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Oscar da Silva

School

Stanford University

Position
Forward
Major
Biology
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Classroom

Da Silva owns a 3.48 cumulative GPA. While majoring in biology with an emphasis on biochemistry and biophysics, Da Silva also works in stem cell labs on campus with Dr. Michael Longaker. Da Silva presented research at a conference in Baltimore and is listed as a published author in a research paper: “A Clearing Technique to Enhance Endogenous Fluorophores in Skin and Soft Tissue.”

He is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree and earned NABC Honors Court recognition.

Character

Da Silva is a two-year team captain and 2020 recipient of the “Spirit of Stanford Award,” which is presented to a charismatic student-athlete who excels at their sport and is an effective leader on and off the field. Furthermore, this student-athlete is an exemplary teammate, active across campus and in the community, and embraces the values of Stanford University. Da Silva has been a key contributor during all four years on campus and leads the team in floor burns, which are hustle plays when a player dies on a floor (for a loose ball or taking a charge).

Da Silva, a native of Munich, Germany, is fluent in six languages: English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin.

Community

Da Silva has participated in a plethora of volunteer events with Stanford basketball, such as the “adoption” of a child cancer survivor from Stanford Children’s Health. In past years, the child would come to practices and games and hang out with the players, whom Da Silva was one of.

He has also volunteered with the program at the Ronald McDonald House, serving and eating dinner with families residing there.

Competition

During the early portion of the 2020-21 season, Da Silva leads the Pac-12 in scoring (19.3 ppg), field goal percentage (66.3), and free throws made (43). Prior to the start of the season, Da Silva earned preseason first team All-PAC 12, 2020 Naismith Player of the Year, Wooden Trophy National Player of the Year, and Karl Malone Power Forward of the year Watch List recognition.

In 2019-20, da Silva earned first team All-PAC 12 honors and led Stanford to a 20-win campaign. Da Silva also has two career Pac-12 Player of the Week honors (2/3/2020 and 12/21/2020).

Da Silva is in the top ten in Stanford program history in blocks and will likely end up in the top 20 in scoring, where he currently has 1,176 points.