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Some @SunDevilHoops Roster Notes...

Oct 2, 2014

The 2014-15 hoops season is right around the corner. The Sun Devils tip the season Nov. 14 at Wells Fargo Arena against Chicago State, and practices begin next week.

Here are some quick notes on last year and scroll down for a quick rundown of the roster heading into open practice.

DANG GOOD HOME SEASON: ASU posted one of the best home seasons...if not the best...in 40-year history of Wells Fargo Arena in 2013-14, as it finished 16-1 on Ned Wulk Court and won eight straight Pac-12 home games after dropping the opener vs. Washington back on Jan. 2. Since the building opened in 1974-75, ASU had just two seasons with one or no losses prior to this season. It opened the building with 14 straight wins in 1974-75 and in 1980-81 it went 14-1 at home led by Byron Scott, Fat Lever and Alton Lister. The Sun Devils also tied the school record for home wins (16) with the 2009-10 and 2012-13  teams also coached by Herb Sendek.

SUN DEVIL BEST HOME SEASONS AT WELLS FARGO ARENA (1974-75 TO PRESENT)
1974-75: 14-0
2013-14: 16-1
1980-81: 14-1

BIT OF HOME HISTORY: ASU's 69-66 overtime over No. 2 UA was the highest ranked team the Sun Devils have ever beaten at home.
ASU WINS VS. TOP-5 TEAMS
#6 ASU 93, #5 Wichita State 87 (Dec. 7, 1963)
ASU 89, #3 Michigan 87 (Dec. 1, 1965 in Portland)
ASU 95, #3 USC 78 (Dec. 1, 1971)
ASU 89, #5 San Francisco 70 (Dec. 3, 1977) (AT WELLS FARGO ARENA)
#5 ASU 87, @#1 Oregon State 67 (March 7, 1981)
ASU 68, #4 Oregon State 60 (March 6, 1982) (AT WELLS FARGO ARENA)
ASU 78, @#4 UCLA 76 (March 12, 1983)
ASU 77, #5 Arizona 74 (Feb. 20, 1992) (AT WELLS FARGO ARENA)
ASU 90, @#4 Stanford 87, OT (Jan. 31, 1998)
ASU 69, #2 Arizona 66, 2 OT (Feb. 14, 2014) (AT WELLS FARGO ARENA)

THIRD: ASU finished 10-8 and tied for third in the Pac-12 and earned the No. 3 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, marking the third time it has finished third or better in Herb Sendek's eight seasons. ASU tied for third in 2008-09 and finished second in 2009-10, ASU's best back-to-back finishes in the loop since Ned Wulk finished second in both 1979-80 and 1980-81. ASU has finished third or higher nine times, Herb Sendek has done it three of those times.

BEST PAC-10/12 FINISHES BY ARIZONA STATE
2009-10/2nd (Herb Sendek)
1980-81/2nd (Ned Wulk)
1979-80/2nd (Ned Wulk)
2013-14/T-3rd (Herb Sendek)
2008-09/T-3rd (Herb Sendek)
1994-95/3rd (Bill Frieder)
1992-93/T-3rd (Bill Frieder)
1990-91/T-3rd (Bill Frieder)
1982-83/T-3rd (Bob Weinhauer)

20 AND COUNTING: ASU has its fifth 20-win season under Coach Sendek in his eight years. In the previous 25 seasons (1981-82 to 2005-06) it had three (20-10 in 1989-90 and 24-9 in 1994-95 under Bill Frieder and 20-12 in 2002-03 under Rob Evans).

QUICK ROSTER NOTES...
#0 TRA HOLDER (LOS ANGELES, CALIF./6-1/GUARD/FRESHMAN)

A three-year standout in high school, he averaged 20.2 points at Brentwood School near Los Angeles. The freshman played in 70 games and also averaged 6.8 rebounds per game and 4.8 assists. He earned first-team All-League and first-team All-CIF Southern Division 4A honors. His scouting report referred to him as a player that is incredibly explosive with good vision.

#1 ROOSEVELT SCOTT (ST. PAUL, MINN./6-4/GUARD/JUINOR)
The 6-4 Scott, who was coached in junior college by current Sun Devil assistant coach Barret Peery, was the leading scorer (17.5 ppg) for an Indian Hills junior college team that was 34-3 and finished second in the NJCAA Division I national tournament, losing to Jones County (MS) in the title game...named to the all-tournament team at the national tourney, where he averaged 22.5 pts. in four games...led Indian Hills in field goals (202), field goal attempts (389), free throws (153) and free throw attempts (205)...shot .519 from the field, .382 from 3-point range and .746 from the free throw line...also averaged 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals...scored in double figures in 29 games and scored 20 or more points 15 times...first-Team All-Region 11.  

#2 WILLIE ATWOOD (MEMPHIS, TENN./6-8/FORWARD/JUINOR)
The 6-8 Atwood put up serious digits en route to third-team All-America honors and was the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference and Region II Player of the Year at Connor State...averaged 20.8 points last season in leading the Cowboys to a 23-7 season record and was named to the Region II All-Tournament team...was Cowboy head coach Bill Muse’s 14th junior college All-American during his 22-year coaching stint at Connors...scored 953 points to average 15.6 points per game over two seasons...his sophomore season he scored a career high 41 points against Independence Community College and had 11 double-doubles...shot .576 percent from the floor ...270-of-349 for 77.4 percent at the free throw stripe, while pulling down nine caroms per game...also averaged 2.1 assists per game, while making 20 steals and 8 block shots last year.

