July 5, 2012
In his senior year, he arguably was one of the most improved players in the nation. And now he is an Olympian.
Sun Devil Eric Boateng (B.A., Global Studies, 2009) has earned a spot on the 12-man Great Britain men's basketball team for the 2012 London Olympics, his hometown. It will be only the second appearance for England hoops in the Olympics, joining 1948, the last time London hosted the Games. The team is coached by Houston Rockets assistant Chris Finch.
Boateng, 26, will backup Robert Archibald in the post. Boateng plays professionally for the Peristeri team in Greece.
The Denver Nuggets had Boateng in training camp in 2010, and he played for the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League before signing with Peristeri in November.
An outstanding student-athlete with a 3.05 grade point average, Eric was one of the nation's most improved players in 2009-10.
After scoring 57 points in junior season (2008-09), he averaged 8.8 points and 7.2 boards and shot a Pac-10 best 66.5 percent (117-of-176) from the field in his senior season (2009-10) including a league-best .660 (68-of-103) in Pac-10 games.
When you add his Duke and Arizona State records, he played on teams that compiled a 100-38 (.725) record in his four seasons.
His ASU record .665 field goal percentage in 2009-10 matched Bill Walton for eighth on the Pac-10 single-season list and was the best by a Pac-10 hooper since Jelani McCoy of UCLA set the Pac-10 record by shooting .756 in 1996-97.
Eric's .644 career field goal clip (197-of-306) also is an ASU record, and he posted 15 games of double-digit points, including 12 in his senior season.
SUN DEVILS WHO LED PAC-10 IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE (OVERALL GAMES)
Eric Boateng, 2009-10 (117-of-176/.665)
Jeff Pendergraph, 2008-09 (198-of-300/.660)
Ike Diogu, 2004-05 (229-of-398/.575)
Trent Edwards, 1988-89 (208-of-330/.630)
BIG SENIOR YEAR
Had some monster games late in his senior year, including a 16-point, 14-rebound, three-assist, four-block effort with no turnovers in 34 minutes vs. UCLA on March 6 on Senior Day. Had a career-best 24 points at Stanford on Feb. 25 when he matched the Pac-10 record for field goal percentage in a single game, as he was 11-of-11 from the field, the only player in the NCAA to go perfect in more than 10 field goal attempts in a game on the year. In his final 13 games he shot 69.8 percent from the floor (60-of-86) and averaged 11.2 points and 8.8 boards.
11-OF-11 FIELD GOALS IN A PAC-10 GAME (AS OF END OF 2009-10 SEASON)
Eric Boateng (Arizona State) at Stanford (Feb. 25, 2010)
Bryce Taylor (Oregon) vs. USC (March 10, 2007/Pac-10 Tournament)
Tommy Smith (Arizona State) vs. Washington (Feb. 10, 2001)
Marques Johnson (UCLA) at California (Feb. 27, 1976)