When coach Mike Montgomery bolted for the Golden State Warriors
last week, Stanford players and assistants were left in the
lurch on a critical recruiting week-end. "As a player talking to
a recruit, it's hard to say, 'This is how it's going to be,'
because we don't know how it's going to be,'" said senior Joe
Kirchofer on Friday.
AD Ted Leland moved quickly to find a replacement. On Sunday and
Monday he interviewed former Cardinal assistant Trent Johnson,
who led Nevada to this year's Sweet 16, and a source told SI that
Johnson would be named coach on Tuesday. While on the Stanford
staff from 1996 to '99, Johnson helped shape the '97-98 Final
Four team and was instrumental in recruiting Casey Jacobsen and
Justin Davis. The swift hiring should keep the Cardinal in the
running for prize recruits Bobby Frasor, a 6'3" guard from
Chicago; 6'7" forward Lawrence Hill of Glendale, Ariz.; and
Anthony Goods, a 6'3" guard from Corona, Calif. --Kelli Anderson