Men's Hoops Plays Host To Washington Schools
Feb. 5, 2002
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (11-9, 4-7) PLAYS HOST TO WASHINGTON SCHOOLS
Prewitt averaging 19.4 points in Pac-10 play and has 10 20-point games
Thur., Feb. 7 - vs. Washington State (5-14, 1-10)6:30 p.m. MSTTempe, Ariz.--No TV
Sat., Feb. 9 - vs. Washington (8-13, 2-9)4 p.m. MSTTempe, Ariz.--Fox Sports Net
All games on radio in Phoenix on KFYI 550 AM.
SUN DEVILS HOST WAZZU AND U-DUB: The Arizona State men's basketball team (11-9, 4-7 in Pac-10), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, takes on the Washington State Cougars (Thurs., Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. MST) and the Washington Huskies (Sat., Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. MST on Fox Sports Net) as it tries to avoid losing three straight for the first time this year. Tim Healey and ASU Hall of Famer Lionel Hollins have the radio call on the Sun Devil Radio Network while Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini have the call on Fox Sports Net for Saturday's game vs. the Huskies. There is no television for the Washington State game on Thursday. ASU lost to Stanford (90-81) and Cal (67-59) in the Bay Area last weekend.
The Sun Devils are led by 6-9 senior Chad Prewitt, who has led ASU in scoring in 10 of the past 12 games and is averaging 19.4 points and 7.2 boards in Pac-10 play. Prewitt also has shown the ability to shoot the three, as he is 11-of-21 (.524) from beyond the arc in the past five games. On the year, he is 21-of-53 (.396) after shooting 19-of-54 (.352) in his first three seasons. He hit 5-of-7 at Stanford on Thursday.
THIS HURTS: The Sun Devils will be without 6-3 swingman Kenny Crandall for 4-6 weeks as he sprained a ligament in his right foot on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Stanford. Crandall, who was a freshman in 1998-99 and started 23 games, went on a two-year Mormon Mission to Eugene and returned to the Sun Devils this year. A native of Mesa, Ariz., who prepped at state champion Mountain View High School, he averaged 5.9 points and 28.4 minutes per game in his initial season. Crandall is averaging 19.6 minutes per game and is 31-of-70 (.443) from the three-point stripe on the year, fifth in the Pac-10. In Pac-10 play, he is 18-of-38 (.474), the third-best mark among the league's long-range shooters. He also is averaging 7.6 points and is shooting 52.1 percent from the field in Pac-10 tilts.
EXHIBIT A: Chad Prewitt is the first four-year player in Rob Evans' tenure at ASU and it is tough to remember any Pac-10 player improving any more than 'Big Red' from a freshman season to a senior season. ASU has been void of four-year players in its recent history, with only Eddie House (1996-2000), Jeremy Veal (1994-98), Quincy Brewer (1992-97) and Ron Riley (1992-96) playing four seasons beginning with the 1992-93 season. Prewitt, who is the 27th Sun Devil to score 1,000 points with 1,030, is averaging 17.3 points per game this year and is shooting .552 from the field. He is averaging 19.8 points and 7.7 boards in the past 12 games. Prewitt has 10 20-point games on the year (20 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games). A final note on his improvement: Prewitt scored more points in the Jan. 4-6 weekend sweep of the Oregon schools (52 points) than he did his whole Pac-10 season in his freshman year back in 1998-99 (46 points in 18 games).
CHAD PREWITT CAREER YEAR-BY-YEAR
Year G-GS Min.-PG FG-A FG% 3P-A 3P% FT-A FT% REB. PF-D A TO BL ST PTS-Avg.01-02 20-20 577-28.9 117-212 55.2 21-53 39.6 91-122 74.6 130-6.5 52-0 52 41 8 17 346-17.300-01 27-23 652-24.1 101-210 48.1 13-37 35.1 58-91 63.7 132-4.9 100-7 56 38 14 24 273-10.199-00 32-32 704-22.0 110-215 51.2 5-15 33.3 63-89 70.8 136-4.3 120-10 40 44 13 24 288-9.098-99 30-8 459-15.3 45-82 54.9 1-2 50.0 32-48 66.7 88-2.9 77-3 26 38 7 16 123-4.1Career 109-83 2325-21.9 373-719 51.7 40-107 37.4 244-350 69.7 486-4.5 349-20 174 161 42 81 1030-9.4
SHOOTING IT BETTER: ASU has already made more three-pointers in its 11 Pac-10 games (62) than it did the whole Pac-10 season last year. ASU is shooting 35.8 percent (62-of-173) from the three-point stripe in Pac-10 play (sixth in the league) and is holding opponents to just 31.4 percent (49-of-156) from beyond the arc (second in the loop). Last year, the Sun Devils shot just 26.3 percent from beyond the arc in Pac-10 play (61-of-232) and its opponents shot 37.6 percent (109-of-290). Both marks were last in the Pac-10 in 2000-2001.
