Men's Hoops Final Notes And Numbers From 2005-06
April 20, 2006
SUN DEVIL DATA: The Arizona State University men's basketball team(11-17; 5-13 in the Pac-10 Conference) closed its 2005-06 season onMarch 8 with a 71-68 loss to Oregon State in the Pac-10 Tournament.After starting Pac-10 play 1-9, ASU went 4-5 in its final nine gamesas freshman Jeff Pendergraph continued to impress and improve. ThePac-10 All-Freshman Team honoree averaged 14.7 ppg. (second on team)and led ASU in rebounding (8.0 rpg.) and double-doubles (four) inthat time. ASU finished first in the Pac-10 in three-point percentagefor just the second time in school history at 37.8 percent(158-of-418), its best mark since the 1988-89 squad set the schoolmark with a .430 clip and also led the league. It also allowed 69.9points per game, its best defensive mark since the 1991-92 team gaveup 69.1 points per game.
NEW COACH: Herb Sendek will take over the Sun Devils in 2006-07, asthe former NC State and Miami (Ohio) mentor has 13 seasons of headcoaching experience and led the Wolfpack to five straight NCAAappearances from 2002-06. Sendek is 253-158 (.647) in 13 seasons andwas 191-132 (.591) at NC State. The 43-year old Pittsburgh, Pa.,native will be second-youngest coach in the Pac-10 next year behindonly first-year head coach Tony Bennett of Washington State, yet his253 careers wins is fourth in the league.
MORE PENDERGRAPH: Jeff Pendergraph, a member of the Pac-10All-Freshman Team, worked himself into shape after missing all of thefall conditioning and most of November due to surgery to remove abenign tumor in his left leg. Pendergraph finished fourth in thePac-10 in field goal percentage in league games shooting 51.5 percent(87-of-169). Among Pac-10 freshman, he was second in the league inpoints per game (10.9), third in rebounds (6.1), third in field goalpercentage (.494) and first in blocks (0.85). Pendergraph had 15double-figure scoring games (eight of final nine) and averaged 13.0points and 8.3 boards in the final six games. Since the calendarturned to 2006, Pendergraph averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds inthose 17 games. ASU's two most recent All-Freshman honorees are bothplaying in the NBA (Ike Diogu in 2002-03 and Eddie House in 1996-97).
Pac-10 Freshman Scoring LeadersRk. Freshman, School PPG1. Marcus Williams, UA 13.02. Jeff Pendergraph, ASU 10.93. LR Mbah a Moute, UCLA 9.14. Jon Brockman, UW 9.05. Justin Dentmon, UW 8.1
Pac-10 Freshman Reb. LeadersRk. Freshman, School RPG1. LR Mbah a Moute, UCLA 8.22. Jon Brockman, UW 6.53. Jeff Pendergraph, ASU 6.14. Marcus Williams, UA 4.7
IMMEDIATE IMPACT: Jeff Pendergraph had 23 blocks, the fifth-most inSun Devil history by a freshman, and his 49.4 percent shooting fromthe floor ranks among the best in ASU freshman history. A look atPendergraph on ASU freshman lists:
ASU FRESHMAN BLOCKS (1978-79 to present)Rk. Name, Season, Blocks1. Mario Bennett, 1991-92, 552. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91, 333. Ike Diogu, 2002-03, 314. Shawn Redhage, 1999-2000, 245. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06, 236. Tommy Smith, 1999-2000, 217. Ron Riley, 1992-93, 17T8. Sylvester Seay, 2005-06, 13T8. Jim Deines, 1981-82, 13
ASU FRESHMAN REBOUNDINGRk. Name, Season, RPG1. Ike Diogu, 2002-03, 7.82. Mario Bennett, 1991-92, 6.83. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91, 6.24. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06, 6.15. Johnny Nash, 1976-77, 5.8
