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  Royce Youree
Royce Youree

Player Profile
Coalinga, Calif.

Last College:
B.A., Education, 1960 M.A. Education, 1963

Pac-10 Hall of Honor:
2009 Inductee


•A three-year starter who left ASU as the school's career scoring leader (1,036 points) and was the first player in school history to surpass 1,000 points. Earned B.A. in education from ASU in 1960 and his M.A., also in education, in 1963. ASU's 2009 inductee into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor.

•Made 362 career free throws, which stood as the school's all-time record for 45 years until Ike Diogu surpassed his mark during the 2003-04 season. It is the longest-standing record in ASU men's basketball history.

•Led the Sun Devils in free throw percentage all three seasons he played for ASU, and was the team's leader in scoring with 13.9 points per game in 1955-56.

•As a senior during the 1957-58 season, the first year for legendary head coach Ned Wulk, Youree helped ASU win its first Border Conference championship and receive its first bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devils secured the conference title in the regular season's final game, when Youree made two free throws with three seconds left give ASU a 78-76 win over Arizona. That game had a crowd of 5,100 fans, which was at the time the largest attendance for a basketball game in the state of Arizona.

•Named second-team All-Border Conference in both the 1956-57 and 1957-58 seasons.

•Inducted into the ASU Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, the 11th Sun Devil to earn the honor.

•Played three years of minor league baseball after his ASU career ended, and then went into basketball coaching in 1962 as an assistant at Phoenix's Maryvale High School. Became the head coach of Phoenix East High School in 1964, where he compiled a 5A record of 301-56 and won five state championships over 13 years. The Arizona Republic later named Youree its "Coach of the Century" and ranked five of his teams among the top 15 boys' "Teams of the Century."

•Coached the United States' 20-and-under team at the Junior Men's World Championships in Brazil in 1979. That team went a perfect 8-0 and won the World Championship, defeating Brazil 75-55 in the championship round.

•In 1982, became the co-coach at Mesa Community College, and he went 126-37 in five years there, including taking his team to a No. 3 national ranking in 1987. From 1988-1995, Youree coached in the Basketball Congress International (BCI), guiding teams of Arizona's top high school basketball players in competition against top challengers from across the country. Then, he spent two years as an assistant coach at the University of San Diego and seven years as a regional scout for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.

Arizona State Sun Devils Men's Basketball
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