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Men's Hoops Notes As Season Begins Nov. 10 At 5:30 p.m. Vs. Central Arkansas
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Oct. 31, 2012

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SUN DEVIL HOOPS SEASON TO START AS EARLY AS EVER
Arizona State starts its 2012-13 men's hoops season on Saturday, Nov. 10, vs. Central Arkansas at 5:30 p.m. MT on the Pac-12 Networks, and its five returning lettermen, four returning starters and six newcomers will match the earliest start date in school history. Seniors Carrick Felix, Chris Colvin and Ruslan Pateev return along with starters from last year Jordan Bachynski and Jonathan Gilling, and they welcome three redshirts from last year who practiced (Jahii Carson, Evan Gordon and Bo Barnes) but could not play, along with front line newcomers Kenny Martin and Eric Jacobsen, both Arizona High School products. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network with Jim Watson and Matt Muehlebach on the call, as well on the radio at 860 AM in Phoenix with Jeff Munn and Kyle Dodd.

VIDEO LINK: Jahii's highlight video has more than 490,000 views. See it here...

A QUICK NUGGET ON EACH GUY TO GET YOU STARTED
Here is one quick piece of Sun Devil data on each player...senior Carrick Felix (B.S. Communications, 2012) is a big key to the Sun Devils in 2012-13. Consider this: he averaged 14.4 points in Sun Devil wins last year and 8.8 losses. How important are those 5.6 points per game? ASU's scoring margin in 31 games last year was -5.3 points per game...senior Chris Colvin averaged 8.7 points and 5.0 assists in the final 15 games last year...senior Ruslan Pateev has 67 career blocks in 79 games entering his senior season...junior Jordan Bachynski averaged 10.1 points and shot .643 from the field in the final 13 games last year...how much better was sophomore Jonathan Gilling from December to February and March of last year (his freshman season)? He averaged 8.8 minutes in the first eight games and 9.0 points in his final 22 games...freshman Jahii Carson sat last year but could practice, and everyone is anxious to watch the 5-10 point guard from nearby Mesa, Ariz., a top-50 recruit from the class of 2011. He averaged 32.2 points per game in senior year and in his final high school game he dropped 58 in state semifinal playoff game...junior Evan Gordon led the Liberty Flames in scoring with 14.4 points per game (eighth in the Big South) in his sophomore year (2010-11) before transferring to ASU and enters this year with 832 career points...sophomore Bo Barnes hit 57 three-pointers at Hawaii in 2010-11, setting a freshman school record, and had five three-pointers four times...freshmen Eric Jacobsen and Kenny Martin are both local products with solid upside on the low block.

THIS FEELS EARLY
ASU opens it season on Saturday, Nov. 10, against Central Arkansas in Tempe at 5:30 p.m. MT (Pac-12 Network), matching the earliest starting date in school history. ASU lost to Tulsa 69-67 in Raleigh on Nov. 10, 2000, and opened on Nov. 11 last season. How much has college hoops scheduling timeline changed in the past two decades. Nov. 10 marks Coach Sendek's earliest opener (prior was Nov. 11, 1997, as NC State beat #19 Georgia in East Rutherford, N.J.). As a point of reference, ASU's first game 20 seasons ago in 1982-83 was Nov. 26 and in the year it joined the Pac-10 (1978-79) it was Nov. 24. Herb's first game as a head coach in his first season at Miami of Ohio? A 108-68 win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Nov. 27, 1993. Coach is 16-3 in season openers in his career and 3-3 at ASU.

EARLIEST SEASON OPENERS IN SUN DEVIL HISTORY
Nov. 10, 2012--Central Arkansas at Arizona State/5:30 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Networks
Nov. 10, 2000--Tulsa 69, ASU 67 (Raleigh, N.C.)
Nov. 11, 2011-- ASU 78, Montana State 72

COACH SENDEK'S EARLIEST SEASON OPENERS
Nov. 10, 2012--Central Arkansas at Arizona State/5:30 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Networks
Nov. 11, 2011: ASU 78, Montana State 72
Nov. 11, 1997: NC State 47, #19 Georgia 45 (East Rutherford, N.J.)
Nov. 13, 2009: @ASU 87, Western Illinois 35
Nov. 13, 2006: Northern Arizona 75, @ASU 71

ABOUT THAT EARLY START DATE: ABOUT THOSE TRANSFERS
The Sun Devils have two players ready to play this year who have shown the ability to make three-pointers on the D-I level, but unfortunately both of them had to watch the game in a polo shirt last year. Evan Gordon, a 6-1 guard, averaged 14.4 points per game as a sophomore at Liberty in 2010-11 and made 112 three-pointers in his two-year Flames career. Bo Barnes, a 6-4 wing from Scottsdale Christian in Arizona, averaged 6.9 points per game at Hawaii in 2010-11 and was one of only two players to appear in all 32 games. He made more three-point field goals (57) than any freshman in school history and buried at least five three pointers in a game on four separate occasions.