DISHING IT: ASU is not only second in the Pac-10 in assists at 16.55 per game overall, but an even more impressive stat is that ASU is averaging 16.91 per game in Pac-10 play, a league-best. The Sun Devils don't have a player ranked in the top-10 in assists individually, but Chad Prewitt has the team lead with 52 (2.6 per game) in ASU's 20 games.
REDHAGE PLAYING WELL: Junior Shawn Redhage, the best free throw shooter in ASU history, has made 22-of-28 (.786) from the line this year and is playing very well off the bench recently. Redhage had a season-high 13 points at California on Feb. 2 and is averaging 20.3 minutes, 7.5 rebounds and four assists in the past six games. He played a season-high 24 minutes at Washington State on Jan. 12 and posted eight points. He also had seven assists vs. UCLA on Jan. 17.
DEVIL THREE-DOT DATA: ASU is 24-4 (.857) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent, including a 14-2 (.875) mark in the past two seasons. ASU shot 52.5 percent at Stanford (31-of-59) on Jan. 31, including 16-of-27 (.593) in the first half, but fell 90-81...after fouling out of 20 games in his first three seasons (89 games), Chad Prewitt has yet to foul out of a game this year....Kyle Dodd has 49 assists and just 12 turnovers on the year. In the past 12 games, he has 27 assists and just six turnovers (241 minutes)...Awvee Storey earned his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in communications and sociology at ASU's Dec. 15 mid-year commencement...sophomore Justin Allen played a season-high 11 minutes at Washington State and scored five points...freshman Jason Braxton has started the past 11 games. He is averaging 7.6 points and is shooting 48.6 percent (17-of-35) from the field in the past five tilts...ASU is 11-2 when it leads at the half but 0-6 when it trails and 0-1 when tied)...Tommy Smith is averaging 15.5 points and has 12 blocks in the past six games.
IMPACT: Junior Curtis Millage is making his mark in his initial season, as he is one of the top candidates for the Fred Hessler Award, given annually to the league's top non-freshman newcomer in honor of the late UCLA broadcaster. Millage is just one of three players to start all 20 games (Tommy Smith and Chad Prewitt are the others) and leads the team in minutes per game at 29.6. He is averaging 14.0 points in Pac-10. In his past 15 games, he is averaging 14.1 points, including a season-high 24 at Washington State on Jan. 12. After starting the season 3-of-19 (.158) from the three-point stripe, he is shooting 17-of-45 (.378) in his past 13 games. He also is 17-of-20 (.850) from the free throw line in the past seven games and is averaging 7.4 boards in his past five games. He has led the team in rebounding in the past three games, including 11 at California on Feb. 2.
THE WSU SERIES AND LAST MEETING: ASU leads the WSU series 27-23 and has won seven of the past nine as Rob Evans is 5-2 against WSU and 3-2 against Paul Graham. ASU is 5-1 in six overtime games against the Cougars. In the first meeting this year, ASU jumped out to a 42-32 halftime lead and then shot 12-of-21 (.571) in the second half to top Washington State 81-71 on Jan. 12. ASU matched a season-high with five blocks, three by Tommy Smith and held the Cougars to just four asissts. The Cougars stayed close by making 27-of-30 (.900) free throws, including a 16-of-16 performance by Marcus Moore, who led WSU with 23 points. ASU shot 54.4 percent (31-of-57) and had 21 assists and just 13 turnovers and outrebounded the Cougars 38-29. Curtis Millage had a season-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while Tommy Smith added 19 points and nine boards and Chad Prewitt had 13 points and seven assists. ASU also got a season-high 24 minutes from Shawn Redhage, who added eight points.