ASU FRESHMAN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE (minimum 100 attempts)Rk. .Pct. Name, Season (FGM-FGA)1. .608 - Ike Diogu, 2002-03 (209-of-344)2. .574 - Mario Bennett, 1991-92 (159-of-277)3. .570 - Dwayne Fontana, 1990-91 (102-of-179)4. .568 - Eric Holloway, 1983-84 (79-of-139)5. .520 - Shawn Redhage, 1999-2000 (103-of-198)6. .500 - Byron Scott, 1979-80 (66-of-132)7. .494 - Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06 (115-of-233)8. .492 - Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 (189-of-384)9. .487 - Mark Carlino, 1985-86 (55-of-113)10. .479 - Steve Beck, 1983-84 (116-of-242)
KRUGER LEADING: Junior Kevin Kruger, who earned honorable mentionAll-Pac-10 honors and was a second-team NABC District 15 selection,was among the Pac-10 top-10 in minutes per game (38.96/first),three-point field goals made per game (2.89/first), free throwpercentage (.810/sixth), steals (1.50 pg/sixth), assist-to-turnoverratio (1.34/ninth), scoring (15.0 ppg./ninth), three-point percentage(.378/fouth) and assists (3.54 pg/tenth). He played 11 40-minutegames on the year, including seven of the final 11 contests, andaveraged 40.2 minutes in the final 12 games after the Feb. 1850-minute effort at California in the double overtime win. His 38.96minutes per game tied for second in the nation. He played 1,091 outof 1,140 possible minutes this year (95.7 percent), which was secondin the nation. Kruger's 81 three-pointers made this year is thefourth-best mark in school history, while his 201 three-pointattempts is the seventh-most.
IRON MAN: Kevin Kruger's 38.9 minutes per game is the top mark on theASU single-season chart. Here's a look at ASU's top single-seasonminutes per game numbers.
ASU MINUTES PER GAME (1962-63 to present)RK. Player, Season MPG1. Kevin Kruger, 2005-06 38.92. Stevin Smith, 1993-94 38.53. Fat Lever, 1981-82 38.24. Freddie Lewis, 1965-66 38.15. Alex Austin, 1989-90 37.9T6. Jeremy Veal, 1997-98 37.5T6. Paul Williams, 1981-82 37.58. Dwayne Fontana, 1993-94 37.3T9. Eddie House, 1999-2000 37.2T9. Seabern Hill, 1969-70 37.2
HOGGING MINUTES: Kevin Kruger played 1,091 of 1,140 minutes thisyear, the second-best percentage (.957) in the nation.
National Leaders/Percentage of MinutesRk. Player, School Pct. of Minutes1. Jared Jordan, Marist 97.42. Kevin Kruger, Arizona St. 95.73. Keydren Clark, St. Peter's 95.64. Ronald Steele, Alabama 95.35. Whit Holcomb-Faye, Radford 95.1
MORE MINUTE STUFF: Kevin Kruger averaged 38.9 minutes per game, tiedfor second-most in the nation.
National Leaders/Minutes Per GameRk. Player, School MPG1. Chris Quinn, Notre Dame, Sr. 40.0T2. Kevin Kruger, Arizona St., Jr. 39.0T2. Jared Jordan, Marist, Jr. 39.04. Keydren Clark, St. Peter's, Sr. 38.85. James Holmes, South Florida, Sr. 38.6T6. Ronald Steele, Alabama, So. 38.4T6. Quinton Day, UMKC, Jr. 38.4T6. Jarrius Jackson, Texas Tech, Jr. 38.4
KRUGER'S PAC-10 RANKINGS: Kevin Kruger was the only player to rank inthe top-10 in eight Pac-10 categories this past year, as five playerswere ranked in the top-10 in six of the 13 categories. Kruger andMalik Hairston of Oregon shared the distinction of being the highestscoring players (each averaged 15.0 points per game) to not earnAll-Pac-10 honors (both made honorable mention). Kruger led theleague in minutes per game (38.96) and three-point field goals madeper game (2.89), one of just two players to lead the league in morethan one category. Leon Powe of California led the Pac-10 in scoring,rebounding, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds.
