Everett Dean's All-Time Stanford Team

Everett S. Dean (1898-1993), Stanford's head basketball coach from 1938-39 to 1950-51, is the only coach named to both the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Dean may be gone, but he's certainly not forgotten. Through the miracle of The Bootleg, we are proud to bring his memory back to life and add to the current discussion of Stanford's all-time hoops greats.

Editor's Note: 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 Cardinal fans.

"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 abilit
y 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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