Men's Hoops Plays Host To #9 UCLA And #18 USC This Weekend
Jan. 15, 2002
Sun Devils have won five of past six and nine of past 12
Thurs., Jan. 17 -- vs. #9 UCLA (12-3, 4-1) -- 6:30 p.m. MST -- Tempe, Ariz. -- Fox Sports AZ
Sat., Jan. 19 -- vs. #18 USC (13-2, 5-0) -- 4 p.m. MST -- Tempe, Ariz. ABC (KNXV-15)
All games on radio in Phoenix on KFYI 550 AM.
TOUGH TEAMS HEAD TO TEMPE: The Arizona State men's basketball team (10-5, 3-3 in Pac-10), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, plays host to a pair of ranked teams this week. ASU first takes on the ninth-ranked UCLA Bruins at 6:30 p.m. MST on Thursday, Jan. 17, in a game broadcast locally on Fox Sports Arizona. The Sun Devils then play league-leading and No. 18 USC at 4 p.m. MST on Saturday, Jan. 19, in a game broadcast by ABC and shown on KNXV-15 in Phoenix. ASU has won five of its past six and nine of its past 12 after starting the season 1-2. Tim Healey and ASU Hall of famer Lionel Hollins have the radio call on the Sun Devil Radio Network while Tom Dillon, Tim Kempton and former ASU cager Sam Williams will call the UCLA game on Fox Sports Arizona on Thursday. Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas have the call on Saturday for ABC. ABC is coming off a split of the Washington trip, as it fell at Washington 81-68 on Jan. 10 and then topped Washington State 81-71 on Saturday (Jan. 12). The Sun Devils were hurt by poor shooting in the loss to the Huskies, as ASU shot just 32.4 percent (23-of-71) from the field and were just 17-of-32 (.531) from the free-throw line. On Saturday, the Sun Devils held the Cougars to just 20-of-57 (.351) from the field and shot 31-of-57 (.544) from the field for the 10-point road win. ASU is now 23-3 (.885) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent, including a 13-1 (.929) mark in the past two seasons. ASU is led by Jan. 7 Pac-10 Player of the Week Chad Prewitt, who tallied back-to-back career highs in the sweep of Oregon schools (Jan. 4-6) with 25 vs. Oregon State and 27 vs. Oregon and also had a career-high 12 boards vs. the Ducks, as ASU gave UO its only Pac-10 loss this year. He has led ASU in scoring in six of the past seven games and is averaging 20.2 points and seven boards in Pac-10 play.
EXHIBIT A: Chad Prewitt is the first four-year player in Rob Evans' tenure at ASU and it is tough to remember any Pac-10 player improving as much as 'Big Red' from a freshman season to a senior season. ASU has been void of four-year players in its recent history, with only Eddie House (1996-2000), Jeremy Veal (1994-98), Quincy Brewer (1992-97) and Ron Riley (1992-96) playing four seasons beginning with the 1992-93 season. Prewitt, who played his 100th career game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 29 and has 938 career points, is averaging 16.9 points per game this year and is shooting 56.5 percent from the field (87-of-154). He is averaging 20.7 points and 7.9 boards in the past seven games and is 47-of-58 (.810) from the free throw line in that time. Prewitt has seven 20-point games on the year (15 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games). A final note on his improvement: Prewitt scored more points in the Jan. 4-6 weekend sweep of the Oregon schools (52 points) than he did his whole Pac-10 season in his freshman year back in 1998-99 (46 points in 18 games). He is fifth in the Pac-10 at 16.9 points per game.