LINK: Read about Bo and Evan and how they played the waiting game last season...

HOW GOOD OF A PAC-12 SEASON DID JON HAVE?
It is not a stretch to say that Jonathan Gilling was snubbed for the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team last year. When taking into account the 18 Pac-12 games only last year, here is where he ranked among freshman:

PAC-12 FRESHMAN LEADERS (PAC-12 GAMES ONLY)
MINUTES PER GAME
Tony Wroten, WASH (32.1)
Jon Gilling, ASU (31.9)

THREE-POINTERS MADE PER GAME
Chasson Randle, Stanford (46)
Jon Gilling, ASU (42)

THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE
Chasson Randle, Stanford (.434)
Jon Gilling, ASU (.416)

POINTS PER GAME
Tony Wroten, Washington (16.0)
Chasson Randle, Stanford (14.0)
Spender Dinwiddie, CU (10.0)
Askia Booker, CU (10.0)
Jon Gilling, ASU (9.2)

NOTES ON JAHII
Son of Vanae and Jonathan Carson, Jahii Carson is rumored to have dunked at 13 while being only 5-3 and it is hard to doubt that. He has big-time hops and energy in his 5-10 frame...ASU's top in-state recruit in decades as he was a 2011 Parade Magazine Second-Team All-American and the Arizona Republic Big Schools Player of the Year...racked up Arizona first-team honors from all over...set New York City holiday tournament record with 36.3 ppg in three games in December of 2010...set Mesa High School season marks for points per game (32.2) and assists (6.6) after setting records in junior year (23.7 ppg./5.6 assists)...team was 21-6 in senior season and advanced to Class 5A state semifinals...also averaged over two steals per game in senior season...led team to 25-5 mark in junior season...how about these numbers for Jahii in the 2011 Class 5A state tournament...58-point effort in a semifinal loss to Phoenix Brophy Prep (25-of-38 from field)...37-point outing in first round win over Tucson...38 points, five assists, four boards and four steals in 72-66 quarterfinal win against Mountain Pointe.

NBA STANDS FOR NEW BASKETBALL ASSISTANTS
A three-time conference Coach of the Year entering his 20th season as a college head coach, the 49-year old Coach Sendek went the NBA route to fill his staff this August, as he has named Eric Musselman and Larry Greer as assistant coaches, the first time since the spring of 2008 Coach Sendek had to hire an assistant coach. Greer spent the past five seasons working with Nate McMillan at the Portland Trail Blazers an assistant coach (2011-12) and advance scout (2007-2011). Musselman just recently finished earning league Coach of the Year honors with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League. His squad had eight NBA call-ups and won the regular season title with a 38-12 record, including wins in 21 of the final 23 games. He also coached the Venezuela National Team in 2011 and 2012 at the Pre-Olympics in Argentina while his 2011 team averaged a tournament-best 94.8 points per game. His NBA experience includes leading the Sacramento Kings to a 101.3 points per game scoring mark in 2006-07, eighth-best in the league as the Kings sold out every home game. In 2002-03 he was second in NBA Coach of the Year voting as he led the Golden State Warriors to their two best seasons in ten years, including a 51-31 (.622) home record. The Warriors were the most improved team in the league with 17 more wins and the second-leading scoring team in the league at 102.4 points per game. He has served as an assistant coach under Mike Fratello (Memphis), Lon Kruger (Atlanta), Chuck Daley (Orlando) and Doc Rivers (Magic).

VS. THE OPPONENTS
ASU has never faced Central Arkansas, Florida A&M, Cornell or Wisconsin...Sun Devils are 4-2 vs. Creighton... No. 1 seeded Razorbacks beat the Bill Frieder-coached Sun Devils in the 1991 NCAA Tournament in Atlanta, 97-90.

