Men's Hoops Opens Exhibition Season Thursday
Nov. 11, 2004
ASU PLAYS FIVE IN TEN TO GET STARTED: The Arizona State men'sbasketball team opens its exhibition season on Thursday, Nov. 11,against Alberta-Edmonton and then takes on EA Sports All-Stars onTues., Nov. 16, (both at 7 p.m.) to open the 2004-2005 slate. The SunDevils then play five games in 10 days to start the regular season.ASU takes on Jackson State on Nov. 21 and Delaware State on Nov. 23in Tempe as part of the Las Vegas Invitational, then travels to LasVegas to play UTEP on Friday, Nov. 26, at Valley High School at 7:30p.m. PT. ASU then takes on either Vanderbilt or Southern Illinois onSaturday. UTEP, Southern Illinois and Vanderbilt all made the 2004NCAA Tournament, and UTEP (24-8 last year) is picked to win the WACand Southern Illinois (25-5) is picked to win the Missouri ValleyConference. ASU then goes straight from Las Vegas to Temple, where ittakes on Hall of Fame coach John Chaney on Nov. 30.
REGARDING EXHIBITIONS: ASU won both its exhibition games last year asEvans is 10-2 in preseason games at ASU. ASU topped EA Sports on Nov.12, 80-65, after trailing 38-29 at the half. ASU topped Ratiopharm94-74 on Nov. 17 behind Ike Diogu's 28 points and 10 boards. In histhree career exhibition games, Diogu is 31-of-46 (.674) from thefield.
DIOGU AMONG TOP SCORERS: Ike Diogu averaged 22.8 points per game in2003-2004, which not only led the Pac-10 but was ninth in the nation.Diogu enters the 2004-2005 season as the nation's third-leadingreturning scorer and is the first Pac-10 scoring leader to be back oncampus the following season since Reggie Miller won the honors in1985-86 and returned in 1986-87.Points Per Game, Nation's Top Returning Scorers FROM 2003-2004
'04 Rk. Name, Team Cl. G FGM 3FG FT PTS PPG 1. Keydren Clark, St. Peters So. 29 233 112 197 775 26.7 4. Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont Jr. 24 203 14 159 579 24.1 9. Ike Diogu, Arizona State So. 27 179 14 243 615 22.8 17. Jose Juan Barea, Northeastern So. 26 180 73 105 538 20.7 18. Ken Tutt, Oral Roberts Fr. 28 193 101 92 579 20.7
RECRUITS GET HIGH MARKS IN SUMMER: ASU's incoming recruiting class isranked 14th (tied with Indiana) in the nation by Clark Francis ofHoop Scoop. ASU added guard Tyrone Jackson of Fresno City College,wing Bryson Krueger of Yavapai College, wing Tim Pierce of HerculesHigh School in Oakland and forward Craig Austin of El Camino HighSchool in San Diego to its roster. Others ranked in the top 15 fromthe Pac-10 include Oregon (eighth) and USC and UCLA (tied for ninth).The rankings were in the June issue of Basketball Times.