CHAD PREWITT CAREER YEAR-BY-YEAR
Total 3-Point ReboundsYear GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg1998-99. 30-8 459/15.3 45-82 .549 1-2 .500 32-48 .667 36-52 88 2.9 77-3 26 38 7 16 123/4.11999-00. 32-32 704/22.0 110-215 .512 5-15 .333 63-89 .708 61-75 136 4.3 120-10 40 44 13 24 288/9.02000-01. 27-23 652/24.1 101-210 .481 13-37 .351 58-91 .637 50-82 132 4.9 100-7 56 38 14 24 273/10.12001-02. 15-15 404/26.9 87-154 .565 10-32 .313 70-91 .769 37-56 93 6.2 37-0 35 29 7 12 254/16.9TOTAL... 104-78 2219/21.3 343-661 .519 29-86 .337 223-319 .699 184-265 449 4.3 334-20 157 149 41 76 938/9.0
REMEMBER THIS: Last year against UCLA and USC in Tempe, Chad Prewitt was still feeling the effects of a badly sprained ankle. Prewitt played just four minutes off the bench in the Jan. 18 loss to the Bruins and did not play in the Jan. 20 loss to USC. In the return games in Los Angeles in February, Prewitt had 14 points vs. the Trojans and had eight points and eight boards against the Bruins and also played great post defense against Dan Gadzuric. Gadzuric did not score a point against ASU in Pauley in just 13 minutes. Also, ASU had a starting five of Alton Mason, Donnell Knight, Tyson Johnston, Shawn Redhage and Awvee Storey in both of the games in Tempe. Mason has graduated and the other four are coming off the bench as newcomers Jason Braxton and Curtis Millage are in the backcourt, Kenny Crandall is playing the wing and Tommy Smith and Chad Prewitt are up front.
IMPACT PLAYER: Junior Curtis Millage is making his mark in his initial ASU season. Millage is just one of three Sun Devils to start in all 15 games (Tommy Smith and Chad Prewitt are the others) and leads the team in minutes per game at 28.5, as no other Sun Devil averages more than 27. He is averaging 13.5 points, and his recent play suggests he is beginning to become comfortable with the Division I game. In his past 10 games, he is averaging 14.9 points, including a season-high 24 at Washington State on Saturday. After starting the season 3-of-19 (.158) from the three-point stripe, he is shooting 10-of-22 (.455) from beyond the arc in his past eight games and is 46-of-92 (.500) from the field in his past nine contests. He also leads the team with 25 steals.ETC.: Kyle Dodd has 41 assists and just nine turnovers on the year. In the past seven games, he has 19 assists and just three turnovers (151 minutes)...sophomore Kenny Crandall is 26-of-55 (.473) from the three-point stripe on the year, good enough for fifth in the Pac-10...Awvee Storey earned his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in communications and sociology at ASU's Dec. 15 mid-year commencement...Shawn Redhage has made 17-of-20 (.850) free throws this year. He played a season-high 24 minutes at Washington State on Jan. 12 and posted eight points...sophomore Justin Allen played a season-high 11 minutes at Washington State and scored five points...freshman point guard Jason Braxton has started the past six games and ASU is 5-1 in that time...ASU is fourth in the league in field goal percentage at 46.4 percent...ASU is third in the league in rebounding margin at +4.8...
THAT ONE WIN: The Sun Devils broke a 22-game losing streak to the Bruins on Feb. 17, 2000, in convincing style, a 104-75 win in Tempe. The losing skid to the Bruins dated to Feb. 16, 1989. ASU had one of its best games in a decade in the win, as it matched the school record for three-point shooting with an 8-of-11 (.727) performance. ASU's bench contributed 34 points on 11-of-16 (.688) shooting, including 5-of-6 (.833) from the three-point stripe and 7-of-8 (.875) from the free throw line. ASU was 19-of-29 (.655) from the field in the second half after going 7-of-9 (.778) from the three-point stripe in the first half. ASU forced 24 turnovers and committed just 11.
SOLID DEFENSE: ASU held Canisius to just .271 from the floor (13-of-48) on Dec. 28, the second-best defensive mark in Rob Evans' 106 games at ASU (1998-present). BYU's 15-of-59 (.254) shooting on Dec. 2, 2001, is the second-best defensive effort by any Rob Evans-coached team, dating to when he took over Ole Miss in 1992-93 (a span of 269 games). A look at the top five defensive efforts by an Evans' squad in his 10 years, six at Ole Miss and now in his fourth at Arizona State:
Rk. Pct. FG-A Opponent/Evans' Team Date1. .200 13-65 Ark.-Pine Bluff at Ole Miss Nov. 24, 19972. .254 15-59 BYU at ASU Dec. 2, 20003. .258 16-62 Alabama vs. Ole Miss Feb. 12, 19974t. .271 13-48 Canisius vs. ASU Dec. 28, 20014t. .271 16-59 Delaware St. at Ole Miss Dec. 20, 1994
BACK FROM OREGON MISSION: Kenny Crandall, who was a freshman in 1998-99 and started 23 games, went on a two-year Mormon Mission to Eugene and returned to the Sun Devils this year. Crandall, a native of Mesa, Ariz., and a 6-3 swingman who prepped at Mountain View High School, averaged 5.9 points and 28.4 minutes per game in his initial season and has three years of eligibility. Crandall is averaging 20.7 minutes per game and is 26-of-55 (.473) from the three-point stripe on the year.