FRESHMEN NOTES: Jeff Pendergraph and Sylvester Seay each scored 21points vs. Oregon on Feb. 11, the first time in ASU history twofreshmen have scored 20 points in the same game. Against Stanford onJan. 21, Pendergraph looked every bit of the part of a futurebig-time player with 14 points (7-of-8 shooting), three rebounds andtwo blocks in just 10 minutes. On the defensive end, Stanford seniorand All-Pac-10 performer Matt Haryasz, the conference's sixth-bestscorer and second-best rebounder, was 1-of-4 from the floor and hadone rebound, but at the 7:44 mark of the first half Pendergraphsprained his right ankle and would be done for the night. Haryaszwent on to finish with 27 points (8-of-12 after the injury) and 10boards (nine after the injury) as Stanford won 70-64.
ASU Pacific-10 All-Freshman SelectionsSun Devil, SeasonJeff Pendergraph, 2005-06Ike Diogu (Freshman of the Year), 2002-03Eddie House, 1996-97Ron Riley, 1992-93Mario Bennett, 1991-92Dwayne Fontana, 1990-91Jamal Faulkner (Freshman of the Year), 1990-91Chris Sandle, 1984-85Steve Beck, 1983-84Byron Scott (Freshman of the Year), 1979-80
OTHER FRESHMAN: Sylvester Seay was in on the freshman-does-well act,as in the final 13 games he averaged 7.2 points and 17.6 minutes. Inthat time he also has 10 blocks and eight steals. He played aseason-high 30 minutes vs. Oregon on Feb. 11 and had 21 points andfive boards and was 8-of-13 (.615) from the floor. In the final ninegames, Seay averaged seven points and 16.7 minutes.
MAKING SHOTS: ASU led the league in three-point percentage, hitting158-of-418 (.378), bolstered by Kevin Krugers 81-of-201 (.403) andBryson Krueger's 48-of-124 (.387). The Sun Devils hit free throws aswell, as Kevin Kruger finished at 81.0 percent (98-of-121) and BrysonKrueger, after going to the line just 28 times in 2004-05, finishedat 87.7 percent (50-of-57). ASU finished fourth in the Pac-10 in freethrow percentage, hitting on 72.2 percent (410-of-568), theeighth-best mark in school history.
POINT: Sophomore Antwi Atuahene averaged 7.1 points, 3.6 boards and3.9 assists in 25.7 minutes per game (third on the team). In thefinal 16 games he averaged 29.4 minutes (third on the team), 7.8points (fourth on team) and 4.6 assists, with a career-high 21 pointsat Oregon on Jan. 12 and a career-high in minutes (42) at OregonState on Jan. 14, including the game-winning shot with eight secondsleft in OT. He also had a career-high five steals against Arizona onJan. 25 and posted 10 assists vs. Oregon on Feb. 11, the most by aSun Devil in the previous 67 games (Jason Braxton had 12 at USC onJan. 17, 2004).
CLOSE: After playing (but losing) back-to-back one-pointers for thefirst time since 1982-83 on Jan. 5-7, ASU got a win with its 65-63overtime win at Oregon State (Jan. 14) and then followed that up witha 65-64 double-overtime win at NCAA-bound California on Feb. 18, asASU is 7-4 in road overtime games in the past eight years. The SunDevils lost 66-65 to USC on Jan. 5 as Lodrick Stewart's only bucketwas when he hit a three-pointer with seconds remaining to give theTrojans the win. ASU was leading UCLA 60-59 with under 10 secondsleft on Jan. 7, but Jordan Farmar hit a runner to give UCLA a 61-60win. ASU's last back-to-back one-pointers came on Jan. 10, 1983,(87-86 loss to sixth-ranked UCLA) and Jan. 13, 1983, (75-74 atWashington State).
DEFENSE: ASU had two of its best defensive efforts against theleague's best two shooting teams in mid-January. Oregon State enteredits ASU game on Jan. 14 at 53.4 percent in Pac-10 games, but ASU heldthe Beavers to just 22-of-56 (.393) in Gill Coliseum. On Jan. 7against UCLA, ASU held the Pac-10 champion Bruins to 18-of-50 (.360)and just 1-of-15 (.067) from the three-point stripe.