LAS VEGAS
The Sun Devils will take part in the Las Vegas Invitational Nov. 18, 20 and 23-24. Its first two games will be in Tempe, as it will take on Florida A&M on Sunday, Feb. 18 and then host Cornell on Feb. 20. It will then take on Arkansas on Friday, Nov. 23 and meet either Wisconsin or Creighton on Nov. 24. ASU is 10-6 under Coach Sendek in regular season tournaments, including 8-6 in neutral site regular season tournaments. It was 1-2 in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando last year, 2-1 in the Great Alaska Shootout in November of 2010, 1-1 at Madison Square Garden in November of 2009 in NIT Season Tip-Off, 2-1 in the 76 Classic at Anaheim in November of 2008 and 2-1 in the 2007 Maui Invitational.

STAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW
In the past 13 seasons (1999-2000 to present), no program has had more Pac-12 Players of The Year than Arizona State. Eddie House won the award in 1999-2000, Ike Diogu took home the honor in 2004-05 and James Harden won the award in 2008-09. California also has had three, while UCLA has had two and five other schools have had one.

TOUGH TO SCORE
In his 606-game head coaching career, only three teams have scored 100 points against Herb Sendek. No team has posted triple digits against a Sendek-led team in the past 332 games. The last team to do it was top-ranked Duke on Feb. 14, 2002 (108-71 at Cameron).

SUPER QUICK RECAP FROM 2011-12
Sixth-year Sun Devil coach Herb Sendek and the Arizona State men's hoops team (10-21; 6-12 in Pac-12) finished the season by winning its two final Pac-12 regular season games, including an 87-80 win over Arizona on March 4. The Sun Devils battled some injuries throughout the year, as no Sun Devil played in all 31 games and the team's leading scorer missed six games in the middle of the Pac-12 season. After posting just three 20-win seasons in the previous 25 seasons, ASU has posted three 20-win seasons under 2009-10 Pac-10 Coach of the Year Herb Sendek in his six years. ASU was 8-22 in Coach Sendek's first year (2006-2007), but is 90-74 (.548) in past five and giving up just 62.4 ppg. in his 194 games as Sun Devil head coach.

ABOUT THE TURNOVERS FROM LAST YEAR
It has been said that last year's ASU turnovers (16.3 per game) was an anomaly based on its ranking in the Pac-10 and nationally the past few years with Derek Glasser and Jamelle McMillan handling the ball. Here is a nugget to back that fact up...in the previous two seasons combined (2009-2011), ASU averaged 12.05 turnovers in 64 games, the best mark in the league.

JORDAN NOTES
Last year then sophomore Jordan Bachynski scored a career-high 20 in Feb. 2 game at Stanford and had 19 vs. USC on Feb. 26, and if you take a look at his final 13 games in 2011-12 his improvement was solid as all of his stats compared to the first 18 games were off-the-chart good. One area of improvement was his free throw shooting. He entered the Stanford Feb. 2 game 20-of-50 (.400) for the season and 40-of-90 (.444) in his career, but was 10-of-12 (.833) in that game. He had seven double-figure scoring games in the final 13 games. Another good note on his free throw improvement is that in his final nine games, as he was 33-of-47 (.702) at the charity stripe, in the first 21 games he was 20-of-50 (.400).

FINAL 13 GAMES/FIRST 18 GAMES FOR JORDAN
POINTS PER GAME: 10.1/2.8
FIELD GOAL PCT: 45-70 (.643)/18-39 (.462)
FREE THROW SHOOTING: 41-63 (.651)/12-34 (.353)
REBOUNDS PER GAME: 5.9/2.5

COACH OF YEAR
The Pac-12 has five current coaches who have earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Herb Sendek earned it in 2009-10, while Sean Miller (2010-11), Lorenzo Romar (2011-12, 2008-09 and 2004-05) and Ben Howland (2005-06) earned kudos at their school. Mike Montgomery did it four times at Stanford (2003-04, 2002-03, 1999-2000 and 1998-99).

600/350
The Feb. 11, 2012, ASU-Colorado game was Coach Sendek's 600th game as a head coach. His first game was on Nov. 27, 1993, when the 30-year old mentor led Miami (Ohio) to 108-68 win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene in Oxford. Included on his staff that year were Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter and Arizona head coach Sean Miller. Coach Sendek also earned his 350th career win on Feb. 9 vs. Utah, as he is the third-youngest active coach with 350 Division I wins. He will turn 50 on Feb. 22, 2013.

