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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Friday, April 08, 2005

Hernandez recognized as MVP of Stanford men's hoop team Hernandez recognized as MVP of Stanford men's hoop team (April 08, 2005)

by Rick Eymer

Junior point guard Chris Hernandez, the acknowledged team leader for the Stanford men's basketball team all season, was officially recognized as the Cardinal's Most Valuable Player when he was presented the Hank Luisetti Award at the team's annual banquet Wednesday night.

Hernandez, a first team All-Pac-10 pick for a second straight season, averaged 15.2 points per game. He played 30 or more minutes in 27 of 30 games, including a string of 15 straight games to end the season. He scored a career-high 37 points in Stanford's 78-65 victory over UCLA, the most since Casey Jacobsen scored 41 points against Oregon during the 2001-02 season.

Hernandez, a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's best point-guard, also received first team honors on the National Association of Basketball Association (NABC) District-14 team, and to the Pac-10 All-Tournament team.

Hernandez was joined on the all-Pac-10 Academic first team by Stanford's Dan Grunfeld, Rob Little and Nick Robinson. Only Oregon State's Jim Hanchett kept it from being a Cardinal sweep.

Jason Haas was named to the second team.

It's the second straight year Stanford has placed five players on the team, and the first time four players have been named first team.

Grunfeld earned his second academic honor. Grunfeld, who has a 3.66 GPA in American Studies, was named second team Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine, and first team District-8 All-Academic.

Hernandez, also honored for a second straight season, has a 3.20 GPA in Sociology.

Little is also a repeat honoree. He carries a 3.21 GPA in Political Science/Philosophy. Little ended his four-year Stanford career fifth in career games (126). His career field goal percentage of .550 is tenth-best in school history. Robinson is a three-peat selection. Robinson, who owns a 3.41 GPA in Political Science/Sociology, is also a District-8 Academic first team selection by ESPN The Magazine.

Also at the team banquet, Robinson was awarded the Howie Dallmar Coaches Award for the third time in four years. The award is given to a player who displayed excellence on-and-off the court. During the past three seasons, Robinson started 67 games, and during that span, the Cardinal was 51-16 (.761).

Grunfeld received the Roy Young Toughness award and Most Improved Player award. Grunfeld scored 17.9 points a game this year after netting just 3.4 last season. That was the biggest jump by a Division I player this year. He missed Stanford's final nine games with a torn ACL in his knee.

Little was named Most Inspirational Player. He played in 126 games at Stanford, fifth-best in school history. Little ranks eighth in career blocks (81), tenth in career field goal percentage (.550), and helped lead Stanford to four NCAA Tournament appearances and one Pac-10 title.

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