THE UW SERIES AND LAST MEETING: Arizona State holds a 30-20 lead in the UW series that began in 1978. The teams split the seasons series last year with Washington posting a 70-68 overtime win on Jan. 11 in Seattle and the Sun Devils winning 89-57 on Feb. 10 in Tempe, when Tommy Smith set a Pac-10 record by making all 11 shots from the field. Rob Evans is 4-3 against Washington and Bob Bender, as the Sun Devils have won five of the past eight against the Huskies. ASU has outrebounded Washington by 52 in its past three games (17.3 per game), including a 41-33 margin this year on Jan. 10 when UW jumped out to an early lead and beat ASU 81-68 in Seattle. ASU grabbed a season-high 23 offensive rebounds in the game but shot a season-low 32.4 percent (23-of-71) and did not register a block for the only time this year. Washington torched the nets for 60 percent shooting (30-of-50), the third-highest mark by any Rob Evans opponent in his 278 games as a head coach, and had ASU opponent season-highs for assists (22) and blocks (10). ASU shot just 12-of-41 (.293) in the second half and was 17-of-32 (.531) from the free throw line in that game, including 7-of-15 (.467) from the charity stripe in the first half. Individually, Kyle Dodd has 18 assists and just four turnovers in five career games vs. UW.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (143-135/.514) is in his fourth season at Arizona State in 2001-2002 (tenth overall) after being hired on April 7, 1998. The 1997 SEC Coach of the Year spent six seasons at Ole Miss, compiling an 86-81 (.515) record. He led the Rebels to a 42-16 record in his final two seasons, winning two SEC West titles, and led Ole Miss to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1937-38. The 55-year old Evans is a 1968 graduate of New Mexico State, where he captained two NCAA Tournament teams, is a 1989 inductee of the NMSU Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the school's All-Time Basketball team. He is 57-54 (.514) at ASU. Evans' Ole Miss squads were known as a tough man-to-man teams which ranked 13th in the nation and second in the SEC in 1997-98 in rebounding at +6.6, despite no player was in the top 30 in rebounding nationally. Ole Miss held opponents to just 30 percent from the three-point stripe, best in the SEC, and to just 40.6 percent from the field. He is 99-70 (.586) in the past six seasons.
FTS: Shawn Redhage has established himself as the best free thrower in ASU history. Redhage shot 80-of-98 (.816) last year, fourth in the Pac-10. A look at Redhage on ASU career FT list:
ASU CAREER FREE THROWS
Rk. Name (Year) FT-A Pct.1. Shawn Redhage (1999-pres.) 161-197 .8172. Alex Austin (1986-90) 255-313 .8153. Rick Taylor (1974-78) 253-311 .8144. Dennis Hamilton (1963-66) 261-321 .8135. Isaac Burton (1993-95) 208-257 .809
#1 JASON BRAXTON: A top 50 recruit from last year...has started the past 11 games at point guard...has played at least 20 minutes in 14 of 20 games...averaging 23.2 minutes in the past five games...averaging 7.6 points and is 17-of-35 (.486) from the floor in the past five games...14-of-27 (.519) from the field and is averaging 7.8 points in the four games against ranked opponents...had season-high six assists at #18 Stanford on Jan. 31...had 10 points vs. No. 10 Arizona on Jan. 23...had seven points vs. No. 18 USC on Jan. 19...had 10 points in 27 minutes vs. No. 9 UCLA on Jan. 17...first start was vs. Canisius on Dec. 28...had seven points and four steals at Oregon on Dec. 20 in Pac-10 opener...posted eight points in 27 minutes vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 27.
#2 DONNELL KNIGHT: Has made 8-of-11 (.727) free throws in his past 14 games...posted five points and six boards in season-high 22 minutes vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...12 points in 19 minutes vs. Utah on Dec. 4...posted double digits 18 times last year...10 points and six boards at Cal on Mar. 8, 2001...12 points at #12 Arizona on Jan. 24, 2001...17 points and six boards vs. #24 USC on Jan. 20, 2001...15 points and 13 boards at Washington on Jan. 11, 2001, for a double-double...15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30, 2000...18 points vs. Kent State on Nov. 25, 2000.
