James Harden Becomes First Sun Devil To Earn First-Team Associated Press All-American Honors

March 30, 2009

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Arizona State sophomore James Harden has earned first-team All-American honors from the Associated Press, the first Sun Devil to earn the honor. Also on the first team are Blake Griffin (Oklahoma), DeJuan Blair (Pitt), Stephen Curry (Davidson) and Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina).

Harden, the Pac-10 Player of the Year who also earned first-team All-American by Sporting News, the USBWA, CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com, finished the year averaging a Pac-10 best 20.1 points per game to go along with 5.6 boards and 4.2 assists and led ASU to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons. Its 25 wins this year is second-best in school history and most since the 1974-75 team went 25-4.

Harden has led ASU to several milestones in the past two seasons. ASU posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since Jimmy Carter gave up his seat to Ronald Reagan (Reagan took office on Jan. 20, 1981) as ASU was 24-4 in 1980-81 and 22-7 in 1979-80), went 5-0 against Arizona (best effort against the Wildcats since ASU won nine straight from 1979-83) and swept UCLA this year for just the third time in school history. He also helped lead ASU to its largest win over a ranked opponent in school history (22-point win over #17 Xavier on Dec. 17, 2007), to its first top-10 road win since 1998 (at #9 UCLA this year) and to four straight Pac-10 road wins for the first time since 1980-81.

ASU stayed in the Associated Press rankings all season for the first time in school history. ASU peaked at No. 14 and fell to No. 24, but never fell out. The AP does not do a post NCAA Tournament poll, so ASU's final AP ranking for the 2008-2009 season is 19th.

SUN DEVIL 40+ POINT GAMES
61-Eddie House at California (2 OT), Jan. 8, 2000
46-Eddie House vs. San Diego State, Dec. 18, 1999
45-Paul Williams at USC, Mar. 10, 1983
42-Eddie House vs. Penn State, Dec. 29, 1999
40-James Harden vs. UTEP, Nov. 30, 2008
40-Eddie House vs. UCLA, Feb. 17, 2000

SUN DEVIL SINGLE-GAME FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
23-Ike Diogu vs. Western Michigan, Dec., 30, 2003
23-Mario Bennett vs. Washington St., Feb. 5, 1995
22-Ike Diogu vs. Oregon State, Jan. 24, 2004
21-James Harden vs. BYU, Dec. 20, 2008
21-Ike Diogu vs. Delaware State, Nov. 23, 2004
21-Dave Graybill vs. San Jose St., Dec. 17, 1955

SUN DEVIL CAREER STEALS
1. 258 - Eddie House, '96-2000
2. 246 - Stevin Smith, '90-94
3. 236 - Lafayette Lever, '78-82
4. 202 - Ron Riley, '92-96
5. 158 - Jeremy Veal, '94-98
6. 153 - Alton Mason, '98-01
7. 150 - Byron Scott, '79-83
8. 141 - Marcell Capers, '92-95
9. 136 - Steve Beck, '83-87
10. 132 - James Harden, '07-09

SUN DEVIL SEASON TOTAL POINTS
1. 736 - Eddie House, 2000
2. 724 - Ike Diogu, 2005
3. 713 - Byron Scott, 1983
4. 704 - James Harden, 2009
5. 666 - Jeremy Veal, 1998

SUN DEVIL SEASON FREE THROWS MADE
1. 248 - Ike Diogu, 2005
2. 243 - Ike Diogu, 2004
3. 204 - James Harden, 2009
4. 180 - Ike Diogu, 2003
5. 173 - Freddie Lewis, 1966
6. 169 - James Harden, 2008

SUN DEVIL SEASON FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
1. 311 - Ike Diogu, 2005
2. 298 - Ike Diogu, 2004
3. 270 - James Harden, 2009
4. 245 - Ike Diogu, 2003
5. 234 - Mario Bennett, 1995
6. 224 - James Harden, 2008

SUN DEVIL CAREER SCORING AVERAGE
1. 21.4 - Ike Diogu, '02-05
2. 19.2 - Seabern Hill, '67-70
3. 19.0 - James Harden, '07-09
4. 18.2 - Joe Caldwell, '61-64
5. 17.5 - Byron Scott, '79-83

SUN DEVIL CAREER FREE THROWS
1. 671 - Ike Diogu, '02-05
2. 373 - James Harden, '07-09
3. 366 - Jeff Pendergraph, '05-09
4. 362 - Royce Youree, '55-58

25 WINS: ASU posted 25 wins for the first time since the 1974-75 team led by Lionel Hollins went 25-4. ASU's school record for wins is 26 set in 1962-63 (26-3). ASU also won 24 games in 1980-81 (24-4). That 1980-81 team had three starters become NBA first round draft picks in Fat Lever (21st pick in 1981), Fat Lever (11th pick in 1982) and Byron Scott (fourth pick in 1983).

MOST WINS
1. 26 - 1963
2. 25 - 2009; 1975
4. 24 - 1995; 1981
6. 23 - 1962; 1961
8. 22 - 1980
9. 21 - 2008
10. 20 - 2003; 1991

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