Robin Lopez, son of Deborah Ledford and Heriberto Lopez, was born in 1988 in North Hollywood, California. Robin comes from a basketball family. Older brothers Chris and Alex both played at the prep level before Alex moved on to college basketball at Washington and Santa Clara. Twin brother Brook currently plies his trade with Robin in Milwaukee. Robin spent two years playing with Brook at Stanford, averaging 8.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game over 67 career contests. Lopez won the Maurice Lucas Award while with the Trailblazers in 2014, given by the organization to the player who "best represents the indomitable spirit of Maurice Lucas through his contributions on the court and in the community, as well as in support of his teammates and the organization". This was in recognition of his work on the Read BIG Campaign. Lopez partnered with Portland Public Schools "to inspire young students to develop an early love for reading as part of PPS' efforts to help all Portland kids learn to read by 3rd Grade." An avid reader, Lopez credits his mother - a teacher - for pushing him to find a love for literature at a young age. Lopez and his twin brother Brook became the second set of twins to play for Stanford (after Jason and Jarron Collins). Robin was installed as a starter as a defensive presence by coach Trent Johnson and started all 31 games as a first-year player. He set a Stanford freshman record with 73 blocks while averaging 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Lopez started 30 of 36 games as a sophomore and produced 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. The center was named to the All-Pac-10 Defensive squad and finished his Cardinal career with the second-most blocks in school history. He led the team back to the NCAA Tournament where he registered 14 points, four rebounds and five blocks in the first-round win over Cornell. He also tallied 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a victory over Marquette. After two years with Stanford, Lopez declared for the 2008 Draft.