Saturday, January 19, 2008

Move over Beasely, Mayo, and Love

For all of the talk of Micheal Beasley, Kevin Love, and Eric Gordon, there seems to be one name that is being left out of the discussion for the freshmen that has made the most impact: Arizona States James Harden. Last year the Sun Devils were one of the worst teams in any BCS League, but that has all changed this year.

The Sun Devils growth has been accelerated by Harden and fellow Artesia High School graduate Derek Glasser. The two have lead the Sun Devils to an undefeated start to their conference season.

The great start show that Herb Sendek is one of the best coaches in all of the land. When Sendek was at N.C. State the Wolf Pack Nation could not wait to see him leave the program. Part of the NC State fans did not realize how great a job Sendek did when he was in Raleigh.
Sendek coached NC State to the tournament five consecutive years from 2002 until 2006 (tying the school record). He had his most success during these last five years, winning his 100th game at NC State in 2002 and having a winning conference record in each year but one. But that was not enough as Sendek continued to struggle against the big two of the ACC (North Carolina and Duke).

So thanks to Harden, Glasser and the rest of the young Sun Devils, Sendek is making Arizona State a force in the Pac 10.

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