf team found out on Monday afternoon that it was headed to the NCAA Central Regional.

Senior golfer Piper Miller celebrated by singing the national anthem before the Cardinal baseball game against California on Monday night.

Stanford is seeded eighth in the 24-team regional, to be played at the Warren Golf Course in South Bend beginning May 5. UCLA is the region's top seed,

Sophomore Kristina Wong is familiar with the course, having shot rounds of 71 and 72 there during last year's U.S. Women's Public Links Championship.

The top eight teams, along with the top two individual golfers not on a qualifying team, advance to the NCAA championships at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.

Stanford finished fifth at last week's Pac-10 championships and placed sixth in last year's NCAA tournament.

Tennis

With their respective NCAA tournaments getting under way in just two weeks, the Stanford men's and women's teams will make their final tuneups at the Pac-10 Championships that began Thursday in Ojai. The four-day tourney will provide a golden opportunity for at least two Stanford players.

Stanford junior Bradley Klahn and Cardinal senior Hilary Barte have a little unfinished business to take care of this weekend. Both lost in their respective singles finals at last season's Pac-10s.

Klahn fell in the finals to USC's Robert Farrah, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) while Barte dropped a 6-4, 7-5 decision to Yasmin Schnack of UCLA. Barte and partner Lindsay Burdette also lost in the doubles finale.

Klahn heads into this week's conference event ranked No. 9 in the country while Barte comes in No. 3. Barte and sophomore Mallory Burdette are ranked No. 2 nationally in doubles, the same ranking that Klahn and Ryan Thacher earned in this week's Campbell/ITA College Tennis Ranking.

Both Stanford teams are ranked higher this season than last prior to Pac-10s. The men, No. 7 last season, are No. 6 after moving up two spots. The women, No. 9 at this point last year, are No. 1 with a 23-0 mark.

Women's water polo

Stanford junior Melissa Seidemann was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Mikasa Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.

Seidemann, who won the honor for the second time in her career, became Stanford's fourth player to earn the weekly honor this season.

Seidemann recorded her fifth hat trick of the season Friday night in top-ranked Stanford's 17-5 victory over visiting San Jose State. Seidemann is second on the team with 40 goals.

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