Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Day: Arizona State

Oct. 29, 2009

 

Arizona State Head Coach Herb Sendek 

Opening Statement
“Its amazing how fast things go. A little more than three years ago, we were in a place where we needed to get some bodies to fill our roster.  There is usually not a lot of guys available in the spring and summer.  Yet, we were really fortunate that we brought three guys in at that time that are now in their senior year and they all have had a positive impact on our program.  The first guy that joined rank with us was Jerren Shipp, who went to Fairfax High School here in L.A.  He has kind of been a utility infielder for us, a jack of all trades.  He goes into his senior year in the best shape of his life.  Eric Boateng - we were lucky to pick him up when he transferred to Arizona State from Duke.  He has worked really  hard every step of the way, and I think he is on the doorstep to having his career-best year for us.  Derek Glasser - he was going to walk-on at USC, joined ranks with the Sun Devils.  He became a starter for us halfway through the freshman year.  Now going into his senior year, he has a chance of becoming the all-time assist leader at Arizona State.  So now, we look to those guys who really jumped on board at the beginning for us for great leadership for us. Things have kind of come full circle.  These three late signees have now become our senior leaders.  I think Derek Glasser doesn’t get enough credit for some of the success that James [Harden] and Jeff [Pendergraph] experienced.  He has been a steady hand at the wheel and gotten the ball to those guys.  He can really dish the basketball on target and left his junior year playing some of the best basketball of his career.  Our junior class also has three really experienced players. Guard/Forward Rihards Kuksiks has really distinguished himself as a shooter.  Ty Abbott, who unfortunately had to have his knee operated on, and we are hoping to get him back sometime later in November. Guard Jamelle McMillan, who especially at the end of the season was starting to play well with Harden.  Those six upperclassmen really need to lead the way.  Hopefully, Ty will be back joining ranks with them.  To that group we add our freshman class, who are probably thinking more than playing right now.  From a pure number standpoint we will count on them significantly to help us.”

How is the offense going to change without Harden and Pendergraph
“It is going to change.  For the last two years, a lot of what we did started and ended with those guys.  We ran quick-hitters through them. This year, it will have to be much more equal opportunity.  It will have to be balanced and every night we will have to have a different guy come up big.  It will be an equal opportunity offense.”

On the play of freshmen
“The young guys are still making transitions and learning. This takes some time, but they will come around.  Make no mistake about it, it is a transition going from high school to college, but they will be alright.”

On the play of Eric Boateng
“I just believe in him.  I want so badly for him to have a good year.  I have watched him work so hard,  building his body, cultivating his game, I have just watched him grow of much since his freshman year and I think he can have a great season.”

 

 

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