Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:31 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 2:37 pm
By Gary Parrish
Arizona State dismissed leading scorer Keala King from the program on Sunday.
"We have decided that Keala will no longer be with the team," said Arizona State coach Herb Sendek. "We wish him nothing but the best in the future."
King was suspended along with two teammates last week and did not play in Thursday's win over USC or Saturday's loss to UCLA. A source told CBSSports.com that the dismissal is the culmination of various off-the-court issues. King, a sophomore, was averaging 13.7 points per game. Arizona State is 5-10. The Sun Devils host Oregon on Thursday.
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:13 pm
By Jeff Goodman
It keeps getting worse for Herb Sendek and Arizona State.
The latest news is that the trio of Keala King, Kyle Cain and Chris Colvin have all been suspended and remained in Tempe while the Sun Devils play at USC on Thursday night and at UCLA this weekend.
Sources told CBSSports.com that the trio has been suspended indefinitely and is expected not to play against UCLA as well.
King was leading the team at 13.7 points per game, Cain, also a full-time starter, was averaging 8.5 points and 6.5 boards and Colvin was averaging 5.4 points and had started five games.
Arizona State is 4-9 this season.
Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:22 am
Edited on: December 19, 2011 9:33 am
By Jeff Goodman
There's no East Coast bias here. The Pac-12 stinks. Plain and simple.
"No excuses," one head coach in the league texted me. "You're right."
There's truly no defense for what's gone on out west thus far. The league has been absolutely manhandled.
Sunday was just another day in the park for the Pac-12, one that saw South Dakota State pummel Washington in Seattle and then watched Virginia go out to Oregon and take care of the Ducks.
A day prior, there was no shame in Gonzaga working over Arizona in Seattle. But what about Northern Arizona - with a 70-year-old interim head coach -- knocking off Herb Sendek's Arizona State Sun Devils? Or Georgia going west and beating USC at the Galen Center?
We thought, entering the season, there were four teams that were capable of making a legitimate run to the NCAA tournament. Maybe even a handful - if you want to include an Oregon team that was thrown together due to desperation.
UCLA appeared formidable on paper, but we quickly learned that one player can truly wreck a season (see: Reeves Nelson). Arizona isn't nearly as talented as some thought, especially with talented freshman Josiah Turner refusing to buy into Sean Miller's approach early in the season.
Oregon's Dana Altman has already lost his top freshman, Jabari Brown, and is now reliant on a bunch of second-chance guys (i.e. Devoe Joseph, Tony Woods) and Washington, the most talented team in the league, earned its most impressive win against UC Santa Barbara. California was blasted by Missouri and also lost on the road to what everyone figured was a rebuilding San Diego State club.
Stanford has been the most impressive team in the league thus far with a 9-1 record, but the Cardinal still hasn't notched a victory against an NCAA tourney team. The loss was impressive, against top-ranked Syracuse in New York, but the most significant wins have come against N.C. State and Oklahoma State - a pair of teams likely headed to the NIT.
Don't even get me started on teams like Arizona State (4-6), Washington State (which lost to UC Riverside), USC (which already has seven losses), Colorado (which has lost to Wyoming and Colorado State) and a dismal Utah team. None will even be on the bubble for the CBI or CollegeInsider.com.
Listen, I want to defend the Pac-12. I graduated from a school in the league.
But I'd lose all credibility in doing so.
However, if there's one positive spin I can put on the Pac-12's misery, it's the fact that this league is up for grabs, a complete toss-up right now. It's difficult to imagine a scenario in which the regular-season champ doesn't get an at -large bid to go dancing - and obviously, the tourney winner gets an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
That means everyone in the league still has a shot.
Well, maybe not quite everyone.
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:17 pm
By Jeff Goodman
As if things weren't already difficult enough for Herb Sendek at Arizona State, now comes word from the NCAA that the Sun Devils heralded point guard Jahii Carson won't be eligible to play this season.
The NCAA finally rendered its decision on Carson - considered one of the top floor leaders in the freshman class and a Top 50 recruit nationally.
The news was confirmed by Arizona State spokesman Doug Tammaro.
According to sources, Carson fell just short on a necessary ACT score related to the NCAA's sliding academic scale. He'll be allowed to practice with the team this season, but Sendek and the struggling Sun Devils could sorely use Carson now.
Arizona State is 3-5 overall with losses coming against Pepperdine, New Mexico, Fairfield, DePaul and Nevada.
Carson was expected to take the reigns of the team from the get-go, but instead it's been Iowa State transfer Chris Colvin and Keala King who have shared the ball-handling duties thus far.
It seems like an eternity ago that Sendek appeared to have things in order out in Tempe, when James Harden led the Sun Devils to the second round of the NCAA tournament. However, Arizona State finished 12-19 last season and appear to be headed for a similar record this year.
That's the bad news.
The good is that Arizona State could have a potent backcourt a year from now, once Carson, Liberty transfer Evan Gordon (Eric's little brother) and Hawaii transfer Bo Barnes all become eligible. Leading scorer Trent Lockett is a junior and King, who has played well thus far, is just a sophomore.
