Eddie House's No. 5 Jersey To Be Honored In Wells Fargo Arena
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
SUN DEVIL BIO FOR EDDIE HOUSE, 1999-2000 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sun Devil career leading scorer Eddie House (2,044 points), who matched Lew Alcindor’s Pac-10 record with 61 points at California in January of 2000 and became the first Sun Devil to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year when he notched the honor in 1999-2000, will become the fifth Sun Devil to have his number and jersey honored in the Wells Fargo Arena rafters, Sun Devil head coach Herb Sendek announced today. House played 11 seasons in the NBA (717 games) which included earning a 2008 NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics after his four-year ASU career (1996-2000).
“I had to coach against Eddie twice in the 1999-2000 season, and let me tell you I have never watched a player come off a screen and hit shots like him,” said Coach Sendek, who watched House average 30.5 points in two Sun Devil games against NC State. “He turned a great college career into a 11-year NBA career that included a NBA Championship, and for all that we are proud to provide him and his family this honor.”
House’s No. 5 will join Jumpin’ Joe Caldwell, Byron Scott, Lionel Hollins and Fat Lever in the rafters. The date will be Saturday, Jan. 25, when the Sun Devils host Colorado.
HOUSE FAST FACT: Eddie outscored 55 Division I teams on Jan. 8 with his 61 points, and it marked just the sixth time since 1978 that a player had more than 60 points in a game involving two Division I teams.
“When we recruited Eddie, we were told he couldn’t play at the Pac-12 level because he wasn’t a point guard and wasn’t big enough to play the wing,” notes Bill Frieder who recruited Eddie and coached him during his freshman year of 1996-97. “What he could do was shoot. We always had room for shooters on my teams and we knew Eddie would shoot it well, play hard and make a huge impact at the Pac-12 level. I am very proud of him, and what many people forget is he was a spring signee. He worked hard to get to this spot.”
“Eddie House was the hardest working and most intelligent player that I have ever coached. He understood the game as well as anyone,” says Rob Evans, who coached House in his junior and senior seasons at Arizona State. “He never took a day off and was always the hardest working player in practice. He was as tough of a competitor as I have ever coached.”
The Hayward High School (Oakland, Calif.) product is the Arizona State career leading scorer with 2,044 points and also the school's all-time steals leader with 258. He was just the second player in Pac-10 history to notch 2,000 points and 250 steals (Gary Payton is the other) and did not miss a game in 124-game career. He earned All-Pac-10 honors twice in his career, an accomplishment notched by just four other Sun Devils at the time. He posted 12 30-point games in his career in seven arenas and in six states.
He was one of the best-known players in the nation his senior year, led by his Pac-10 record matching 61-point outburst at California on Jan. 8 in a 111-108 double-overtime win. The first Pac-10 player to notch four 40-point games in one season as he had 46 vs. San Diego State, 42 vs. Penn State and 40 vs. UCLA. He posted eight 30-point games and set ASU records in points (736) and points per game (23.0) and led the team in assists (111) and steals (74). He was tenth in Pac-10 in assists per game (3.47), second in steals (2.31) and sixth in free-throw percentage (.835).
He was the only senior on a team with six true freshmen and led ASU to just its fourth 19-win season in 17 years, including a 10-8 mark in the Pac-10 that was tied with NCAA Sweet Sixteen participant UCLA for fourth place. Also became the first player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week three straight weeks in one season and became just the fourth player to earn the award four times in a season. He ended the season as the nation's fourth-leading scorer at 23.0 ppg.