- Robin Lopez
Infobox NBA Player
name = Robin Lopez
position = Center
height_ft = 7
height_in = 0
weight_lbs = 255
league = NBA
number = 15
birth_date = birth date and age|1988|4|1
birth_place = North Hollywood, California
nationality = American
highschool = San Joaquin Memorial
college = Stanford
draft = 1st Round, 15th overall
draft_year = 2008
Robin Byron Lopez (born
April 1 1988in North Hollywood, California) is an American basketballplayer. On June 26, 2008he was drafted by the NBA's Phoenix Sunsas the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He played basketball for the Stanford Cardinal, and he is the identical twin brother of former college teammate Brook Lopez, now playing for the New Jersey Nets.
Robin Lopez was born in
Lakeport, CAto Deborah Ledford and his now estranged father Heriberto Lopez, a native of Cuba. He was born into a life of basketball and art, as his grandfather played at the University of Colorado and his aunt was an architect residing in the Bay Area. Lopez moved from Hollywood, Californiato Oak Harbor, Washingtonwhile in second grade to be near his older brother, Alex, who was playing basketball at the University of Washington at the time. He moved to his current hometown of Fresno, Californiaa year later, where he attended San Joaquin Memorial High School. There, he played with his twin brother Brook Lopez, as well as current Washington standout Quincy Pondexter. Both teammates played with Lopez on their successful AAU team, the Elite Basketball Organization (EBO), along with Derrick Jasper of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Trevo'nn Willis of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Lopez was named MVP of the Adidas Superstar Camp Underclass All-Star game his junior year and to both the 2006 McDonald's All American team and the Parade All-American team his senior year.
Lopez was one of just three players for the Cardinal team to start all 31 games in the 2006-2007 season. He averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while averaging 24 minutes. [ [http://gostanford.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/lopez_robin00.html Robin Lopez's Stanford Player Bio] ] He led the team with 73 blocked shots, breaking the Stanford record for a freshman and recording the second highest single season record in Stanford history. This mark also was the highest in the entire Pacific 10 conference. With his twin brother, Brook, the two blocked more shots than seven Pac-10 teams. [ [http://www.pac-10.org/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/041007aab.html 2006-2007 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Wrap-Up] ] Lopez also had two double-doubles on the season.
Lopez had his 100th career block in a game versus Santa Clara University on December 19, 2007. In his sophomore season, Lopez achieved All Pac-10 Defensive Team honors while also being named an Honorable Mention to the All Pac-10 team. [ [http://www.pac-10.org/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/032608aaa.html Stanford Battles Texas Friday In NCAA Tournament Sweet 16] ] He was second in the Pac-10 in blocks for the season. With 83 blocks in his second season, Lopez moved into second place all time for career blocks by a Stanford player.
Lopez declared that he would enter the
2008 NBA drafton March 31, 2008, after just two seasons at Stanford. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2008/news/story?id=3322897 Robin, Brook to enter NBA draft after two seasons at Stanford] ] He was selected 15th overall by the Phoenix Suns. After being drafted by the Suns, Lopez said: "I was hoping I'd drop. I think I was the only person in the draft that was hoping he'd drop." [ [http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/PaulCoro/26635 Suns draft chatter (with updates)] ]
. [ [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/sioncampus/03/24/lopez.twins/index.html Life of a Lopez: A look inside the strange world of Stanford's 7-foot-1 twins] ]
* [http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/player/profile?playerId=31768 ESPN Player Profile]
* [http://gostanford.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/lopez_robin00.html Stanford Player Profile]
* [http://gostanford.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stan-m-baskbl-body.html Stanford Men's Basketball Main Page]
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