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:15 am
Edited on: November 28, 2011 4:20 pm
When one thinks of a Herb Sendek-coached team, the idea of a defensive-minded, ball-control team comes to mind.
Not this season.
Arizona State is just 2-4 this season, with the two wins coming over Montana State and Wake Forest. The most concerning trend for the Sun Devils is their assist-to-turnover ratio. Through six games, they have 63 assists and 111 turnovers.
Arizona State is averaging 18.5 turnovers per game, which is highly unconventional for a Sendek-coached team. Last season, Arizona State averaged just 12.2 per game, tying for the second-fewest in the Pac-10. Here are the turnover numbers for Arizona State during Sendek’s regime (credit to Arizona State’s sports information department):
What makes the numbers even worse is the tempo at which Arizona State plays. According to Kenpom.com, the Sun Devils are in the bottom 100 of the country in tempo. The turn the ball over on 18.4 percent of their possessions, ranking No. 293 in that category.
There is no one primarily culprit for this epidemic. All five of the starters are averaging more than two assists per game. Chris Colvin and Keala King are leading the way, but neither is a true point guard – which is the biggest problem on the team. Trent Lockett has taken his chances handling the ball as well, but he too is not a point guard.
Sendek expected to hand the keys to freshman Jahii Carson right off the bat, but the talented recruit is yet to be cleared. The NCAA is still waiting on some test scores, and no one in Tempe seems overly optimistic about the situation resolving itself anytime soon, according to sources.
Carson is an excellent playmaker who was a very good ball-handler and could initiate offense for himself and others. He would likely solve many of the turnover-related problems for the Sun Devils.
With that said, it’s not just point guard play. Arizona State is simply not taking care of the ball at all. The Sun Devils are throwing the ball away too often, making poor decisions at nearly every position.
Arizona State does have the offensive talent to get some wins in Pac-12 play. However, it needs to completely turn around the way it takes care of the ball.
Essentially, it needs to become more like a Herb Sendek team.
Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 6:11 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Midnight Madness is here.
So is the college hoops news.
- Kansas took the hardest hit of the day when it was announced that freshman Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor are ineligible this season and have been deemed "partial qualifiers."
This is a significant blow to a Kansas team that has already been questioned for its lack of "Kansas talent."
There's Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor and a bunch of unproven guys.
- A source told CBSSports.com that Arizona State's heralded freshman point guard Jahii Carson won't be in uniform for the Sun Devils first practice - as he waits for an NCAA ruling.
- Ole Miss received the word - per a source - that South Carolina transfer Murphy Holloway has been cleared to play this season by the NCAA.
- DePaul's Macari Brooks won't be eligible to play this season due to academics, per a source.
- Xavier announced that Chris Mack has suspended senior big man Kenny Frease for "not handling his daily responsibilities on and off the playing floor that we expect from every one of our players here at Xavier."
- Washington's Scott Suggs will miss 2-3 months due to a broken foot. The Huskies have enough to sustain the loss, but it will certainly hurt Lorenzo Romar's depth.
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:20 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 2:28 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Kevin Ware wasn't the only one who was awaiting his fate.
Louisville's freshman failed to meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements. The school received the news on Friday and Ware, a 6-foot-4 wing from Georgia, will attempt to become eligible for the spring semester.
CBSSports.com has learned that there are several other high-profile players who are still making their way through the NCAA clearinghouse due to academic concerns:
- Kansas freshmen Ben McLemore, Jamari Taylor and Braeden Anderson
- Arizona State's prized point guard Jahii Carson
- Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross
- St. John's frosh Amir Garrett and Norvel Pelle
- Maryland late signee, Ukraine native Olexiy Len
- DePaul's Macari Brooks
Bill Self told reporters on Thursday that Ben McLemore, Jamari Taylor and Braeden Anderson - three of his freshmen - have not been cleared to play. McLemore and Taylor are allowed to attend class while Anderson isn't on campus.
McLemore and Taylor both attended three schools while Anderson, according to sources, is being scrutinized for non-traditional classwork in which he was home-schooled.
Seven of Steve Lavin's nine freshmen have been cleared, but according to sources, he's still waiting for the NCAA to clear Garrett and Pelle. Both players are Top 100 players and finished summer school last week.
Carson, a consensus Top 50 recruit nationally, was a huge coup for Herb Sendek and the Sun Devils and is expected to run the team from day one in Tempe. Carson attended Mountain Pointe and Mesa High in Arizona and has yet to be cleared by the NCAA.
Another player whose status is unclear is that of Ross, another Top 50 player. The Ohio State freshman spent his first two seasons of high school in his home-state of Mississippi before transferring to Life Center in New Jersey for his junior and senior campaign.
Len is a 7-foot-1 Ukrainian who is being researched by the NCAA, according to sources, due to his background overseas.
Two more players in Scout.com's Top 100 didn't qualify: Chris Jones, who signed with Bruce Pearl's staff at Tennessee, is playing for former Vols assistant Steve Forbes in the junior college ranks at Northwest Florida State while Central Florida signee Michael Chandler is headed to prep school.
