Nov. 14, 2012
SUN DEVIL HOOPS HOSTS A PAIR, THEN OFF TO LAS VEGAS
The Sun Devil men's hoops team (1-0) plays host to a pair of games, first a Sunday (Nov. 18) tilt vs. Florida A&M at 1 p.m. and then Cornell (Tuesday, Nov. 20) at 7 p.m. It will then take on Arkansas on Friday, Nov. 23 ( 4 p.m. PT/ESPN3) and meet either Wisconsin or Creighton on Nov. 24 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas. ASU started its season with a 79-64 win over vs. Central Arkansas on Nov. 10, led by a school-record nine blocks by Jordan Bachynski, who was just one block short of the first triple-double in school history (17 points, 12 boards, nine blocks). ASU has five returning lettermen, four returning starters and five newcomers led by seniors Carrick Felix (B.S. Communications, 2012), Chris Colvin and Ruslan Pateev return along with starters from last year Bachynski and Jon Gilling. ASU welcomed 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 (size 17 shoe), both Arizona High School products.
VS. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NOTES
ASU had 69 field goal attempts vs. Central Arkansas, its most since it had 70 in the first game of the Coach Sendek era on Nov. 13, 2006...junior Jordan Bachynski not only set career-high in blocks with nine but his eight field goals made was a career-best and his 30 minutes matched a career-high. His 12 rebounds was just one off his career-high of 13 (set vs. Washington on Jan. 26, 2012). It marked his second career double-double (had 11 points and 12 boards at Utah on Feb. 9, 2012)...senior Carrick Felix had a career-high rebounds with 11 (seven offensive), as did Jon Gilling with six... ASU's 49 first-half points was the most since it led Stanford 54-22 on Feb. 2, 2010 and is tied for fifth-most under Coach Sendek...five Sun Devils reached double figures...freshman Jahii Carson's 15 points was the seventh-best by a Sun Devil freshmen in the first game of season and the third-most since Eddie House had 16 vs. Jacksonville on Nov. 22, 1996.
JORDAN SETS SCHOOL BLOCKS RECORD
Junior Jordan Bachynski set the school blocks record with nine vs. Central Arkansas on Nov. 10. Six times four different players had 8 blocks. He was just one block short of posting the first triple-double in ASU history, as he had 17 points and 12 boards. ASU's 11 total blocks matched the most in the Coach Sendek-era (2006-07 to present, seven seasons).
MOST BLOCKS IN SUN DEVIL HISTORY
9, Jordan Bachynski vs. Central Arkansas, Nov. 10, 2012
8, Jeff Pendergraph vs. Southern Illinois, Mar. 20, 2008
8, Rodger Farrington vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 22, 1996
8, Rodger Farrington vs. Houston Baptist, Dec. 10, 1996
8, Rodger Farrington vs. Oklahoma State, Dec. 7, 1996
8, Mario Bennett vs. Old Dominion, Jan. 7, 1995
8, Alton Lister vs. Harvard, Dec. 28, 1978
SUN DEVIL MOST POINTS IN FIRST GAME OF FRESHMAN YEAR
Jahii Carson's 15 points is the seventh-best by a Sun Devil freshmen in the first game of season and the third-most since Eddie House had 16 vs. Jacksonville on Nov. 22, 1996.
SUN DEVIL MOST POINTS IN FIRST GAME OF FRESHMAN YEAR
23, Jerren Shipp vs. Northern Arizona, Nov. 13, 2006
22, Christian Polk vs. Northern Arizona, Nov. 13, 2006
18, Jamal Faulkner vs. Kansas, Nov. 23, 1990
18, Eric Holloway vs. U.S. International, Nov. 29, 1983
17, Eddie House vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 22, 1996
16, Ron Riley vs. BYU, Dec. 1, 1992
15, Jahii Carson vs. Central Arkansas, Nov. 10, 2012
MOST POINTS BY ASU IN FIRST HALF UNDER COACH SENDEK
ASU 58, San Francisco 23 (Nov. 20, 2009)
ASU 54, Stanford 22 (Feb. 2, 2010)
ASU 54, Florida Gulf Coast 26 (Nov. 28, 2007)
ASU 51, Saint Francis (Pa.) 27 (Dec. 29, 2007)
ASU 49, Central Arkansas 31 (Nov. 10, 2012)
ASU 49, Central Connecticut State 22 (Dec. 29, 2008)
EARLY SEASON TOURNAMENTS
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.
