Campus Scoop with Mike Yam at Arizona State
Today, Mike Yam and the crew caught up with fellow Adidas-wearers in Tempe. Hoping to beat the heat, the team moved indoors and toured other athletic facilities. After, Yam gave us his thoughts on the Sun Devils:
Did anything stand out at practice today?
“One of the things that stood out is the depth and the size of a lot of these players compared to two years ago. To me, it’s amazing to see what Todd Graham has been able to accomplish in a short period of time. The defense when he first took over this program didn’t have one guy over six feet tall. Now, all of a sudden, tall players are common on his roster. You have 6' 3' or 6' 4' guys on a defense that are insanely impressive. The other thing that stood out to me was Mike Bercovici, which is not a shocker, but I was impressed by his poise. His arm strength is absolutely ridiculous. He was making some passes when he was clearly off balance and was getting the ball to his receivers just as well as other guys are when they are completely set."
Anything not related to football?
“For the first time, I got to check out the basketball facilities. It was my first opportunity also to talk to Bobby Hurley and see how his program is going to be. They’ve already done a great job in terms of recruiting, but the facilities here for the basketball teams, both men’s and women’s, are incredible. They have equal space for both the men and the women. I haven’t seen everyone else’s in the Conference, but I would be hard pressed to find another program in women’s basketball that has a facility like Charli Turner Thorne has to work with. I know she’s thrilled to have a ton of the resources that she has here at ASU.”
This was our first stop on the tour that was all Adidas. How did you like that?
“There were some ASU shirts that I saw that were interesting. It’s funny because I was talking to some of the coaches and they said, ‘We have all of this clothing that we are going to donate because it’s all Nike stuff, and now we’re Adidas guys.’ It’s clearly great to have that partnership with Adidas. They hooked up our analysts and myself with some pretty sweet shoes. I saw a few of the coaches looking down at our feet. I don’t know if these have even come out yet - we’re the first ones to wear them. We’re pretty lucky.”
For more from Yam’s travels, visit the Pac-12 Networks Insider Blog.