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  James Harden
James Harden

Player Profile
Hometown:
Los Angeles, Calif.

High School:
Artesia H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 218

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
08/26/1989

Experience:
2V

2008-09 Honors:
Consensus First-Team All-American; Pac-10 Player of the Year

07/07/2012

Former Sun Devil Hoops Star James Harden Named to 2012 U.S. Olympic Team

Harden helped lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals this year and was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year

06/08/2012

How Has A Sun Devil Done In Past NBA Finals? We Think We Have It Covered...

Some research has us coming up with this...

05/10/2012

13 Things To Know About @JHarden13, The NBA Sixth-Man Of The Year

Sun Devil consensus All-American earns award as Thunder awaits next opponent.

05/04/2012

From ASU To USA Via OKC James Harden Added As Finalist For 2012 USA Basketball National Team

The consensus 2008-09 All-American continues to impress at the next level and is second-youngest player on roster.

07/23/2012

James Harden Career Photo Gallery

James Harden Career Photo Gallery

03/07/2009

Sun Devils Close Regular Season with Romp over Bears

Sun Devils Close Regular Season with Romp over Bears

02/12/2009

Sun Devils Sink Bruins, Again

Sun Devils Sink Bruins, Again

11/30/2008

UTEP vs. Arizona State

Anaheim Classic - November 30, 2008

01/09/2008

Sun Devils 64, Arizona 59 - Jan. 9, 2008 - AP Game Photos

Sun Devils 64, Arizona 59 - Jan. 9, 2008 - AP Game Photos

--James Harden Named To USA Olympic Basketball Team (by Brad Denny, HouseofSparky.com/July 7,2012)

--James Harden Says It 'Feels Great' To Play With Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook on Team USA (Sports Nation/July 9, 2012)

--James Harden continues rise, will represent U.S. at Olympics (Tucson Citizen/July 8, 2012)

--Harden took unique path to Team USA and the 2012 Olympics (LasVegasSun.com/July 7, 2012)

--Harden growing into his game (by Justin Verrier, ESPN.com/May 31, 2012)

--The Many Faces of Harden (by Jordan Conn, Grantland.com/May 29, 2012)

--Standing Out and Blending In (by Howard Beck, New York Times/May 26, 2012)

Click here for a list of ASU's list of NBA Draft selections

James Harden Career Game-by-Game Statistics in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

James Harden newspaper clips in PDF Format (10 pages) Get Acrobat Reader

Old-school Harden will sneak up on you (ESPN.com/May 15, 2009)

Harden will be a big task for Cats (Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 21, 2009 (PDF Format)

Late bloomer Harden blossoms in Arizona sun (ESPN.com by Mark Schlabach/November 26, 2008)

James Harden Q & A (Athlon Sports Preseason Issue/October, 2008)

James Harden feature in POST Magazine (October of 2008) in PDF Format

Arizona State's Harden keeping himself busy (Rivals.com, July 10, 2008)

James Harden featured in SLAM (May, 2008)

Arizona State's Harden qualifies for elite company (Los Angeles Times, Jan. 29, 2008)

How did James Harden's freshmen year compare with other Sun Devil greats? Click on this link to check out the ASU freshman records