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. He had a career-high 11 rebounds in the opening win over Central Arkansas, including seven on the offensive end...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 80 games...dating to last season, junior Jordan Bachynski is averaging 10.6 points, 2.5 blocks and shooting .663 (53-of-80) from the field in the past 14 games...how much better was sophomore Jon 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. He had a career-high six boards in the season opening win over Central Arkansas..freshman Jahii Carson (say it Jaw-hee) 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 has 846 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.
5 DAYS BEFORE GAME
The Sun Devils are 16-8 (.667) in past five years when Herb Sendek and his staff have at least five full days in between games, and seven of the wins have been against teams that would make the NCAA Tournament in that season. Last year's notable was an 87-80 win over NCAA-bubble worthy Arizona in the regular season finale. Wins in 2009-10 included MWC Tournament champion San Diego State (five-game win streak at the time), home win over Pac-10 Tournament champ and No. 24 Washington and a win at Arizona. In 2008-09 the five-day layoff wins included ASU's first NCAA Tournament win since 2003 (over Temple), a win over Arizona (entered the game on seven-game win streak) and a neutral site win over a 10-0 BYU team that had a guy named Jimmer as a sophomore. In 2007-08, the wins included ASU's first win in Tucson in 13 seasons, an overtime win at California in which ASU was playing as a ranked team for the first time in 13 seasons and a 22-point win over #17 Xavier in December of 2007 that is ASU's largest victory margin over a ranked opponent in history.
Jahii Carson committed to Arizona State 803 days ago. He made his debut for the Sun Devils last night. 15 points, five assists.-- Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 11, 2012
With one more win, Coach Sendek will become the fourth Sun Devil men's hoops coach to have 100 wins. Ned Wulk coached for 25 years from 1957-82 and had 406 wins. Bill Frieder was coach from 1989-97 (eight seasons) and had 132, while Rob Evans had 119 wins in his eight seasons (1998-2006).
IT FELT EARLY
ASU opened its season on Saturday, Nov. 10, with a 79-64 win over Central Arkansas, matching the earliest starting date in school history. 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 now 17-3 in season openers in his career and 4-3 at ASU.
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.
EVAN'S EIGHT 20-POINT GAMES AT LIBERTY
26 at Coastal Carolina (2/3/11)
26 vs. Winthrop (12/4/10)
24 vs. Charleston Southern (2/27/10)
24 at VMI (1/2/10)
23 vs. Virginia Intermount (11/12/10)
22 at Presbyterian (1/7/10)
21 vs. Charleston Southern (12/3/09)
20 vs. Radford (2/10/11)
NOTES ON JAHII
The 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, 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 LAS VEGAS OPPONENTS
ASU has never faced Florida A&M, Cornell or Wisconsin...Sun Devils are 4-2 vs. Creighton... the No. 1 seeded Razorbacks beat the Bill Frieder-coached Sun Devils in the 1991 NCAA Tournament in Atlanta, 97-90.
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 607-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 333 games. The last team to do it was top-ranked Duke on Feb. 14, 2002 (108-71 at Cameron).
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
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).
FIRST GAME FRESHMAN STARTER
Jahii Carson on Nov. 10 vs. Central Arkansas became the first Sun Devil freshman since 2007-08 to start the opener when Ty Abbott, James Harden and Jamelle McMillan all got the starting nod on Nov. 19, 2007, in a 77-54 loss to Illinois in the Maui Invitational. Carson became just the fourth Arizona high school product to start as a freshman in his first game at ASU, joining Donnell Knight in 1999-2000 (Corona del Sol), Christian Polk in 2006-07 (Deer Valley) and Ty Abbott in 2007-08 (Desert Vista).
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.
TWO NBA COACHES
Two Sun Devils are NBA head coaches, as All-Americans Byron Scott (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Lionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies) are also two of the three Sun Devils to have their numbers hanging in the rafters of Wells Fargo Arena (1964 Olympic gold medalist is the other). Before you ask if any other school has two former players as NBA head coaches Indiana has three former players coaching NBA teams in Keith Smart, Randy Wittman and Mike Woodson (along with former student manager Lawrence Franks), while LMU has Rick Adelman and Mike Dunlap.