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Men's Basketball Almanac

Larry Armstrong
Basketball / 1959-1962
/ Inducted 2002
Inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in 2002, Armstrong was a two-time All-Border Conference selection in 1960-61 and was ASU's first basketball All-American as a third-team Helms Foundation pick in 1961. He was a three-year letterman from 1959-62.

Art Becker
Basketball / 1962-1964
/ Inducted 1989
Becker was first-team academic All-America, honorable mention All-America and second-team All-Conference choice as a senior, leading his team to a 26-3 record and the NCAA's Final Eight. A 1989 inductee, Becker scored 1,284 points and notched 724 rebounds in his career. Becker also ranks among ASU career leaders in rebounds per game (9.0), field goal percentage (.524), free throw percentage (.797), and total field goals (531). He was a three-time member of the Western Athletic Conference all-academic team. Becker played professionally for the Houston Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Denver Rockets, and the New York Nets. He was a two-time ABA all-star and played for the 1969-70 ABA champion Indiana Pacers.

Joe Caldwell
Basketball / 1961-1964
/ Charter Inductee-1975
Caldwell was a member of the 1961-1964 basketball teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. He was a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Games gold medal winning team. He ranks among ASU leaders in career points (1,515), scoring average (18.2 ppg.) and rebounds (929). He starred in both National and American Basketball Associations and was the second pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1964. Caldwell finished his undergraduate degree in 1997 and has a B.A. in selected studies.

Tony Cerkvenik
Basketball / 1961-1964
/ Inducted 1979
Cerkvenik was a rugged rebounder and inspirational force behind the early 1960's teams that won more than 20 games three straight times. He averaged 12.3 rebounds per game for his career. He is the only player in ASU history with more than 1,000 rebounds, finishing his career with 1,022 and holds the single season record for the most rebounds with 415 in 1960-1961.

Roy Coppinger
Baseball, Basketball / 1951-53
/ Inducted 1993
Coppinger played both baseball and basketball for the Sun Devils and was inducted in 1993.

Dennis Dairman
Basketball / 1962-1965
/ Inducted 2002
Dairman, who was inducted in 2002, led the Sun Devils to a 55-28 (.662) record in his three years, including a school record 26 wins in 1962-63 and twice earned All-WAC honors. He earned his B.S. in finance with distinction in 1965, completed his law degree at Arizona in 1968 and then earned his M.B.A. in 1972 from ASU.

Tom Futch
Football, Basketball, and Baseball / 1953-1956
/ Inducted 1992
A three-sport star at ASU, Futch was a three-year starter in basketball who earned second-team All-Border Conference accolades in 1956. He was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in 1992.

Dave Graybill
Football, Basketball, and Baseball / 1953-1957
/ Inducted 1977
Emphasizing his versatility , he was a starter and a winner in three major sports - football, basketball, and baseball - during his four-year stay. He led ASU in passing (1955-1956) and was the Border Conference's Most Valuable Player in 1955 in football. He set an ASU single game scoring record in basketball with 36 points vs. San Jose State on Dec. 17, 1955, and won the national singles handball title.

Verl Heap
Basketball / 1942, 1945-1948
/ Inducted 1998
After playing his first year at ASU (1942), he enlisted during World War II as a B-17 pilot. Upon return, he started every game and finished with a fifteen points per game average. He was a Border-Conference first-team pick with 23 points per game (1946-47). He led the Sun Devils to the National Basketball Tournament in 1947 and was named Outstanding Player. He was the first of two players from Arizona to play professional basketball. He was signed to play professional ball for the Providence Steam Rollers. He became Assistant Coach for ASU's 1950-51 Sun Devil squad. Heap was inducted into ASU's Hall of Fame in 1998.

J.D. Hill
Football, Basketball, Track / 1967-1968, 1970
/ Inducted 1976
Hill was Sporting News and Time Magazine's first-team All-America, and Associated Press's third-team selection in 1970 as a wide receiver for the unbeaten 11-0 WAC and Peach Bowl Championship ASU team. He was also a track and basketball star at ASU. He was a first round draft pick by the NFL's Buffalo Bills.

Lionel Hollins
Basketball / 1973-1975
/ Charter Inductee-1975
Hollins was Arizona State's initial first team All-America player, named by Sporting News and Basketball Weekly. He ranked among ASU's leaders in points (951), field goals (388) and free throws (175) among ASU players who competed only two years. Hollins was instrumental in leading ASU to the 1975 Far West Regional Basketball Tournament finals. He was a charter inductee in 1975.

Eddie House
Basketball /1996-2000/ Inducted 2010
House earned the Pac-10 Player of the Year honors in 2000, becoming the first Sun Devil to earn the honor. 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. It marked just the sixth time since 1978 that a player had more than 60 points in a game involving two Division I teams. The 61 points matched Lew Alcindor's mark set in 1967.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, House ended his career season as the nation's fourth-leading scorer at 23.0 ppg. He joined Gary Payton as the only players in Pac-10 history to record more than 2,000 points and 250 steals during their collegiate careers. He earned All-Pac-10 honors twice in his career and was selected in the second round (37 overall pick) of the 2000 Draft by the Miami Heat and won a World Title with the 2008 Boston Celtics.

Freddie Lewis
Basketball / 1964-1966
/ Inducted 1978
Lewis was an All-Western Athletic Conference guard in 1965-66 when he became ASU's all-time single season scoring champ with a 22.7 per game average. A junior college transfer, he scored 963 points, an average of 18.2 per game. He was captain and starting guard for the 1970, 1972 and 1973 Indiana Pacers' American Basketball Association championship teams. He was a 1978 inductee into ASU's Hall of Fame.