James Harden's 2008-2009 ACCOLADES
Associated Press First-Team All-American
NABC First-Team All-American
Sporting News First-Team All-American
NCAA Consensus First-Team All-American District IV (west coast) Player of the Year (U.S. Basketball Writers)
FOXSports.com First-Team All-American
CBSSports.com First-Team All-American
Basketball Times All-American
Dick Vitale All-America Team
First-Team All-Pac-10
James Harden's 2007-2008 ACCOLADES
First-Team All-Pac-10
Second-Team Freshmen All-American by Rivals.com
Freshmen All-American by collegeinsider.com
Second-Team Freshmen All-American by CollegeHoops.net
Fifth-Team All-American by Scout.com (Frank Burlison)
Entered Arizona State as the most coveted signee in school history (first McDonald's All-American to sign with ASU out of high school since 1984) and left after two years as the most decorated, as James Harden is the first Sun Devil to earn consensus first-team All-America honors with his play in 2008-2009. Became the third Sun Devil to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year, joining Eddie House (1999-2000) and Ike Diogu (2004-2005), and earned first-team honors from Associated Press, Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers Association, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Basketball Times among many others. Posted at least 20 points in 34 of 69 career contests, and ASU was 27-7 in those games (14-4 in 2008-2009). The year prior to Harden's arrival ASU was 8-22 and lost 15 straight, since stepping onto campus he led ASU to back-to-back 20-win seasons (21-13 in 2007-08 and 25-10 in 2008-09) for the first time Jimmy Carter gave up his seat to Ronald Reagan (officially on Jan. 20, 1981) as ASU was 24-4 in 1980-81 and 22-7 in 1979-80. Also led ASU to a 5-0 mark against Arizona in his two seasons, the first time ASU had won five straight against the Wildcats since a nine-game streak from 1979-83. Shot 13-of-23 from the floor (.565) and averaged 19.5 points in two wins over UCLA, ASU's third sweep of UCLA in the Sun Devil's 31-year Pac-10 history. Led ASU to 11-7 Pac-10 home mark in his two years, in the previous four years, ASU was 9-27 in Pac-10 home games. Became just the fifth player in Pac-10 history to lead the league in scoring (20.1 ppg.) and steals (1.69 per game) when he accomplished the feat in 2008-2009, and he also led the league in steals in each of his two seasons with 132 in his career. In 69 career games, Harden led ASU in scoring 46 times, in rebounding 21 times and in assists in 29 times. Led league in scoring (20.1), 20-point games (18) and steals per game (1.69) and was eighth in the league at 4.2 assists per game in sophomore year (2008-09). Became just the third sophomore in Pac-10 history to earn Pac-10 Player of the year joining Jason Kidd (1993-94) and Mike Bibby (1997-98). Exploded for 40 points against UTEP in Anaheim Classic on Nov. 30, 2008, tied for the fifth-best scoring night in ASU history, on 14-of-25 shooting. Was 16-of-21 from the free throw line in win over Brigham Young on Dec. 20, 2008. Posted 36 points at Oregon on Feb. 5, 2009, the most by a Pac-10 player all season. The most famous Sun Devil southpaw since Phil Mickelson and the youngest player in the Pac-10 in 2007-08, the tattoo-less Harden was all that was advertised and more in his freshman season (2007-2008). Even though he only turned 18 in late August, he earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors and the other four honorees are collecting NBA first-round paychecks. Not only was he a great freshman, but he had to be a great freshman leader as his Sun Devil classmates made a league-leading and school record 96 starts and played more than 47 percent of the minutes, yet team still posted 13-win turnaround from previous year, tied for best in the nation. Fox Sports Arizona enjoyed a 196 percent ratings increase from the previous season. Had an ASU freshman record 16 20-point games (tied for third-best in the Pac-10, and included five straight from Dec. 29-Jan. 17, a first for an ASU freshman). His 17.8 points per game is eighth-best in Pac-10 freshman history (fifth in the Pac-10 overall) and he led the Pac-10 with 73 steals. Averaged 18.2 points (tied for fifth) and 5.1 boards in Pac-10 games. Was second on the team with 110 assists, including a 3.5 per game mark in the league. The first freshmen in league history with 70 steals and a 17.0 points per game average. Set the Pac-10 tournament record with seven steals against USC (March 13), the most steals by a Sun Devil since 2008 NBA World Champion Eddie House had seven vs. Kansas State on Nov. 24, 1998, in the Maui Invitational. Harden's 73 steals tied for fourth-best in school history and was just three shy of the ASU record of 76 set by Fat Lever in 1981-82. Was ranked as high as 11th-best in the nation (Rivals.com) out of high school and is from same high school that produced Ed and Charles O'Bannon and Jason Kapono. Led team to 33-2 record in senior year and second straight state title by averaging 18.8 points, 7.9 boards and 3.9 assists en route to trophy-case full of Player of the Year honors. Averaged 18.8 points, 7.7 boards and 3.5 assists in junior year as state title team went 33-1 and he shot nearly 60 percent from the floor. Also averaged 13.2 points in sophomore year as team went 28-5.

