ASU Signee James Harden Named A McDonald's All-American

Feb. 26, 2007

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Arizona State men's basketball fall of 2007 signee James Harden has been named a 2007 McDonald's All-American, just the fourth in the program's history and the first Sun Devil signee to earn the honor since Chris Sandle in 1984.

Harden will join Eric Boateng as the third and fourth Sun Devils to earn the honor. Boateng earned the honor in 2005 and transferred to ASU last spring after playing his freshmen season (2005-2006) at Duke.

The game will take place March 28 at 8 p.m. ET at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. Harden will play for the west squad.

The other Sun Devil in addition to Harden, Boateng and Sandle was 1988 ASU Hall of Fame inductee and 2002 Pac-10 Hall of Honor inductee Byron Scott, who earned the honor out of Morningside High School in 1979.

Harden is the top-ranked prospect out of California by and is currently the 11th-ranked player in the nation.

His Artesia high school squad is 27-2 this season and ranked No. 12 nationally by USA Today. The Pioneers beat Long Beach Jordan 83-73 on Friday night behind Harden's 25 points to advance to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section I-AA playoffs.

On Tuesday, the Harden-led squad will play Dominquez. The winner of the game will play in the championship against the winner of the semifinal that features Mater Dei and Compton. Artesia went 33-1 last year en route to the state title.

Harden is averaging a team-best 18.1 points per game, and he's second on the team with eight rebounds and 3.6 assists per outing.

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