Lafayette "Fat" Lever
Basketball / 1978-1982
/ Inducted 1988
Lever was a four-year performer at guard, finishing his career eleventh on the all-time ASU scoring list (1,137 points), first on the all-time list in steals (236), second in assists (444), tied for third in free throws (301) and eighth in free throw percentage (.753). Lever established a University Activity Center record for the most points (38), most free throws (16), most assists (13), and most steals (eight) in a game. He was drafted by the NBA Portland Trailblazers, and later traded to the Denver Nuggets, where he was selected to the 1988 NBA West All-Star team. He was a 1988 inductee into the ASU Hall of Fame and was an Associated Press second-team All-American in 1981-82.

Alton Lister
Basketball / 1978-81
/ Inducted 2000
One of the best shot blockers in the annals of Arizona State men's basketball, Lister (1978-81) was selected as an honorable mention All-American following the 1980-81 season by both the Associated Press and Street and Smith. Lister set ASU record for blocked shots in a game with eight against Harvard in 1978, and ranks among the school leaders with 148 career swats. He also grabbed 776 rebounds in his career. Lister was selected to the 1980 US Olympic team which boycotted the Moscow Games, and went on to a successful NBA career with Milwaukee, Seattle and Golden State. He led the Sonics in 1987-88 with 539 boards and 119 blocked shots. He earned honorable mention All-America honors in 1980-81 and earned All-Pac-10 in 1980 (honorable mention) and 1981. 

Al Nealey
Basketball / 1957-1960
/ Inducted 2000
Nealey was the second Arizona State player to score more than 1,000 career points, and ranks among ASU leaders in rebounding average (10.3), rebounds (780) and scoring average (17.4). In addition, Nealey's notched 1,308 total points. A three-time All-Border Conference selection from 1958 to 1960, he led the Devils in rebounding each year and paced the team in scoring his junior and senior years.

Kurt Nimphius
Basketball / 1976-1980
/ Inducted 2011
Nimphius earned all-Pacific-10 honors as a senior while leading team in scoring (16.6), rebounding (9.6) and field goal percentage (.609). Nimphius owns school records for highest single-season (60.9) and career (58.6) field goal percentage marks. He ranks among Sun Devils' top 10 in career rebounding, blocked shots and points (1,006). Nimphius played for Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA during his professional career.

Byron Scott
Basketball / 1979-1983
/ Inducted 1988
Scott was starting guard for three seasons, finishing as the all-time leading scorer in ASU history (1,572 points). He set eight freshman records, as well as being named Pac-10 Rookie of the Year (1979-1980). He was twice named Outstanding Player of the Fiesta Classic. Scott was named ASU's Most Valuable Player the same year. He was drafted by the San Diego Clippers, later traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, and led the Lakers to three NBA Championships. He earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 1979-80 and was ASU's initial inductee into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor in 2002.

Paul Stovall
Basketball / 1970-1972
/ Inducted 2006
Stovall is perhaps the most prolific two-year player in Sun Devil men's basketball history, who led the team in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage during both his junior and senior seasons...ranks first all-time among two-year players in ASU history in scoring average (19.0), total rebounds (647) and rebounding average (12.4)...earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors following the 1971-72 season, and second-team honors following the 1970-71 season...was named ASU's Most Valuable Player as a senior, a season in which he averaged 21.8 points-per-game, the seventh-highest single-season total in Sun Devil history...had career-bests of 35 points (2/26/72 vs. New Mexico) and 21 rebounds (2/11/72 vs. Utah)...played professionally for the Phoenix Suns in 1972-73, and for the San Diego Clippers in 1973-74.

Jeremy Veal
Basketball / 1995-1998
/ Inducted 2008
Veal left ASU as the all-time leading scorer in school history and his 1,984 points currently rank second behind only Eddie House. In his freshman season, he played in all 33 games and helped the Sun Devils reach the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in 20 years. He then became a regular starter over the next three seasons, and he finished his career by leading the Pac-10 with 20.8 points per game in 1997-98. Veal earned All-Pac-10 honors for both his junior and senior seasons, making him one of just six Sun Devils to be named All-Pac-10 multiple times.

Ned Wulk
Basketball Coach/1958-1982
/ Inducted 1982
Wulk was 406-272 (.599) in his 25-year career as a Sun Devil. ASU renamed the basketball floor Ned Wulk Court on March 5, 1999, in his honor. His teams reached the Final Eight in 1961, 1963 and 1975 and reached the NCAA Tournament nine times. Born Aug. 14, 1920, Wulk posted 17 winning seasons in his ASU career. ASU's 2003 inductee into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor.

Royce Youree
Basketball/1956-1958
/ Inducted 1995
Youree was one of the first standout players in the history of the Arizona State men's basketball program. A three-year starter (1955-58), Youree was the first player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points, and he left ASU as the school's career scoring leader. He also made 362 free throws in his three seasons as a Sun Devil, which stood as the school's all-time record for 45 years, until Ike Diogu surpassed his mark during the 2003-04 season.

Youree was named Second-Team All-Border Conference in both his junior and senior seasons, and he helped lead the Sun Devils to their first Border Conference title and first bid to the NCAA Tournament as a senior in 1957-58. In the regular season's final game, Youree made two free throws with three seconds left in the game to give ASU a 78-76 win and secure the conference championship. 5,100 fans attended that game, which set a record at the time for the largest crowd to witness a basketball game in the state of Arizona.

Youree was inducted into the ASU Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, making him one of 18 players in the history of the men's basketball program to receive that honor.

After his ASU playing career ended, Youree found great success in the coaching business. In 13 years as the head coach of Phoenix East High School, he compiled a 5A record of 301-56 and won five state championships, and he then went 126-37 in five years as the co-coach at Mesa Community College. He also coached the United States' 20-and-under team to a championship at the Junior Men's World Championships in 1979.

 

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