5 Stanford MBB players you should get to know

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By Ana Kieu

The Stanford men’s basketball season is just around the corner. The Cardinal’s home opener will take place on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. against the Montana Grizzlies. But, until then, let’s learn more about the Cardinal, who were projected to finish 10th in the Pac-12 preseason poll.

Here are five Stanford men’s basketball players you should get to know, courtesy of GoStanford.com.

1. Rodney Herenton

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Who or what inspires you and why?
My parents inspire me. They have work ethics that are unmatched and are always trying to improve in some way.

What part of your game did you work on the most this offseason?
My jumpshot.

What’s your favorite class at Stanford?
Real Estate Development and Finance.

Do you have any nicknames?
Rod Rod.

You’re stranded on a deserted island and can only listen to one album for eternity. Which album do you pick?
“Views” by Drake.

2. Neal Begovich

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What are you most excited about this season?
Competing and winning games together as a team.

What part of your game did you work on the most this offseason?
My body. Trying to get stronger and faster. Also, continuing to work on defense.

Is there any significance behind your jersey number?
21 is the same number my late father wore when he played at Cal.

Who or what inspires you and why?
My family and my father. I want to live on the legacy of my dad and make him proud.

What’s a fun fact about one of your teammates?
Ty makes dance videos.

3. Keenan Fitzmorris

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What’s your favorite class at Stanford?
Genes, Memes and Behavior, or Public Speaking.

Is there any significance behind your jersey number?
I’m the youngest in a family of six. My family is really important to me, and I want to wear something that represents them. I have always had double digit numbers, and six times two is twelve, so I decided on that. My sister wears number twelve too, so it makes it even more cool to me!

Who or what inspires you and why?
I’m inspired by my family, and generally by people who have stood up for their beliefs and values despite adversity. People like Muhammad Ali, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. come to mind.

You’re stranded on a deserted island and can only listen to one album for eternity. Which album do you pick?
“21” by Adele.

What’s a fun fact about one of your teammates?
Spencer is one step away from becoming a certified Eagle Scout.

 4. James Keefe

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What are you most excited about this season?
Getting on the court with my brothers and winning games!

What part of your game did you work on most this offseason?
I worked most on my body and especially spent a lot of time in the weight room.

What’s your favorite class at Stanford?
Principles of Economics.

Is there any significance behind your jersey number?
I idolize TJ Leaf who wears 22.

You’re stranded on a deserted island and can only listen to one album for eternity. Which album do you pick?
“Illmatic” by Nas, “Rodeo” by Travis Scott, and “In Between Dreams” by Jack Johnson.

5. Sam Beskind

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What is your favorite class at Stanford?
Perspectives on the Good Life.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
My favorite sport to watch on TV is tennis.

Who or what inspires you and why?
My mom, because she was a walk-on at the University of Washington for high jump and she still holds the record there and is in the hall of fame. She is also the kindest person I know.

You’re stranded on a deserted island and can only listen to one album for eternity. Which album do you pick?
“Scorpion” by Drake.

What’s a fun fact about one of your teammates?
Isaac White gets 5+ sample cups every time he gets froyo.

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