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Stanford loses expected starting PG Cartwright for season

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With Chasson Randle having moved on, sophomore point guard Robert Cartwright was expected to slide into the starting point guard position for Stanford this season. However injury has led to a change in plans, as Stanford announced Wednesday that Cartwright will miss the entire season after suffering a compound fracture of his right arm in practice on Monday.

Cartwright is the fourth Stanford player to be hit by injury ahead of the upcoming season, with three of those players being expected contributors on the perimeter.

Malcolm Allen, who redshirted last season with a broken wrist, reinjured the wrist during the team’s summer trip to Italy. Marcus Allen, Malcolm’s twin brother and a starter in 23 games last season, is expected to be out of the lineup until December due to a stress fracture in his foot. Also expected back in December is center Grant Verhoeven, who only played in eight games last season due to a hip injury and is currently sidelined after re-aggravating a heel injury suffered in the spring.

That’s quite the list of sidelined players for a team that has to account for the losses of Randle, fellow guard Anthony Brown and center Stefan Nastic from last year’s Postseason NIT champion squad.

With Cartwright out of the lineup it remains to be seen who can take the reins for Johnny Dawkins’ team. Senior Christian Sanders and sophomore Dorian Pickens are the available holdovers on the perimeter, but neither would be classified as a point guard and the same can be said for freshman guard/forward Marcus Sheffield.

Among the games on Stanford’s schedule in November are SMU (November 19), Saint Mary’s (November 22) and Villanova (November 26).

Italy trip comes at good time for young Stanford team

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Stanford’s second Postseason NIT title in four season this past spring also marked the end of an era in Palo Alto. Seniors Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown and Stefan Nastic all played their final game in a Stanford uniform that March night in New York City, meaning that Johnny Dawkins has some large holes to fill within his 2015-16 rotation.

With that being the case, it’s probably a good thing that the Cardinal can take an overseas trip this summer. The NCAA allows teams to do so once every four years, and with Stanford’s most recent trip coming in 2011 they’ll be hitting the road next month. Stanford’s headed to Italy, where they’ll play six games against Italian pro teams (two play in Lega Basket Serie A, and two others play in Serie A2) between August 25 and September 2.

Prior to leaving the country they’ll spend some time sightseeing and practicing in Washington, D.C.

“Our foreign tour to Italy will be an amazing cultural and team-building experience,” Dawkins said in the release. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the art and culture of ancient Rome, Florence and Venice. This will help us improve on the court as we get the chance to compete against other teams, in addition to off the court, as we strengthen our bonds as friends and teammates.”

Those exhibitions should be valuable for a team looking to determine primary scoring options after losing their top three scorers to the professional ranks. Among the players who will be asked to contribute more are redshirt junior forward Rosco Allen (7.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg), junior guard Marcus Allen (6.4, 3.5) and sophomores Michael Humphrey, Reid Travis and Robert Cartwright.

The group that will now be sophomores, which includes shooting guard Dorian Pickens, will figure more prominently in the Stanford attack than they did last season with Travis and Humphrey (who both missed time last season due to injury) being the most likely breakout candidates. Add in a three-member recruiting class led by four-star center Josh Sharma, and Stanford won’t lack for young talent.

The question is which player(s) emerge as leaders for this group, and that’s something that can be determined during Stanford’s trip to Italy.

Stanford freshman forward out indefinitely with stress fracture

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Through ten games Stanford freshman forward Reid Travis is one of three players to have started all eleven games for the Cardinal, with guard Chasson Randle and center Stefan Nastic being the others. The McDonald’s All-American is averaging 7.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, leading the team in rebounding.

Friday it was announced by head coach Johnny Dawkins that Travis has been sidelined indefinitely due to a stress fracture. Where the stress fracture is located was not revealed in the school release.

Travis is one of three players averaging between 6.4 and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Cardinal, with Nastic (6.4 rpg) and Anthony Brown (6.7 rpg) being the others. As a team Stanford is ranked second in the Pac-12 in offensive rebounding percentage (36.1%) and sixth in defensive rebounding percentage (72.0).

Without Travis have a noticeable hole to fill in their front court rotation, with classmate Michael Humphrey being one option to absorb some of those minutes. Humphrey’s played an average of just 9.6 minutes per game this season, accounting for 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per contest.