McDONALD'S ALL-AMERICANS AT ASU REVIEW:
Arizona State has had three McDonald's All-Americans in its history prior to Eric Boateng and James Harden joining the program last year. Byron Scott (1979), Chris Sandle (1984) and Jamal Faulkner (1989). Boateng earned the honor in 2005 and then transferred to ASU after attending Duke in 2005-06 while Harden earned the honor in 2007. Jamal Faulkner attended prep school prior to attending Arizona State (1990-1992) and transferred to Alabama. Chris Sandle transferred to UTEP after playing at ASU for two seasons (1984-1986).

PAC-10 CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICANS (1978-79 to Present)
1978-79, David Greenwood, UCLA
1980-81, Steve Johnson, OSU
1987-88, Sean Elliott, ARIZ
1988-89, Sean Elliott, ARIZ
1989-90, Gary Payton, OSU
1991-92, Harold Miner, USC 1993-94, Jason Kidd, CAL
1994-95, Damon Stoudamire, ARIZ; Ed O'Bannon, UCLA
1997-98, Mike Bibby, ARIZ; Miles Simon, ARIZ
1998-99, Jason Terry, ARIZ
2000-01, Casey Jacobsen, STAN
2001-02, Sam Clancy, USC
2002-03, Jason Gardner, ARIZ
2003-04, Josh Childress, STAN
2005-06, Brandon Roy, WASH
2006-07, Arron Afflalo, UCLA
2007-08, Kevin Love, UCLA
2008-09, James Harden, ASU

SUN DEVIL 40+ POINT GAMES
61-Eddie House at California (2 OT), Jan. 8, 2000
46-Eddie House vs. San Diego State, Dec. 18, 1999
45-Paul Williams at USC, Mar. 10, 1983
42-Eddie House vs. Penn State, Dec. 29, 1999
40-James Harden vs. UTEP, Nov. 30, 2008
40-Eddie House vs. UCLA, Feb. 17, 2000

SUN DEVIL SEASON 30+ POINT GAMES
Eddie House-8 (1999-2000)
Ike Diogu-6 (2004-05)
James Harden-5 (2008-09)
Ike Diogu-5 (2003-04)
Eddie House-4 (1998-99)
Stevin Smith-4 (1992-93)
Byron Scott-4 (1982-83)
Kurt Nimphius-4 (1979-80)

SUN DEVIL SINGLE-GAME FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
23-Ike Diogu vs. Western Michigan, Dec., 30, 2003
23-Mario Bennett vs. Washington St., Feb. 5, 1995
22-Ike Diogu vs. Oregon State, Jan. 24, 2004
21-James Harden vs. BYU, Dec. 20, 2008
21-Ike Diogu vs. Delaware State, Nov. 23, 2004
21-Dave Graybill vs. San Jose St., Dec. 17, 1955

SUN DEVIL CAREER STEALS
1. 258 - Eddie House, '96-2000
2. 246 - Stevin Smith, '90-94
3. 236 - Lafayette Lever, '78-82
4. 202 - Ron Riley, '92-96
5. 158 - Jeremy Veal, '94-98
6. 153 - Alton Mason, '98-01
7. 150 - Byron Scott, '79-83
8. 141 - Marcell Capers, '92-95
9. 136 - Steve Beck, '83-87
10. 132 - James Harden, '07-09

SUN DEVIL SEASON TOTAL POINTS
1. 736 - Eddie House, 2000
2. 724 - Ike Diogu, 2005
3. 713 - Byron Scott, 1983
4. 704 - James Harden, 2009
5. 666 - Jeremy Veal, 1998

