Several NCAA rules have changed this year regarding preseason basketball practices. In the past, only four players at a time have been able to work with coaches on the court in "individual workouts" between the start of school and the mid-October start of regular season official practices. That dinosaur has been wiped off the books, and now the entire team can practice for a total of two hours per week with the coaching staff. Stanford has taken advantage by employing three 40-minute practices per week the last few weeks, which gets an earlier start on team chemistry and the principles Trent Johnson wants instilled with this group. The traditional Friday night midnight start to regular season official practices, giving life to "Midnight Madness" events across the country, has also changed this fall. Recognizing the strain physically and academically that midnight practices produce, the NCAA has moved the start of official full practices to 7:00 PM this evening.
In advance of the exciting start to what should be an electric year for Cardinal Basketball, we sat down this week with Hernandez. He gives a glimpse at his personal anticipation for this season, as well as some insight into what the team has achieved the last few weeks in their pre-preseason practices. The fifth-year senior had a busy off-season as well, testing the waters of the NBA Draft in the spring and winning a gold medal alongside Matt Haryasz for Team USA at the 2005 World University Games in Izrik, Turkey. Hernandez talks about all this, and much more, exclusively with The Bootleg.
Chris Hernandez Scout Profile
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