NEW YORK -- The New Jersey Nets have landed a big man with
the 10th selection in the NBA draft, getting 7-footer Brook Lopez
Lopez had an outstanding sophomore season for the Cardinal
before he and his twin brother, Robin, entered the NBA draft. He
was named to the AP All-America Third Team and was a First Team
all-Pac-10 last season, averaging 19.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.1
blocks. He ranked fourth in the conference in scoring, fifth in
rebounding and third in blocks while starting 25 of his 27 games.
Lopez had to sit out Stanford's first nine games last season
after losing his academic eligibility. He made an immediate impact
upon his return, scoring at least 20 points 13 times and recording
nine double-doubles. He helped the Cardinal advance to the NCAA
Sweet 16 and scored 26 points with 10 rebounds against Texas in the
Lopez also had a strong freshman year, averaging 12.6 points,
six rebounds and 1.7 blocks. He recorded the first triple-double in
school history as a frosh, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds
and a school-record 12 blocks against Southern Cal.
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