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March 31, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Lopez twins heading to NBA

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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