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March 31, 2008 5:23 PM

Lopez twins heading to NBA

Posted by Bob Condotta

The first of a number of decisions by underclassmen that will impact the future landscape of the Pac-10 has come down today as Stanford's Brook and Robin Lopez announced they will both declare for the NBA Draft.

Here's a story with details. Each just completed their sophomore season at Stanford.

It was no surprise that Brook turned pro after he dominated the conference this season. Robin's future seemed a little more in doubt as he doesn't have as refined an offensive game yet.

But Robin had some big performances late in the season including 18 points against Marquette in an NCAA tourney second-round matchup and some nonw feel he could be a first-round pick as well.

HoopsHype.com projects both as first-round picks in its most recent projection, Brook going fourth and Robin 19th.

Both were teammates of UW's Quincy Pondexter in high school at San Joaquin Memorial in Fresno and younger brothers of Alex Lopez, who played one season at UW in the mid-90s before transferring to Santa Clara.

The loss of both players will almost certainly drop Stanford back a bit next season as no team would have adequate replacements for twin 7-footers. Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News has a good breakdown of what Stanford might look like in the post-Lopez era (hint, a lot smaller and a lot more dependant on a comeback season from forward Lawrence Hill and improvement from Anthony Goods).


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Posted by 206er

5:51 PM, Mar 31, 2008

robin too?! why? o well sounds good to me. the more other teams lose, the better chance the huskies have of moving up.

Posted by grant

6:22 PM, Mar 31, 2008

Stanford will still return a lot of talent, but Brook AND Robin hurts bad. Without that shot blocking presence in the middle or the go to low post scorer, Stanford takes a step back next season.

Depending on who else declares, the Pac-10 standings may look completely different next year. Case in point: Arizona. If they keep all their guys, they have a legit shot at the league title with their incoming recruiting class (Jennings looked really talented in the McDonald's game) and the return of Lute. Either way, lots of room for the Dawgs tomove up next year.

Posted by junkman

6:31 PM, Mar 31, 2008

This puts Stanford squarely in the bottom of the conference next year. I believe Finger is a senior so all 3 big men will be gone. Expect a big dropoff from WSU, OR, Cal (assuming Anderson leaves), USC (assuming Mayo leaves), and possibly AZ. With even a little improvement from the way the Dawgs were playing at the end of the year (ie free throw shooting), they should be in the mix next season. I'm hoping for big things from Suggs.

Posted by AZ Dawg

10:11 PM, Mar 31, 2008

Assuming Love is gone and Leunen graduating, Brockman will have little challenge in the post, unless I'm missing something.

Posted by unfading passion

10:12 PM, Mar 31, 2008

Taylor King is leaving Duke, I really hope he doesn't come back home to a Pac-10 rival, that would suck.

Posted by Bob C.

10:13 PM, Mar 31, 2008

AZ Dog:
Brockman is a stud. As long as he gets the ball, it's lights out.

Posted by tj

2:05 AM, Apr 01, 2008

Grant, stop talking!!! Your a joke as a Husky representative......hello Husky fans....the Cougs arent going anywhere and they have a better coach..........Romar is decent but come on.......Bennett is the real deal.......I think Cougfan and Grant were lost at birth....some where in Stevens Pass!!

Posted by pattapit

11:08 AM, Apr 01, 2008

tj

Saying Bennett is a good coach at this point is like saying Romar was a better coach 2 yrs ago when we finished our 2nd sweet 16. When these people leave, this amazing group of guys (weaver, lowe, cowgill) see what happens you could easily be in our situation 2 yrs from now.

I happen to think both coaches are good, but you cannot say Bennet is good and Romar is not. Romar was in a better position than Bennet 2 yrs ago.

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