Arizona State's James Harden Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Jan. 7, 2008

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE guard James Harden has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 31 - Jan. 6, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Harden, a freshman from Los Angeles, Calif., helped the Sun Devils to a pair of wins last week, beating Oregon, 62-54, and Oregon State, 72-53. Against the Ducks, Harden scored 20 points, shooting 38.5 percent from the field (5-of-13) and .800 (8-of-10) from the free throw line. He also added seven rebounds and one steal. Against the Beavers, Harden scored 24 points, shooting 61.5 percent from the field (8-of-13). In addition, he recorded five rebounds and two blocks in his seventh 20-point game. This ties Harden for the second-most 20-point game by a freshman in ASU history, and the most by a Pac-10 freshman this year.

For the week, he shot 13-of-26 (.500) from the field, 4-of-8 (.500) from three-point range, 14-of-19 (.737) from the free throw line and averaged 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Harden now leads the Sun Devils in scoring (17.6 ppg), steals (25), and minutes per game (31.0).

This is the first weekly honor for Harden and Arizona State's 25th Player of the Week all-time.

2007-08 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week: Nov. 20 - Jon Brockman, Jr., F, WASH; Nov. 26 - Kevin Love, Fr., F, UCLA; Dec. 3 - Ryan Anderson, So., F, CAL; Dec. 10 - Jordan Hill, So., F, ARIZ; Dec. 17 - Ty Abbott, Fr., G, ASU. Dec. 24 - Jon Brockman, Jr., F, WASH. Dec. 31 - Jerome Randle, So., G, CAL; Jan. 7 - James Harden, Fr., G, ASU.

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