May 12, 2011
The list of men's basketball players who have earned a Sun Devil degree has grown by three, as Ty Abbott (B.S., Sociology), Rihards Kuksiks (B.I.S., Communication/Sociology) and Jamelle McMillan (B.S. Communication) all officially graduate from Arizona State this weekend.
The trio produced 80 wins, the most by any seniors in ASU history. Prior to their arrival, ASU won 37 games in the previous four seasons. ASU's best four-year span of total wins was 88 from 1959-60 to 1962-63 and also from 1960-61 to 1963-64, but that was before freshman were eligible. The 80 wins by each of the seniors is the best by any four-year player, as Gary Jackson (1973-76) was with the program for 79 wins. Another solid note on what the trio did in its four years? In the 12 years prior to thier arrival, ASU had six wins against ranked teams. In their four years, they notched six as well.
In 2007-08, their freshman season, they notched a 77-55 over No. 17 Xavier on Dec. 15 (largest win over a ranked team in ASU history) and the Jan. 17, 2009, win at ninth-ranked UCLA was ASU's first top-10 road win since its 90-87 OT win at No. 4 Stanford on Jan. 31, 1998. Against seventh-ranked Stanford on Feb. 14, 2008, ASU earned its first win over a top-10 team since Jan. 23, 2002 (88-72 over No. 10 Arizona).
JAMELLE, RIK AND TY WINS VS. RANKED TEAMS AT ASU
ASU 68, #24 Washington 51 (Jan. 8, 2010)
#23 ASU 75, #13 Washington 65/P10 Tourney (Mar. 13, 2009)
#18 ASU 74, #11 UCLA 67 (Feb. 12, 2009)
#16 ASU 61, @#9 UCLA 58 (OT) (Jan. 17, 2009
) ASU 72, #7 Stanford 68 (OT) (Feb. 14, 2008)
ASU 77, #17 Xavier 55 (Dec. 15, 2007) (largest win over ranked team in ASU history)
McMillan played through a nagging groin injury since December that caused him to miss three games but is averaged 11.0 points in the final 11 games and was 23-of-50 (.460) from three in those tilts. He posted three of the top scoring games in his career in the final 11 contests with a career-high 17 at Stanford (Feb. 5), 14 at Cal (Feb. 3) and 13 vs. UCLA (Jan. 29). ASU was 73-48 (.603) with Jamelle and 6-5 (.545) without him in his career as he finished with 321 career assists and just 153 turnovers. In 2010-11 he led the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio and finished 14th nationally at 2.68 (110 assists and 41 turnovers) and also led the Pac-10 in the 18 regular season games in that category as well at 2.35 per game.
First-team 2009-10 All-Pac-10 and 2010-11 honorable mention All-Pac-10 performer Ty Abbott had some back, knee and shoulder issues all season in 2010-11, as he missed all but four minutes of the game at Stanford on Feb. 5 and all of the Feb. 19 WSU game. He earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the third time in his career for March 7 after posting 22 points in each win over Oregon (March 3) and Oregon State (March 5). He had 12 20-point games in his career, including five in 2010-11, and finished with 1,330 career points (14th on the ASU career list). He had 119 starts, second on the ASU career chart and just one shy of Jeff Pendergraph's mark of 120 while his 130 games is second only to Derek Glasser's 131. Abbott also finished on the ASU career charts in the top-10 in three-pointers made (273/third), three-point attempts (757/third) and steals (133/tenth). The Phoenix native finished second on the Sun Devil career chart for minutes played. Eddie House has the career mark, playing in 124 games from 1996-2000 while notching 4,164 minutes (33.6 per game). Abbott finished with 4,019 minutes, just the second Sun Devil to play 4,000 career minutes. His 273 career threes is eighth on Pac-10 career chart while 757 career three attempts is fifth.
Rihards Kuksiks finished season 62-of-147 (.422) from the three-point stripe in his final 21 games after starting the year 8-of-30 in the first four contests. He posted 10th 20-point game of his career with 22 points vs. Oregon on Mar. 3, and ASU was 7-3 in those games. He posted 280 career three-pointers, second on the ASU career list and seventh on the Pac-10 list, while 696 attempts is ninth on the Pac-10 career chart and fourth in ASU history. He became the 34th member of ASU's 1,000-point club against Long Beach State, as he finished with 1,175 points (23rd on Sun Devil career charts). He also was 29-of-60 (.483) from the three-point stripe in his final 10 games against ranked opponents.
The trio also can be found on several other Pac-10 and ASU career lists noted below.
PAC-10 CAREER THREES MADE
1. Tajuan Porter/UO, 07-10, 345
5. Jason Kapono/UCLA, 99-03, 317
6. Orlando Williams/UO, 92-95, 282
7. Rihards Kuksiks/ASU, 08-11, 280
8. Ty Abbott/ASU, 08-11, 273
9. Damon Stoudamire/UA, 92-95, 272
10. Ron Riley/ASU, 93-96, 263
PAC-10 CAREER THREES ATTEMPTED
1. Tajuan Porter/UO, 07-10, 896
4. Ron Riley/ASU, 93-96, 263
5. Ty Abbott/ASU, 08-11, 757
9. Rihards Kuksiks/ASU, 08-11, 696
SUN DEVIL CAREER THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE
1. .435 (94-of-216), Matt Anderson, 1988-91
2. .413 (156-of-378), Tarence Wheeler, 1987-91
3. .409 (45-of-110), Steve Beck, 1984-87
4. .402 (280-of-696), Rihards Kuksiks, 2007-11
10. .373 (123-of-330), Jamelle McMillan, 2007-11
ASU CAREER GAMES
1. Derek Glasser, 2006-10, 131
2. Ty Abbott, 2007-11, 130
3. Jerren Shipp, 2006-10, 129
4. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-09, 126
5. Eddie House, 1996-2000, 124
T10. Jamelle McMillan, 2007-11, 122