BAD LUCK: Senior Allen Morill missed the remainder of the year afterhaving microfracture surgery on his left knee on Dec. 19. Morill hadplayed in the first seven games (starting in two) and averaged 15.7minutes before his injury. He posted a career-high 14 points againstAlcorn State on Nov. 26 and had 10 points and nine boards in 29minutes vs. Minnesota on Dec. 5. At the time of the injury, Morillwas the second-most experienced Sun Devil (57 career games), as ASUhad just one senior (Tyrone Jackson) on the roster the rest of theseason.
THAT IS NOT ALL: In addition to Morill's season-ending injury, othersmissed games and many practices. Serge Angounou, a two-year starter,suffered a bone bruise on his left knee in practice on Dec. 4 andmissed the next two games (both losses) and practiced on a limitedbasis all season. Freshman Jeff Pendergraph had a benign tumorremoved in the fall from his left femur and did not get anyconditioning or practice until November, as he missed bothexhibitions and the first game of the season. Sophomore AntwiAtuahene did not miss a regular season game due to a nasal fracturesuffered in November, but he missed the second exhibition game andsome practices and had to wear a mask until mid-January to protecthis nose. And while freshman Chad Goldstein could not play in in thefirst six games after transferring last year from UC-Davis, it didn'tstop him from catching the injury bug. He broke his nose in the falland wore a mask in practice and in his first game at Iowa on Dec. 17.Two days later, in his first practice, his nose was broken again.
IN THE NBA: Three Sun Devils made NBA rosters in 2005-06, as 2005Lottery pick (ninth overall) and 2005 Pac-10 Player of the Year IkeDiogu (Golden State Warriors), is joined by 1999-2000 Pac-10 Playerof the Year Eddie House (Phoenix Suns) and Awvee Storey (WashingtonWizards), the Pac-10's leading rebounder in 2000-2001. Diogu becameASU's seventh first-round pick and the first since Mario Bennett wentto Phoenix in 1995 (27th overall). Diogu is the highest Sun Devildrafted since Byron Scott went fourth in 1983.
#1 Antwi Atuahene NOTES: Posted double digits in scoring innine games...averaged 29.4 minutes (third on the team), 7.8 points(fourth on team) and 4.6 assists in final 16 games...10 points atStanford on Feb. 16...12 points and 10 assists vs. Oregon on Feb. 11,the most assists by a Sun Devil since Jason Braxton had 12 at USC onJan. 17, 2004...nine points, seven boards and seven assists vs. UCLAon Feb. 9...12 points at #14 UCLA on Feb. 2...five steals vs. Arizonaon Jan. 25...11 points vs. Stanford on Jan. 21...hit game-winner atOregon State on Jan. 14 in overtime in 42 minutes...posted 21 pointsat Oregon on Jan. 12...had eight points, seven assists and sevenrebounds in his second start on Jan. 7 against #17 UCLA...10 pointsat #7 Washington on Dec. 29...11 points vs. Minnesota on Dec. 5...15points vs. USCB on Nov. 28.
#4 Jeff Pendergraph NOTES: Posted double-digits in 15 games(including eight of final nine)...started final 22 games...13.0points and 8.3 boards in final six games...33.8 minutes in final 11games...12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in final 17 games...Pac-10All-Freshman honoree...fifth double-double with 15 points and 11boards vs. #14 Washington on March 2...fourth double-double atArizona on Feb. 25 with 10 points and 12 boards in 40 minutes...thirddouble-double was at Cal on Feb. 18 with 15 points and 11 boards...18points and nine boards at Stanford on Feb. 16...had 21 points(10-of-18 from floor) on Feb. 11 vs. Oregon...second double-doublecame on Feb. 9 vs. Oregon State with 18 and 11 boards...15 points andseven boards at USC on Feb. 4...17 points and 11 rebounds in firstdouble-double vs. Arizona on Jan. 25...had 14 points (7-of-8shooting) and two blocks in 10 minutes against Stanford on Jan. 21before missing rest of game (ankle injury)...averaged 13.5 points and7.5 rebounds against Los Angeles schools in January, with 16 pointsagainst USC on Jan. 5 (7-of-12 shooting) and 11 points vs. UCLA onJan. 7...20 points vs. Utah Valley State on Dec. 10 (7-of-13shooting)...missed the first game of the year vs. Southern Utah as hewas still recovering from surgery to remove a benign tumor from leg,found in the fall.