ASU VS. USC AND UCLA: UCLA leads the ASU series 46-10 while USC has a 36-26 edge over the Sun Devils...UCLA has won 24 of the past 25 meetings, while USC has won five of the past six...under Rob Evans, ASU has actually outscored the Bruins 482-478, aided obviously by the 104-75 blowout in Tempe two years ago, but the average score of the other five games is UCLA 80.6, ASU 75.6, and no game has had a margin of bigger than eight points.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (142-131/.520) is in his fourth season at Arizona State in 2001-2002 (tenth overall) after being hired on April 7, 1998. The 1997 SEC Coach of the Year spent six seasons at Ole Miss, compiling an 86-81 (.515) record. He led the Rebels to a 42-16 record in his final two seasons, winning two SEC West titles, and led Ole Miss to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1937-38. The 55-year old Evans is a 1968 graduate of New Mexico State, where he captained two NCAA Tournament teams, is a 1989 inductee of the NMSU Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the school's All-Time Basketball team. He is 56-50 (.528) at ASU. Evans' Ole Miss squads were known as a tough man-to-man teams which ranked 13th in the nation and second in the SEC in 1997-98 in rebounding at +6.6, despite no player was in the top 30 in rebounding nationally. Ole Miss held opponents to just 30 percent from the three-point stripe, best in the SEC, and to just 40.6 percent from the field. He is 98-66 (.596) in the past six seasons.
AT THE LINE: Shawn Redhage has established himself as the best free throw shooter in ASU history. Redhage shot 80-of-98 (.816) last year, fourth-best in the Pac-10. A look at Redhage on ASU career FT list:
ASU CAREER FREE THROWS
Rk. Name (Year) FT-A Pct.
1. Shawn Redhage (1999-pres.) 156-189 .8252. Alex Austin (1986-90) 255-313 .8153. Rick Taylor (1974-78) 253-311 .8144. Dennis Hamilton (1963-66) 261-321 .8135. Isaac Burton (1993-95) 208-257 .809
PLAYER NOTES/SEASON AND CAREER HIGHS
#1 JASON BRAXTON: A top 50 recruit from last year...ASU is 5-1 with him in the starting lineup...has at least one steal in nine games...has played at least 20 minutes in 10 of 15 games...earned first start vs. Canisius on Dec. 28...had seven points and four steals at Oregon on Dec. 20 in Pac-10 opener...posted eight points in 27 minutes vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 27.
#2 DONNELL KNIGHT: Has made 8-of-11 (.727) free throws in his past nine games...posted five points and six boards in season-high 22 minutes vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...12 points in 19 minutes vs. Utah on Dec. 4...posted double digits 18 times last year...10 points and six boards at Cal on Mar. 8...12 points at #12 Arizona on Jan. 24...17 points and six boards vs. #24 USC on Jan. 20...15 points and 13 boards at Washington on Jan. 11 for a double-double...15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...18 points vs. Kent State on Nov. 25.
#3 KYLE DODD: Has made 17-of-24 (.708) free throws in his past 10 games...has 19 assists and three turnovers in his past seven games (151 minutes)...in his 76-game career, he has 176 assists and just 72 turnovers, a 2.44-to-1 ratio...averaging just one turnover every 23.6 minutes in his career (1699 minutes and 72 turnovers)...had 10 points at Washington on Jan. 10...six points and five assists vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...had seven points vs. Utah on Dec. 4...averaged 26.3 minutes per game in Pac-10 play last year, tied for third on the team...has five dunks in career (two this year)...notched career-high 15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30, 2000...showed poise in his rookie year (1999-2000), nailing the winning three-pointer in OT as ASU won at WSU 81-79 and began its first four-game Pac-10 win streak since 1995.