GILLING PAC-12 MINUTES/OVERALL THREES
Jonathan Gilling averaged 31.9 minutes in Pac-12 play in his freshman season. That ranked seventh in Sun Devil freshmen history and there are some Sun Devil studs in front of him. Gilling also made 55 three-pointers on the year, fifth-best by an ASU freshman.

SUN DEVIL FRESHMEN MINUTES PER GAME PAC-10/12 GAMES
1. James Harden, 2007-08 (35.9)
2. Ty Abbott, 2007-08 (34.8)
3. Byron Scott, 1979-80 (34.2)
4. Ike Diogu, 2002-03 (33.3)
5. Derek Glasser, 2006-07 (32.2)
6. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 (32.1)
7. Jonathan Gilling, 2011-12 (31.9)

SUN DEVIL FRESHMEN THREE-POINTERS MADE
1. Ty Abbott, 2007-08, 76
2. Ron Riley, 1992-93, 66
3. Christian Polk, 2006-07, 64
4. Eddie House, 1996-97, 57
5. Jonathan Gilling, 2011-12, 55

YOUNG AND BEEN COACHING LONG
Herb Sendek earned the Miami of Ohio job in the spring of 1993 at age 30. Three years later he took over the NC State program at age 33. Some 20 years later he ranks near the top of the youngest coaches with at least 350 career Division I wins, as he will turn 50 on Feb. 22, 2012. Joining the list soon will be Mark Few at Gonzaga, (342 wins entering this season and born on Dec. 27, 1962), Jeff Jones at American (347 wins and born June 29, 1960), Thad Matta at Ohio State (323 and born July 11, 1967), Greg Marshall at Wichita State (303 wins and born Feb. 27, 1963) and Ron Hunter at Georgia State (296 wins and born on March 7, 1964).

YOUNGEST COACHES WITH 350 DIVISION I WINS
(NUMBERS ENTERING 2012-13 SEASON)
Billy Donovan, Florida, 421 (May 30, 1965)
Steve Alford, New Mexico, 356 (Nov. 23, 1964)
Herb Sendek, Arizona State, 352 (Feb. 22, 1963)
Bill Self, Kansas, 476 (Dec. 27, 1962)
Jay Wright, Villanova, 359 (Dec. 24, 1961)
Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt, 384 (Oct. 1, 1960)

FIRST GAME FRESHMAN STARTER
There is a good chance that Jahii Carson will start the first game of the season. A freshman hasn't started the first game for ASU since 2007-08, when Ty Abbott, James Harden and Jamell McMillan all got the starting nod on Nov. 19, 2007, in a 77-54 loss to Illinois in the Maui Invitational. Carson would become just the fourth Arizona high school product to start as a freshman in his first game at Arizona State, joining Donnell Knight in 1999-2000 (Corona del Sol), Christian Polk in 2006-07 (Deer Valley) and Ty Abbott in 2007-08 (Desert Vista).

SUN DEVIL FRESHMAN OPENING NIGHT STARTERS
1972-1973: Gary Jackson
1976-1977: Johnny Nash
1979-1980: Bryon Scott
1984-1985: Chris Sandle
1985-1986: Alex Austin
1981-1982: Shawn Holiday
1986-1987: Tyrone Mitchell
1990-1991: Jamal Faulkner, Stevin Smith
1991-1992: Mario Bennett, Tony Ronaldson
1992-1993: Ron Riley
1999-2000: Donnell Knight
2002-2003: Ike Diogu
2003-2004: Tron Smith, Keith Wooden
2006-2007: Christian Polk, Jerren Shipp
2007-2008: Ty Abbott, James Harden, Jamelle McMillan

SOME NOTES ON HERB'S SCORING
In Coach Sendek's final five seasons at NC State (2001-2006), his team's averaged 73.7 points per game (192 games) including 75.4 points per game in 2001-02. His final team at NC State averaged 74.5 points per game. How does that 74.5 points per game from 2005-06 compare to the current Pac-12? It would have been the third-highest scoring team in the Pac-12 last year in each of the past two seasons.