SUN DEVIL SEASON FREE THROWS MADE
1. 248 - Ike Diogu, 2005
2. 243 - Ike Diogu, 2004
3. 204 - James Harden, 2009
4. 180 - Ike Diogu, 2003
5. 173 - Freddie Lewis, 1966
6. 169 - James Harden, 2008

SUN DEVIL SEASON FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
1. 311 - Ike Diogu, 2005
2. 298 - Ike Diogu, 2004
3. 270 - James Harden, 2009
4. 245 - Ike Diogu, 2003
5. 234 - Mario Bennett, 1995
6. 224 - James Harden, 2008

SUN DEVIL CAREER SCORING AVERAGE
1. 21.4 - Ike Diogu, '02-05
2. 19.2 - Seabern Hill, '67-70
3. 19.0 - James Harden, '07-09
4. 18.2 - Joe Caldwell, '61-64
5. 17.5 - Byron Scott, '79-83

SUN DEVIL CAREER FREE THROWS
1. 671 - Ike Diogu, '02-05
2. 373 - James Harden, '07-09
3. 366 - Jeff Pendergraph, '05-09
4. 362 - Royce Youree, '55-58

25 WINS: ASU posted 25 wins for the first time since the 1974-75 team led by Lionel Hollins went 25-4. ASU's school record for wins is 26 set in 1962-63 (26-3). ASU also won 24 games in 1980-81 (24-4). That 1980-81 team had three starters become NBA first round draft picks in Fat Lever (21st pick in 1981), Fat Lever (11th pick in 1982) and Byron Scott(fourth pick in 1983).

MOST WINS
1. 26 - 1963
2. 25 - 2009; 1975
4. 24 - 1995; 1981
6. 23 - 1962; 1961
8. 22 - 1980
9. 21 - 2008
10. 20 - 2003; 1991

SUN DEVIL ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICANS
James Harden, 2009 (first-team)
Ike Diogu, 2005 (second-team)
Lionel Hollins, 1975 (third-team)

SUN DEVIL ASSOCIATED PRESS HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICANS
James Harden, 2008
Ike Diogu, 2004 and 2003
Eddie House, 2000
Jeremy Veal, 1998
Mario Bennett, 1995
Stevin Smith, 1993
Trent Edwards, 1989
Steve Beck, 1987
Byron Scott, 1983
Lafayette Lever, 1982
Alton Lister, 1981
Byron Scott, 1981
Art Becker, 1963

ASU FRESHMEN POINTS PER GAME
1. Ike Diogu, 2002-03, 19.0
2. James Harden, 2007-08, 17.8
3. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91, 15.4
4. Byron Scott, 1979-80, 13.6
5. Ron Riley, 1992-93, 13.0
6. Eddie House, 1996-97, 12.6
7. Mario Bennett, 1991-92, 12.5
8. Christian Polk, 2006-07, 12.0
9. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06, 10.9
10. Steve Beck, 1983-84, 10.9

SUN DEVIL PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMEN SELECTIONS
James Harden, 2007-08
Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06
Ike Diogu (Freshman of the Year), 2002-03
Eddie House, 1996-97
Ron Riley, 1992-93
Mario Bennett, 1991-92
Dwayne Fontana, 1990-91
Jamal Faulkner (Freshman of the Year), 1990-91
Chris Sandle, 1984-85
Steve Beck, 1983-84
Byron Scott (Freshman of the Year), 1979-80

Year G-GS Min-Avg FG-A Pct FG3-A Pct FT-A Pct Rb-Avg F-D Ast To Bk St Pts-Avg
07-08 34-33 1150-34.1 196-372 .527 44-108 .407 169-224 .754 179-5.3 72-2 110 89 19 73 605-17.8
08-09 35-35 1254-35.8 221-452 .489 58-163 .356 204-270 .756 195-5.6 99-4 148 118 11 59 704-20.1
Totals 69-68 2412-35.0 417-824 .506 102-271 .376 373-494 .755 374-5.4 171-6 258 207 30 132 1309-19.0
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