#4 TOMMY SMITH: Had 19 points, nine boards and three blocks at Washington State on Jan. 12...posted 18 points, eight boards and six assists vs. Oregon State on Jan. 4...had 16 points at Oregon on Dec. 20...posted 19 points and nine boards at BYU on Nov. 27...had 14 points and career-high 14 boards vs. Portland State on Nov. 20...voted Most Improved Player at the team's banquet last year...matched a Pac-10 record for FG% by making all 11 shots against Washington on Feb. 10, 2001, and played well from mid-January through the end of last season...averaged 12.5 points in the final 15 games...scored in double-digits in 12 of the final 15 games after posting double digits in just five games in his freshman season (1999-2000)...52-of-78 (.670) from the field and averaged 12.9 points in his final 10 games...shot 58.5 percent from the field (79-of-135) in Pac-10 games last year.
#11 AWVEE STOREY: Has 16 double-doubles in 74-game ASU career...had 16 points and 10 boards vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 27...Pac-10 top rebounder last year at 9.1 per game...averaged 12.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in Pac-10 pl ay last year...his 9.7 rebounds per game in Pac-10 games was a conference best...honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...five straight double-figure rebounding games from Jan. 6-20, 2001.
#12 KENNY CRANDALL: Averaging 9.8 points, shooting 13-of-19 (.684) from the floor, 7-of-12 (.583) from the three-point stripe and has made all six free throws in the past four games...is 26-of-55 (.473) from the three-point stripe on the year...14 points on 5-of-5 shooting vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...14 points in season-high 33 minutes vs. Oregon State on Jan. 4...had 10 points and seven boards in first start of season on Dec. 22 at Oregon State...had 22 points vs. Prairie View A & M on Dec. 1, including 19 in the first half...played in 1998-99, Rob Evans' first year, and then went on a two-year Mormon Mission to Eugene, Ore.
#14 CURTIS MILLAGE: Averaging 14.9 points in past 10 games...has 25 steals on the year...is 46-of-92 (.500) from the field in the past nine games...10-of-22 (.454) from beyond the arc in his past eight games...24 points at Washington State on Jan. 12...15 points at Washington on Jan. 10...17 points vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...named to the all-tournament team of ASU's holiday tournament after scoring 19 vs. Northwestern on Dec. 29...had 13 points and eight boards at Oregon State on Dec. 22...had 15 points at Oregon on Dec. 20 in Pac-10 opener...led ASU with 18 points, including 10-of-13 from the free throw line, against Utah on Dec. 4...had 12 points at BYU on Nov. 24...16 points in season opener vs. Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 17.
#20 BRAD NAHRA: Former walkon who has appeared in 57 games in three-year career...averaged 7.8 points and 20.0 minutes in final five games of 2001...had team-high 12 points in 19 minutes vs. #8 Arizona on Feb. 21, 2001...had 11 points in career-high 26 minutes in win over Oregon on March 3, 2001...made 9-of-10 free throws to end last year and averaged 11.4 minutes per game in Pac-10 play...made 13-of-17 FTs in Pac-10 play in 2001.
#22 TYSON JOHNSTON: Played 15 minutes vs. Utah on Dec. 4...transferred from Utah after 1998-99...started both games of 2001 Washington trip due to ankle injury to Chad Prewitt...six points, five boards and four blocks at UW on Jan. 11 in first career start...21 minutes and four points vs. #2 Stanford on Jan. 4...nine points and five boards at SDSU on Dec. 16.
#42 SHAWN REDHAGE: An excellent student-athlete who has a 3.3 GPA in construction science...2001 Pac-10 All-Academic selection...had eight points in season-high 24 minutes at Washington State on Jan. 12...has made 156-of-189 (.825) free throws in his three-year career...seven points in 15 minutes vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...16 points vs. UCLA on Jan. 18, 2001...14 points and seven boards vs. Stanford on Jan. 4, 2001...19 points and 12 boards vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30, 2000...earned ASU Holiday Classic All-Tournament honors in 2000.
#52 CHAD PREWITT: Averaging 20.7 points and 7.9 boards in the past seven games and is 47-of-58 (.810) from the free throw line in that time...has seven 20-point games on the year (15 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games)...has seven career double-doubles and three this year...posted 13 points, six boards and seven assists in Jan. 12 road win vs. WSU...had 24 points and eight boards at UW on Jan. 10...tallied back-to-back career highs in the sweep of Oregon schools with 25 vs. Oregon State and 27 vs. Oregon and also had a career-high 12 boards vs. the Ducks on Jan. 6...was 17-of-29 (.586) from the field and 16-of-19 (.842) from the free throw line and averaged 26 points and 10 boards in Oregon schools sweep and earned Pac-10 Player of the Week...has led ASU in scoring in six of the past seven games...posted 22 points on 7-of-8 (.875) shooting from the field on Dec. 29 vs. Northwestern in ASU holiday tournament final which earned him tourney MVP honors...had 18 points and eight boards at Oregon State on Dec. 22...20 points at BYU on on Nov. 24 (7-10 FGs)...played just eight minutes vs. Portland State on Nov. 27 after hyperextending his left knee, as ASU was winning 19-4 when he went out of the game...21 points in season opener vs. Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 17.