GILLING NOTES
As a freshman in 2011-12 Jonathan Gilling in the final 22 games had 50 assists and averaged 29.9 minutes, 9.0 points and was 48-of-115 (.417) from the three-point stripe...went bonkers vs. Arizona on March 4 with 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting and 5-of-6 threes...matched career-high with 39 minutes vs. UCLA on Feb. 23 and had 17 points...after playing career-high 39 minutes vs. Washington Jan. 26 and posting 20 points he played 38 and had season-high seven assists in win over Wazzu on Jan. 28...averaged 8.8 minutes in the first eight games and 9.0 points in his final 22 games...had eight double-figure scoring efforts in final 18 tilts...averaged 14.5 points on the USC/UCLA road trip and also had 12 at Colorado on Jan. 19...big-time good at UCLA on Jan. 7, notching 17 points, including 5-of-6 from the three-point stripe, in 34 minutes...12 points in 33 minutes along with four assists in the Jan. 5 win at USC.

JON GILLING FIRST 9 GAMES OF SEASON/FINAL 22 GAMES
MINUTES PER GAME: 8.8/29.9
POINTS PER GAME: 1.9/9.0
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: .357 (5-14)/.424 (64-151)
THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE: .357 (5-14)/.417 (48-115)
ASSISTS PER GAME: 0.3/2.2
REBOUNDS PER GAME: 0.5/2.3

ASU FRESHMEN MINUTES PER GAME COACH SENDEK
1. James Harden, 2007-08 34.4
2. Ty Abbott, 2007-08, 32.7
3. Jerren Shipp, 2006-07, 30.0
4. Christian Polk, 2006-07, 29.4
5. Derek Glasser, 2006-07, 27.9
6. Jonathan Gilling, 2011-12, 24.3

COLVIN CAME ON STRONG
Chris Colvin had his best floor-general game of the 2011-12 season matching career-high with nine assists and just two turnovers in the high-level win over Arizona on March 4...nine assists in the Feb. 23 UCLA loss to go along with 10 points and just three turnovers in 39 minutes....in his final 15 games he averaged 8.7 points (fourth on the team), 31.1 minutes and had 75 assists (5.0 per game). He had six double-figure scoring games in that time, including a career-best 18 at WSU (Feb. 18), 16 vs. WSU (Jan. 28) and 15 at Colorado (Jan. 19)...played 40 minutes vs. WSU on Jan. 28 for the first time in his career and notched 16 points and six rebounds in the win...against Oregon State on Jan. 14 he played 13 minutes (10 in the second-half). In those 10 minutes he was 6-of-8 from the free throw line and had five assists and just one turnover.

Chris Colvin FIRST 16 GAMES OF SEASON/FINAL 15 GAMES
MINUTES PER GAME: 20.3/31.1
POINTS PER GAME: 4.9/8.7
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: .277 (18-65)/.406 (41-101)
THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE: .250 (5-20)/.375 (12-32)
ASSISTS PER GAME: 2.8/5.0
REBOUNDS PER GAME: 1.3/3.5

Chris Colvin came on strong in the second half of the 2011-12 season.


LINEUP
With its injuries and illnesses ASU used 11 starting lineups and 11 players made a start in 2010-11 and those numbers finished at 12 and eight in 2011-12...no player played in every game in 2011-12...12 lineups was most by the Sun Devils since 2003-04 team started 13 and tied for second-most in 19 seasons...1995-96 team under Bill Frieder also tried 12 options...each of ASU's top four scorers missed at least two games due to injury last year...ASU had its full compliment of players in just 10 of 18 Pac-10 tilts in 2010-11 and for just 10 of 18 in 2011-12.

CARRICK UPDATE
Senior Carrick Felix, who missed two games late in the year vs. UCLA (Feb. 23) and USC (Feb. 25) due to an illness, notched the fifth 20-point game of his career with career-high 23 vs. Arizona on March 4 including 8-of-9 from the free throw line...also had 20 points vs. Washington State on Jan. 28, 22 vs. USC (Jan. 5, 2012), 21 vs. Tulsa in his sophomore season (Jan. 12, 2011) and 20 vs. New Mexico (Nov. 18, 2011)...hit game-winning three-pointer with 1.8 seconds on the clock on Dec. 10 vs. North Dakota State...had monster game at USC on Jan. 5 in 62-53 win with 22 points in 39 minutes on 8-of-12 shooting...had 16 double-figure scoring games in 2011-12 after having five in 2010-11...a junior college transfer in 2010-11 as a sophomore, he saw action in 30 games in first year and showed great flashes but was sidelined by illness in the middle of year that basically cut his season in half.

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