#12 Bryson Krueger NOTES: Averaged 12.3 points, including acareer-high 27 against North Texas...averaged 12.6 points in final 11games and was in double figures in nine of those contests...was indouble figures in 18 games and had two 20-point games...16 points in37 minutes vs. Oregon State on March 8 in Pac-10 Tournament...14points at Arizona on Feb. 25 off the bench...19 points includinggame-winning three-pointer at California on Feb. 18...14 pointsincluding 8-of-9 free throws at Stanford on Feb. 16...14 points vs.Oregon State on Feb. 9 in 37 minutes...14 points at #14 UCLA on Feb.2...14 points and 4-of-6 from the three-point stripe vs. Arizona onJan. 25...18 points and seven boards 41 minutes in Jan. 14 overtimewin at Oregon State...14 points vs. USC on Jan. 5...named to ASUHoliday Classic All-Tournament Team after notching 18 points inchampionship game against NAU on Dec. 22...50-of-57 (.877) from thefree throw line on the year, as his free throw attempts was a notablefigure as he went to the line just 28 times in 2004-05...in his59-game career (45 starts), he is 88-of-216 (.407) from thethree-point stripe.
#13 Kevin Kruger NOTES: Averaged 38.9 minutes per game on the year,tops in the Pac-10 and tied for second in the nation...played 40minutes in 11 games on the year...had seven 20-point games and 24double-figure scoring games in 2005-06...229-of-282 (.811) from thefree throw line in 87-game career and is 157-of-187 (.840) in Pac-10games...career-high 27 points vs. Minnesota on Dec. 5...22 points vs.Oregon State (including five three-pointers) on Mar. 8 in Pac-10Tournament...20 points vs. Washington State on March 4...23 points onMarch 2 vs. Washington...16 points in 50 minute double-overtime atCal on Feb. 18...15 points at Stanford on Feb. 16...17 points,including five three-pointers, in Feb. 9 win over Oregon State...23points vs. Arizona on Jan. 25 and at Washington State on Dec. 31.
#30 Sylvester Seay NOTES: Averaged 7.2 points and 17.6 minutes infinal 13 games...played a season-high 30 minutes vs. Oregon on Feb.11 and had 21 points, five boards and three steals and was 8-of-13(.615) from the floor...averaged seven points and 16.7 minutes infinal nine games...11 points in 22 minutes at USC on Feb. 4...hadeight points and seven boards in first career start vs. Stanford onJan. 21...came off the bench on Jan. 19 vs. California and had 13points in 22 minutes on 5-of-7 shooting.
#33 Tyrone Jackson NOTES: Earned start on Senior Day on March 4 vs.Washington State and had 12 points in 30 minutes, including twothree-pointers...had four double-digit scoring games on the year,including a career-high 15 against Utah Valley State on Dec.10...career-high nine assists vs. USC on Jan. 5...averaged 21.0minutes per game this year after averaging 15.1 minutes per game lastyear...averaged 16.8 minutes in the final 13 games last year and had41 assists and just 13 turnovers in that time.
#45 Serge Angounou NOTES: Had career-high 16 rebounds in 35 minutesvs. Washington State on March 4...posted eight rebounds in 27 minutesat California on Feb. 18...had solid weekend in Los Angeles with 11points and nine boards at UCLA on Feb. 2 and 11 points and 10 boardsat USC on Feb. 4...posted 10 points in overtime win at Oregon Stateon Jan. 14...was in double digits in seven games in 2005-06...scoreda career-high 23 points in a career-high 38 minutes vs. #17 UCLA onJan. 7 after scoring a then season-high 19 points vs. USC on Jan.5...62-of-79 (.785) from the free throw line in his past 40 gamesdating to last year...three 20-point games in career...sixdouble-doubles and 10 double-figure rebounding games in career...hadan 18-point, 10-rebound game against Washington State on Jan. 27,2005, when he was perfect in seven field goal attempts...has 19double-digit scoring games in the past two seasons.
