As we debate the recently released Men's Basketball All-Decade Team, The Bootleg
is proud to present this brief article by former Stanford basketball and
baseball coach Everett S. Dean as
it originally appeared in Editor Peter Grothe's outstanding, but
long-out-of-print 1952 compilation of essays, Great Moments in Stanford
Sports. The Bootleg is profoundly grateful to our longtime friend Mr. Grothe
for having given us specific permission to re-publish these wonderful,
long-forgotten articles, refresh the memories of our cagey
veteran followers, and open the stories up to a new generation of
"My All-Time Stanford Team"
By Everett S. Dean, former Head Coach, Stanford Basketball (1938-39 to 1950-51)
Everett Dean, who has been coaching 32 years, 14 of those at Stanford, is one of the few to be named to the Basketball Coach's Hall of Fame. He mentored Stanford basketball 12 years and is now head baseball coach. Dean's 1942 Stanford team took the national (NCAA) championship.
Here, he lists his all-time Indian team
Jim Pollard ………..6' 5"
Don Burness ……....6' 3"
Howie Dallmar …...6' 4"
George Yardley …..6' 5"
Eddie Tucker ……...6' 0"
Hank Luisetti ……...6' 3"
Jim Pollard had everything that makes a great player. He was fast, clever, and a good shot. He was great on both backboards, and in professional ball he was regarded as the best board man in the league. He was an excellent passer and ball handler.
Don Burness, co-captain of the 1942 team, was regarded as the smoothest and cleverest player of this time. He had the ability to make the offense click and was a tower of strength on the defensive boards.
George Yardley arrived during the last half of his senior year, and was not surpassed by any All-American that year. One year after graduation he was selected to the AAU All-American team. He could get higher off the ground than any other player in-the league and had some shots that there was no defense for.
Eddie Tucker gets my vote as being the fleetest player in his time. Eddie might be regarded as the finest shot on the starting team. His footwork and quick starting ability made him a most difficult player to guard.
On my other team, I would have forwards Forddy Anderson, Jim Walsh, Donnie Williams, and Dave Davidson; centers Ed Voss and Jim Ramstead; and guards Bill Cowden, Kenny Davidson, and Babe Higgins.
Although I came to Stanford the year after Hank Luisetti graduated, no all-time Stanford team would be complete without him, so I have added him to my starting five.
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