Men’s basketball’s sophomore forward Kezie “KZ” Okpala officially declared his eligibility for the NBA draft on Wednesday night, submitting his name to the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee. Okpala, whose name has been tossed around in lottery-pick mock drafts all season, has the chance to be the first Stanford player drafted in the lottery since Robin and Brook Lopez in 2008.
After four years on the Farm, Stanford forward Alanna Smith is headed to the Phoenix Mercury as the eighth overall selection in the WNBA draft. Smith, who was born in Hobart and grew up in Melbourne, Australia, was the first international recruit of Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer. Now, as the highest-drafted Australian out of college, she will be playing for a fellow Australian, Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello.
No. 25 Stanford women’s gymnastics heads out to Oregon today for the NCAA Corvallis Regionals, a three-day affair with nine of the best teams in the nation. Stanford most recently clinched 195.925 points after a series of clutch performances in the Pac-12 Championships, but came up short at 7th place. Stanford is best described as…
After phenomenal showings at the Pac-12 conference championship and the NCAA championship, freshman Taylor Ruck was named the Pac-12 Swimming Freshman of the Year and classmate Carolina Sculti was tabbed for the Pac-12 Diving Freshman of the Year.
In a tale of two halves, No. 2 Stanford (31-4, 15-3 Pac-12) could not keep up with the nation’s premier offense, as No. 1 Notre Dame (33-3, 14-2 ACC) downed the Cardinal 84-68 in the Elite Eight with a 58-point second half. The Irish will advance to face UConn in the Final Four.
The men’s swimming and diving team concluded its season at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas over the break. Affected by injuries, the team finished in 15th place. Despite the less than ideal finish, 11 swimmers and divers combined for 17 All-America honors, and senior Abrahm DeVine captured another individual title for the Cardinal.
Stanford men’s wrestling (9-4, 2-1 Pac-12) concluded its season on March 21 at the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh. Although no Cardinal managed to place at the tournament, and only redshirt sophomore Nathan Traxler came in as a top-10 seed, Stanford has had a season like no other — smashing records, claiming titles and transforming into a team that will never be forgotten in the annals of Pac-12 wrestling history.
Six members of the Stanford fencing team competed at the NCAA Championships co-hosted by Cleveland State and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission from March 21-24 in Cleveland. Stanford produced 51 points to finish 12th overall.