100-POINTS: No ASU opponent has scored 100 points in Wells FargoArena since Feb. 27, 1988, when third-ranked Arizona topped ASU101-73, a span of the past 301 home games.
NEVER AN EASY OPENER: With Arizona winning the 2005 Pac-10 title, the2004-05 season marked the fourth time in the previous six that ASUopened the season with an eventual Pac-10 champion, as ASU faced theeventual Pac-10 champion three straight years in its Pac-10 openerfrom 2000-2002, facing Stanford in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 and thenopening with Oregon in 2001-2002. ASU opened Pac-10 play on Dec. 29at 2005 Pac-10 Tournament champion, then-undefeated andseventh-ranked Washington and fell 91-67, and the Huskies finishedsecond in the league this year. This year also marked the sixth timein eight years ASU opened Pac-10 play on the road, and the two homegames were against top-five teams. ASU fell to No. 2 Stanford on Jan.4, 2000, in Tempe, and to fourth-ranked Arizona 93-74 on Jan. 3, 2003.
ASU PAC-10 RECENT OPENERSDate Score Site NotesDec. 29, 2005 #7 UW 91, ASU 67 Seattle, Wash.UW ends 13-5 in Pac-10 play
Jan. 2, 2005 #14 Arizona 97, ASU 79 Tucson, Ariz.Arizona wins Pac-10 at 14-4
Jan. 3, 2004 #4 Arizona 93, ASU 74 Tempe, Ariz.Arizona goes 20-10
Jan. 2, 2003 ASU 67, OSU 47 Corvallis, Ore.ASU finishes 20-12 and in NCAAs
Dec. 20, 2001 Oregon 103, ASU 90 Eugene, Ore.UO wins Pac-10, goes 26-9
Jan. 4, 2001 #2 Stanford 94, ASU 77 Tempe, Ariz.Stanford wins Pac-10, goes 31-3
Jan. 6, 2000 #1 Stanford 86, ASU 67 Palo Alto, Calif.Stanford wins Pac-10, goes 27-4
Jan. 2, 1999 USC 72, ASU 70 Los Angeles, Calif.USC ends ASU 6-game win streak
ETC.: ASU placed five players in double figures at USC on Feb. 4, thefirst time that had happened in 35 games (Jan. 15, 2005, also atUSC)...ASU has won eight straight against Oregon State in Tempe andis 12-5 against the Beavers in the past eight years...ASU is 7-4 inroad overtime games in the past eight years...ASU won nine straightgames from November 27-Dec. 29 of 2004, the longest Sun Devil winstreak since the 1980-81 team won 11 straight...ASU started 4-0 thisyear for the first time since 1994-95...ASU is 4-4 at Oregon in thepast eight years...ASU tied the school record for three-pointpercentage by hitting 8-of-11 (.742) against North Texas, led byBryson Krueger who was perfect in five attempts...ASU made 32-of-40(.800) free throws against Alcorn State on Nov. 26, its most madefree throws since it hit 35 in the season opener againstArkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 22, 2003...ASU made 24-of-27 (.889) freethrows against Southern Utah and at Stanford, tied for the sixth-bestmark in school history with a minimum of 20 attempts...ASU had 13steals vs. SUU, matching last season's season-high set in the firstgame against Jackson State and forced 27 turnovers, the most forcedby ASU since Dec. 22, 2003.
FREEBIES: ASU made free throws at a 73.5 percent rate in 2003-2004,the fifth-best mark in ASU history and the second-best in theprevious 17 seasons. It shot 72.2 percent this year, the eighth-bestmark in school history. A look at the best free throw teams in ASUannals.
ASU TOP SEASON FREE THROW PERCENTAGE1. 75.6 - 19782. 75.4 - 19553t. 74.6 - 19983t. 74.6 - 19875. 73.5 - 20046. 73.0 - 19577. 72.9 - 20008. 72.2 - 20069. 72.1 - 198910. 72.0 - 1982