#3 KYLE DODD: Has 27 assists and six turnovers in his past 12 games (241 minutes)...in his 81-game career, he has 184 assists and just 75 turnovers, a 2.45-to-1 ratio...averaging just one turnover every 23.9 minutes in his career (1789 minutes and 75 turnovers)...had 10 points at Washington on Jan. 10...six points and five assists vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...had seven points vs. Utah on Dec. 4...averaged 26.3 minutes per game in Pac-10 play last year, tied for third on the team...has five dunks in career (two this year)...notched career-high 15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30, 2000...showed poise in his rookie year (1999-2000), nailing the winning three-pointer in OT as ASU won at WSU 81-79 and began its first four-game Pac-10 win streak since 1995.
#4 TOMMY SMITH: Averaging 15.5 points, 5.8 boards and 2.0 blocks in his past six games...entered the year 2-of-11 (.182) from the three-point stripe, but is 8-of-23 (.348) from beyond the arc and 8-of-20 (.400) from the three-point stripe in Pac-10 play...posted 15 points and seven boards in career-high 37 minutes at California on Feb. 2...had 16 points vs. No. 10 Arizona on Jan. 23...posted 18 points and 10 boards vs. No. 18 USC on Jan. 19...had 19 points, nine boards and three blocks at Washington State on Jan. 12...posted 18 points, eight boards and six assists vs. Oregon State on Jan. 4...had 16 points at Oregon on Dec. 20...posted 19 points and nine boards at BYU on Nov. 27...had 14 points and career-high 14 boards vs. Portland State on Nov. 20...Most Improved Player at the team's banquet last year...matched a Pac-10 record for FG% by making all 11 shots against Washington on Feb. 10, 2001, and played well from mid-January through the end of last season...averaged 12.5 points in the final 15 games...scored in double-digits in 12 of the final 15 games after posting double digits in just five games in his freshman season (1999-2000)...52-of-78 (.670) from the field and averaged 12.9 points in his final 10 games...shot 58.5 percent from the field (79-of-135) in Pac-10 games last year.
#11 AWVEE STOREY: Has 16 double-doubles in 79-game ASU career...posted 12 points in 20 minutes at #18 Stanford on Jan. 31...eight points and seven boards vs. No. 10 Arizona on Jan. 23...16 points and 10 boards vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 27...earned his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in communications and sociology at ASU's Dec. 15 mid-year commencement...Pac-10 top rebounder last year at 9.1 per game...averaged 12.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in Pac-10 play last year...his 9.7 rebounds per game in Pac-10 games was a conference best...honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...five straight double-figure rebounding games from Jan. 6-20, 2001.
#12 KENNY CRANDALL: Out for 4-6 weeks as he sprained a ligament in his right foot on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Stanford...has scored in double figures in five games on the year...averaged 6.6 points, shot 19-of-36 (.528) from the floor and was 5-of-6 (.833) from the free throw line in the eight games (counting Stanford) before the Jan. 31 injury...is 31-of-70 (.443) from the three-point stripe on the year...12 points and six boards, including 3-of-5 from the three-point stripe, off the bench vs. No. 18 USC on Jan. 19...14 points on 5-of-5 shooting vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...14 points in season-high 33 minutes vs. Oregon State on Jan. 4...had 10 points and seven boards in first start of season on Dec. 22 at OSU...had 22 points vs. Prairie View A & M on Dec. 1, including 19 in the first half...played in 1998-99, Rob Evans' first year, and then went on a two-year Mormon Mission to Eugene, Ore.
#14 CURTIS MILLAGE: Averaging 14.1 points in past 15 games...has 30 steals on the year...17-of-47 (.362) from beyond the arc in his past 13 games...17-of-20 (.882) from the free throw line in the past seven games...averaging 7.4 boards in his past five games...has led the team in rebounding in the past three games, including career-high 11 at California on Feb. 2...averaging 36 minutes in the past three games...14 points (6-of-10 shooting) and six boards in 34 minutes at #18 Stanford on Jan. 31...19 points and eight boards vs. No. 10 Arizona on Jan. 23...15 points and seven boards vs. No. 9 UCLA on Jan. 17...career-high 24 points at Washington State on Jan. 12...15 points at Washington on Jan. 10...17 points vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...named to the all-tournament team of ASU's holiday tournament after scoring 19 vs. Northwestern on Dec. 29...had 13 points and eight boards at Oregon State on Dec. 22...had 15 points at Oregon on Dec. 20 in Pac-10 opener...led ASU with 18 points, including 10-of-13 from the free throw line, against Utah on Dec. 4 at America West Arena...had 12 points at BYU on Nov. 24...16 points in season opener vs. Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 17.