Brooks, a Chicago native who is a piece of Oliver Purnell's class that he is hopeful will help him rebuild the program, also attended multiple schools - including an alternative high school.
Notre Dame freshman Eric Katenda, who suffered a serious eye injury, still has not been cleared. However, Katenda is in no rush since the plan - according to a source - is for him to enroll for the second semester.
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:48 am
Edited on: August 1, 2011 12:41 pm
By Jeff Goodman
I graduated from a Pac-12 school, but it's still going to take me a while before I don't keep saying Pac-10. Anyway, here's the Pac-12 Offseason Report.
Pac-12 Offseason Report
Arizona – Archie Miller left to become the head coach at Dayton and was replaced by Joe Pasternak, who was previously the head coach at New Orleans. The Wildcats will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer and also have non-league games against San Diego State (11-23), at Florida (12-7), at Clemson (12-10) at Gonzaga (12-17 in Seattle). Lamont “Momo” Jones (Iona) and Daniel Berejano (Colorado State) both transferred out of the program.
Arizona State – The Sun Devils will play in the Old Spice Classic in Florida and have non-league games against New Mexico (11-18), at Tulsa (12-3) and against Nevada (12-7). Brandon Dunson (Azusa Pacific) and Corey Hawkins (UC Davis) both transferred out while Sendek & Co. added Eric Gordon’s brother, Evan, from Liberty.
California – The Bears will play in the CBE Classic in Kansas City and also have non-conference dates at San Diego State (12-3) and at UNLV (12-23). Mike Montgomery’s team will also travel to Sweden, Norway and Denmark from Aug. 12-22. Justin Cobbs is eligible this season after sitting out last season following a transfer from Minnesota.
Colorado – Tad Boyle & Co. will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off (11-17/20) and also has non-league games set against Georgia (11-28), at Colorado State (11-30) and against Fresno (12-7). Carlon Brown (Utah) is eligible this year after sitting out last season.
Oregon – The Ducks will go to Italy from Aug. 22 through Sept. 2. Dana Altman’s team will also host a four-team event from Dec. 20-22 that includes N.C. Central, Prairie View A&M and Stephen F. Austin and also play Virginia on Dec. 18. Three players left the program: Malcolm Armstead (Wichita State), Martin Seiferth (Eastern Washington) and Teondre Williams (Clayton State) while Olu Ashaolu (Louisiana Tech) came in and will be eligible to play this season and Tony Woods also decided to transfer to Eugene.
Oregon State – The Beavers will play in the Legends Classic and don’t have any big-time non-league games. Eric Moreland is eligible after sitting out last season following his transfer from UTEP.
Stanford – Johnny Dawkins and his team will go to Spain from Sept. 3-14. Charles Payne was promoted to an assistant spot and replaces Rodney Tention (San Diego). The Cardinal will play in the Preseason NIT and also have non-league games against N.C. State (12-4) and against Butler (12-23).
UCLA – Scott Duncan left to join friend Larry Shatt’s staff at Wyoming and was replaced by former Atlanta Celtics summer coach Korey McCray. Ben Howland’s team will play in the Maui Invitational and also has non-conference contests against Texas (12-3), vs. Richmond (12-23) and at St. John’s (2-18). Larry Drew (North Carolina) transferred into the program and will sit out while two more former Tar Heels – David and Travis Wear – are eligible this season.
USC – The Trojans will take a trip to Brazil from Aug. 12-21. Ryan Hannick is out as the director of basketball operations and has been replaced by Jamal Bode, Kevin O’Neill’s former manager at Arizona. O’Neill & Co. will play in the Las Vegas Invitational (11-25/26) and the Trojans will also play at Minnesota (12-3), New Mexico at home (12-10), Georgia at home (12-17) and Kansas at home (12-22) in the non-league slate. Bryce Jones (UNLV) left the program while Ari Stewart (Wake Forest) and Eric Wise (UC Irvine) both transferred in. Aaron Fuller (Iowa) is eligible this season after sitting out last year.
Utah – New coach Larry Krystkowiak put together a staff of Tommy Connor, DeMarlo Slocum, Andy Hill and Norm Parrish (director of basketball operations). The Utes will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas and also have non-league games at Fresno (12-3), vs. BYU (12-10) and vs. Cal State Fullerton (12-7). Utah has added Glen Dean (Eastern Washington) and Aaron Dotson (LSU) while Will Clyburn (Iowa State) and J.J. O’Brien (San Diego State) left the program.
Washington – The Huskies are hosting an event with Florida Atlantic, Georgia State and Portland and will also play in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 6 against Marquette in NYC. Lorenzo Romar’s team will also play at Saint Louis (11-20), at Nevada (12-2) and against Duke at Madison Square Garden (12-10).
Washington State – Ken Bone’s team will play in the 76 Classic in Anaheim and also against Pepperdine in the Cougar Hardwood Classic on Dec. 22 in Seattle. The Cougars will also face Gonzaga on Nov. 14 on the road. Andre Winston (Portland State) left while Royce Woolridge (Kansas) transferred into the program. Mike Ladd (Fresno) is eligible after sitting out last year.
Offseason reports: Big 12