The last few days have given us a couple of news items about Stanford basketball rookies: one a Stanford alumnus who is now an NBA rookie, and one a current Cardinal coming off of his freshman year on the Farm.
Let’s start with the news that freshman guard Anthony Brown has been selected (and has agreed to participate) as a member of the 2011 U19 World Basketball Championship Team training camp in late June. Officials from USA Basketball will select 12 of the 17 participating players to make up the actual U19 team representing the United States, which will compete in the tournament running from June 30 until July 10. Other players invited to the camp include Cal’s Allen Crabbe, Jeremy Lamb of UConn, and Tim Hardaway, Jr., of Michigan. In addition to being a personal honor for Brown, the training could help him improve before his sophomore season. Particularly in recent years, USA Basketball activities have greatly aided the development of young players, and played no small part in transforming Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant into the All-Everything scorer he is now.
On the pro side, Landry Fields ’10 was selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team yesterday. As Rule of Tree points out, Fields was the only second-round pick named to either the First or the Second Team, and the first Stanford alumnus named to the First Team since Brook Lopez earned the honor in 2009. Gary Neal, an undrafted player signed by San Antonio, joins Fields on the First Team, and was the only undrafted player on either squad. Fields also finished first among college graduates in the Rookie of the Year voting, trailing Kentucky one-and-dones John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins and dunk sensation Blake Griffin (the Rookie of the Year), the three of whom join Fields and Neal on the First Team.