#20 BRAD NAHRA: Former walkon who has appeared in 60 games in four-year career...averaged 7.8 points and 20.0 minutes in final five games of 2001...had team-high 12 points in 19 minutes vs. #8 Arizona on Feb. 21, 2001...had 11 points in career-high 26 minutes in win over Oregon on March 3, 2001...made 9-of-10 free throws to end last year and averaged 11.4 minutes per game in Pac-10 play...made 13-of-17 FTs in Pac-10 play in 2001.
#22 TYSON JOHNSTON: Played 15 minutes vs. Utah on Dec. 4...transferred from Utah after 1998-99...started both games of 2001 Washington trip due to ankle injury to Chad Prewitt...six points, five boards and four blocks at UW on Jan. 11 in first career start...21 minutes and four points vs. #2 Stanford on Jan. 4...nine points and five boards at SDSU on Dec. 16.
#42 SHAWN REDHAGE: An excellent student-athlete who has a 3.4 GPA in construction science...2001 Pac-10 All-Academic selection...has made 22-of-28 (.786) from the free throw line this year and is playing very well off the bench recently...had a season-high 13 points at California on Feb. 2...averaging 20.3 minutes, 7.5 rebounds and four assists in the past six games...played a season-high 24 minutes at Washington State on Jan. 12 and posted eight points...also had seven assists and six boards vs. UCLA on Jan. 17...has made 161-of-197 (.817) free throws in his three-year career...seven points in 15 minutes vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...16 points vs. UCLA on Jan. 18, 2001...14 points and seven boards vs. Stanford on Jan. 4, 2001...19 points and 12 boards vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30, 2000...earned ASU Holiday Classic All-Tournament honors in 2000.
#52 CHAD PREWITT: Averaging 19.8 points and 7.7 boards in the past 12 games...11-of-21 (.524) from three-point range in the past five games...has 10 20-point games on the year (20 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games)...has eight career double-doubles and four this year...has led ASU in scoring in 10 of the past 12 games...averaging 34.8 minutes per game in the past four contests...22 points, six boards and six assists vs. No. 10 Arizona on Jan. 23...21 points and 12 boards in 37 minutes vs. No. 18 USC on Jan. 19...22 points and eight boards vs. No. 9 UCLA on Jan. 17...posted 13 points, six boards and seven assists in Jan. 12 road win vs. WSU...had 24 points and eight boards at UW on Jan. 10...tallied back-to-back career highs in the sweep of Oregon schools with 25 vs. Oregon State and 27 vs. Oregon and also had a career-high 12 boards vs. the Ducks on Jan. 6...was 17-of-29 (.586) from the field and 16-of-19 (.842) from the free throw line and averaged 26 points and 10 boards in Oregon schools sweep and earned Pac-10 Player of the Week...posted 22 points on 7-of-8 (.875) shooting from the field on Dec. 29 vs. Northwestern in ASU holiday tournament final which earned him tourney MVP honors...had 18 points and eight boards at Oregon State on Dec. 22...20 points at BYU on on Nov. 24 (7-10 FGs)...played just eight minutes vs. Portland State on Nov. 27 after hyperextending his left knee, as ASU was winning 19-4 when he went out of the game...21 points in season opener vs. Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 17.
SHELL AND ALLEN UPDATES: Tanner Shell, who averaged 9.1 points per game in Pac-10 games including a 24-point effort at USC, broke his left hand in practice in late December last year and missed the remainder of the 2000-2001 season and took a medical redshirt. In 1999-2000, he had six double-figure scoring games and averaged seven points per game. His 9.1 points per game in Pac-10 play was third on the team. Shell took an indefinite leave of absence from the team on Nov. 27 this year for personal reasons. Also, Justin Allen redshirted last season as he recovered from Hodgkin's Disease and is back on the court this season. Allen posted a season-high 11 minutes and five points in the Jan. 12 win over Washington State.