James Harden Becomes Second-Highest NBA Pick In Sun Devil History

June 25, 2009

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James Harden became the second-highest Sun Devil selected in the NBA Draft when the Oklahoma City Thunder picked him third tonight. Only Joe Caldwell in 1964 was the second pick overall (and the first Sun Devil ever drafted).

Just click on James Harden to get his updated bio complete with clips, links and final ASU statistics.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic explains why Harden and Pendergraph measured out perfectly at NBA Combine, and it has Coach Sendek's fingerprints all over it

The Oklahoma City Thunder media talks about Harden possibly being a great fit

Do you realize just how decorated and how many awards James Harden received this year? Click here to read about it

BIG NOTE FOR THE TEAM: 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

EVERYONE'S ALL-AMERICAN: Pac-10 Player of the Year James Harden, a first-team consensus All-American, averaged 20.1 points per game, 5.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists...ASU went 27-7 when he scored 20, including 14-4 this year...20.1 points per game led the Pac-10...since stepping onto campus last fall, all James Harden did for Arizona State basketball is help lead it to 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), go 5-0 against Arizona (best effort against the Wildcats since ASU won nine straight from 1979-83), sweep UCLA this year for just the third time in school history, lead ASU to its largest win over a ranked opponent in school history with 22-point win over #17 Xavier on Dec. 17, 2007, lead ASU to its first top-10 road win since 1998 when it won at #9 UCLA this year and lead ASU to four straight Pac-10 road wins for the first time since 1980-81.

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

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