SHELL AND ALLEN UPDATES: Tanner Shell, who averaged 9.1 points per game in Pac-10 games including a 24-point effort at USC, broke his left hand in practice in late December last year and missed the remainder of the 2000-2001 season and took a medical redshirt. In 1999-2000, he had six double-figure scoring games and averaged seven points per game. His 9.1 points per game in Pac-10 play was third on the team. Shell took an indefinite leave of absence from the team on Nov. 27 this year for personal reasons. Also, Justin Allen redshirted last season as he recovered from Hodgkin's Disease and is back on the court this season. Allen posted a season-high 11 minutes and five points in the Jan. 12 win over Washington State.
OLD THREE-DOT DATA: Arizona State made 18-of-24 (.750) shots in the second half to beat Oregon and held the Ducks to just 4-of-20 (.200) from the three-point stripe...ASU had just seven turnovers vs. Oregon State on Jan. 4, the second fewest in Rob Evans' 106 games as head coach at ASU. The low was on Feb. 6, 1999, when ASU had just five at Washington...ASU was 18-of-20 (.900) from the free throw line against Canisius on Dec. 28, its best mark since Jan. 24, 1998, when it went 15-of-16 (.938) at Oregon.
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVIL ROSTER
Pos # Name Yr. Ht./Wt. PPG RPG Notes
G 1 Jason Braxton Fr. 6-2/180 3.6 1.6* Top 50 recruit byThe Hoop Scoop/19.9 minutes per game and 18 steals
F 2 Donnell Knight Jr. 6-7/200 3.9 2.7 12 points, 5-8 FGs, and 19 minutes off the bench vs. Utah on Dec. 4
G 3 Kyle Dodd Jr. 6-0/175 4.2 2.7* Has 19 assists and just two turnovers (151 minutes) in past seven games
F 4 Tommy Smith Jr. 6-10/215 13.5 5.0 19 points, 9 boards and 3 blocks at WSU on Jan. 12
F 11 Awvee Storey Sr. 6-6/225 6.8 4.7 Pac-10 top boarder last year at 9.1 pg/11 double-doubles in 2000-01
G 12 Kenny Crandall So. 6-3/195 7.6 2.1 26-of-55 (.473) from the three-point stripe on the year/started past 7 games
G 14 Curtis Millage Jr. 6-2/175 13.5 3.3 Averaging 14.9 points in past 10 games/shooting 49 percent from field
G 15 Tanner Shell So. 6-6/216 4.0 3.3 Out indefinitely for a leave of absence on Nov. 27/9.1 ppg. in Pac-10 in 99-00
G 20 Brad Nahra Sr. 6-4/217 1.1 0.7 7.8 ppg. and 20.0 minutes per game in final five contests last year
C 22 Tyson Johnston Jr. 7-0/264 1.0 1.7 15 minutes vs. Utah on Dec. 4/3 games played in 2001-2002
G 23 Jonathan Howard So. 6-4/200 2.7 1.8 Local product from Brophy College Prep./18 games played last year
F 24 Justin Allen So. 6-7/225 1.6 0.7 Redshirted last year with Hodgkin's Disease/11 minutes at WSU on 1-12
G 32 Brandon Goldman Jr. 5-9/165 0.3 0.3 Two-year walkon who has played in three games this year
F-C 33 Chris Osborne Jr. 6-9/240 2.0 0.8 Wrist injury kept him on the sideline until Dec. 1 Prairie View A & M game
F 42 Shawn Redhage Jr. 6-7/225 4.6 1.7 156-189 (.825) from the FT line in his career, best mark in ASU history
F-C 52 Chad Prewitt Sr. 6-9/241 16.9 6.2 Averaging 20.7 points and 7.9 boards in the past seven games