#3 CHANCE MURRAY (LOS ANGELES, CALIF./6-2/GUARD/SOPHOMORE
Chance saw action in 22 games and simply couldn’t find minutes because Jahii Carson (35.4 minutes), Jermaine Marshall (31.7) and Bo Barnes (13.8) snagged all the backcourt playing time. One thing to remember about Chance...he doesn’t turn 19 until November. He probably should be entering his freshman year. He was the youngest player in the Pac-12 last year.

#4 GERRY BLAKES (INGLEWOOD, CALIF./6-4/GUARD/JUINOR)
Gerry, a 6-4 guard, was named the California Player of the Year and was also named the Foothill Conference Most Valuable Player for a San Bernardino Valley College team that was 29-8 and finished second at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Men's Basketball State Championship, losing in the title game....Inglewood Morningside product was the leading scorer in the Conference, averaging 23.7 points per game, grabbing 182 total rebounds, shooting .398 from beyond the arc and .521 from the field...started 35 games for SBVC and shot nearly 78 percent from the line...scored in double figures in 34 games and had seventeen 20+ point games and three 30+ point games...had a season high 33 points in the first round of the Mesa Fiesta Bowl Shoot Out versus host Mesa Community College on December 27....coached by Sun Devil Quincy Brewer, who played on ASU’s 1995 Sweet Sixteen team and played in 82 games in four years from 1993-97...averaged 17 points in freshman season.

#11 SAVON GOODMAN (PHILIDELPHIA. PA./6-6/ FORWARD/SOPHOMORE)
The UNLV transfer and Philadelphia prep product will be eligible after the fall semester of 2014, probably for the Dec. 20 Lehigh game.  A 2012 graduate of Constitution High School in Philadelphia, Pa., Goodman averaged 25.8 points, 14.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as a senior and led the Generals, coached by Robert Moore, to a record of 23-9 and the PIAA state, Philadelphia Public League and district titles. He was selected as a Parade All-American and was a member of the USA Elite National Team that won gold at the FIBA 22u World Championships in France in April 2012. Goodman played at UNLV in 2012-13 and averaged 3.6 and 2.4 rebounds before transferring to Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, but did not play in 2013-14.

LINK: @SUNDEVILHOOPS INKS SAVON GOODMAN 

#21 ERIC JACOBSEN (CHANDLER, ARIZ./6-10/FORWARD/JUNIOR)
Eric started 15 games last year and averaged over 10 minutes a game. With 64 games in two-year career, expect him to build on the minutes from last year and increase the 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds he averaged in 2013-14. Here is random stat on Eric...when he scored five points last year, ASU was 5-0.

#24 SAI TUMMALA (PHOENIX, ARIZ./6-7/FORWARD/JUNIOR)
The pre-med major from Salt Lake C.C. played in 15 games in his sophomore year. When Shaq’s minutes went up and it was impossible to take Jermaine off the floor, minutes were hard to come by, but he has his eye on making an impact this season.

#31 JON GILLING (DENMARK/6-7/FORWARD/SENIOR)
Jon Gilling’s .434 (66-of-152) shooting from the three-point stripe last year is the fifth-best in Sun Devil history with at least 100 attempts and is the second-best in the past 17 seasons as only Rihards Kuksiks .443 (93-of-210) mark in 2008-09 is better from 1997-98 to present. With 203 career three-pointers, look for him to pass Jeremy Veal (224), Eddie House (250) and Ron Riley (263) this year and push Kuksiks (280) and Ty Abott (273) for second and third on the Sun Devil career chart.

#33 BO BARNES (SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ./6-4/GUARD/SENIOR)
Barnes has played in 85 games in his three-year career, with 53 at Arizona State and 32 in his freshman year at Hawaii when he knocked down 57 three-pointers (2010-11), a school freshman record. His stats from last year don't show the whole value, as his 8.7 minutes and 4.5 points per game can be misleading. In the final 16 games, Barnes averaged 19.6 minutes, shot .466 (34-of-73) from the floor and was 20-of-48 (.417) from the three-point stripe. He chipped in with 6.7 points per game, and had four double-figure scoring games on the year. Yes, he switched to No. 33 this year.

Bo Barnes Gets Degree; Goes Back To China With Pac-12 Squad

#40 SHAQUIELLE McKISSIC (SEATTLE, WASH./6-5/SENIOR/WING)
Shaq posted double digits in 16 games and after averaging 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in the first nine games in 18.9 minutes per game, he was third on the team in minutes per game in the final 24 games at 32.0 and averaged 10.5 points (fourth on the team) and 5.8 rebounds (second on the team). He shot a team-best .509 (82-of-161) from the field in that time and was second on the team with 65 assists.

#44 KODI JUSTICE (MESA, AZ./6-4/FRESHMAN/GUARD)
A smooth-shooting 6-4’’ guard, Kodi averaged 15.4 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game his senior year at Dobson High School, Mesa. Justice is described as having a nice outside shot and the ability to attack the basket with both hands. He made it known that he has he has always wanted to be a Sun Devil.

#55 CONNOR MacDOUGALL (TEMPE, AZ./6-9/FRESHMAN/FORWARD)
Local player can rebound well does a good job identifying opportunities for outlet passes while in the paint. Has an excellent frame and has the chance to get minutes this year and then progress into an excellent player down the road.