Men's Hoops Signs Three In Fall Signing Period

Nov. 13, 2004

The Arizona State men's basketball program has signed three student-athletes in the fall signing period, head coach Rob Evans has announced. The trio includes Sylvester Seay (Winchendon School, Mass.)/San Bernardino, Calif.), Seketoure Henry (Lynwood High School/Lynwood, Calif.), and Jeff Pendergraph (Etiwanda High School/Etiwanda, Calif.). All three are expected to join the Sun Devil program in the fall of 2005.

'We are extremely excited about this trio of players, as all of them are very versatile. We have again recruited top-100 players, which is important at the Pac-10 level,' notes ASU head coach Rob Evans. 'Each fall signing period we have signed a top-100 player and that is a tribute to our staff.'

Seay is a 6-9, 200-pound forward who originally is from San Bernadino and is presently attending Winchendon Prep School in Massachusetts. He averaged 21 points, 10 boards and four assists at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., last year. Recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons has him pegged as a top-40 player and one of the top prep school players this year.

'Sylvester has big-time potential as he can play pretty much anywhere on the floor,' notes Evans. 'He is from an extremely athletic family backgound. He can step out and shoot the three-pointer and is a great passer.'

Henry is ranked No. 100 by Hoop Scoop in its September rankings after averaging more than 20 points and five assists in his junior year. The southpaw played for the Belmont Shores in AAU competition.

'Seketoure is a great combination guard,' notes Evans. 'He can create shots and will make players around him better. He has a great passion for the game and is one of the better pure shooters I have watched.'

Pendergraph is a 6-9, 225-pound forward who is ranked No. 62 by Hoop Scoop entering his senior year.

Jeff is very athletic and will be a good fit with Seketoure and Sylvester as he is a great rebounder and is a very unselfish player. He finishes plays well and has a good frame to work with at such a young age.'

'Recruiting continues to be a great experience with our current team. Families and recruits understand and believe in our program and because of that the student-athletes that visit our campus walk away impressed.'

The recruitment of Pendergraph and Henry marks the fifth straight fall in which ASU signed a top-100 player. Current senior Jason Braxton was ranked 47th by Clark Francis of the HoopScoop four years ago and current junior and preseason All-American Ike Diogu checked in at No. 21 on after his senior season. Current sophomore Tron Smith was ranked No. 26 by in his senior year.

ASU opens its season Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. at Ned Wulk Court against Jackson State. It will play its first seven games in a 16-day span, including games against 2004 NCAA participants UTEP (24-8) and either Vanderbilt (23-10) or Southern Illinois (25-5) in the Las Vegas Invitational Nov. 26-27 at Valley High School in Las Vegas. UTEP is picked to win the WAC and returns four double-digit scorers.

2004 Arizona State Men's Basketball Fall SigneesSeketoure Henry G       6-3/175 Lynwood H.S./Lynwood, Calif.Jeff Pendergraph    F       6-9/225 Etiwanda H.S./Etiwanda, Calif.Sylvester Seay  F       6-9/200 Winchendon School (Mass.)/San Bernardino, Calif.