SOME THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SAI
--One of the best student-athletes in all of Sun Devil Athletics who already has notched his required MCAT score.
--LINK: "Dr." Tummala Slam Dunks MCAT Midseason (By Adriana Torres, SDA Intern/March 10, 2015)
.--LINK: ASU basketball notes: Tummala's intelligence, Holder's FTs (by Doug Haller, azcentral sports/ March 10, 2015)
--LINK: ASU men's basketball's Sai Tummala named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar (by Stefan Modrich, The State Press/April 16, 2015)
--LINK: For some ASU athletes, challenges include honors requirements (by Morgan Chan, Cronkite News/Nov. 13, 2014)
--LINK: To Tummala, There's not such thing as too much preparation (by Cassandra West, Diverse Magazine/April 16, 2015)
--Appeared in 14 games averaging 4.2 minutes in 2014-15.
--Played in 15 games, but didn’t log many minutes playing behind Shaquielle McKissic and Jermaine Marshall in 2013-14.
--A local product from Brophy Prep High School, Sai redshirted at Michigan in 2011-2012 and played at Salt Lake Community College in 2012-13.
--First name is pronounced "sigh" and his last name as "two-MAH-la."
--Coached by Todd Phillips at Salt Lake Community College, Sai received third-team NJCAA All-American honors and was a first-team All-Region 18 pick.
--Averaged 14.8 points while shooting 41 percent from the three-point line for a team that reached as high as fifth in the nation.
--Helped lead SLCC to a 29-5 record overall in 2012-13, including a 14-1 conference record and the regular season title in 2012-13.
--Earned first-team All-Metro, first-team All-Fiesta Region, and was a first-team Academic All-State pick.
--As a senior, Sai started in all 29 games and averaged 17.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks while leading Brophy to a 21-8 record and a 5A state runner-up finish. He scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Mesa High School.
--As a junior, Sai averaged 11.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks as Brophy went 18-11. He scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 11 boards against Salpointe Catholic.
--Son of Dr. Chandram and Padma Tummala.
--Sister, Shilpa, plays basketball for Harvard.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH SAI TUMMALA
Best player I have ever played against...James Harden
Most underrated player in the NBA...Chandler Parsons
Best part about Arizona State...Love the support I get here from faculty to help me achieve my goals.
Past Sun Devil athlete (any sport) you wish you could have watched compete...Pat Tillman.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career? My high school coach Tony Fuller.
Where is the most interesting vacation spot that you have visited? Southern India
Most underrated coach you have been around...Justin Allen. He really made me a confident player when no one else believed in me.