ASU Men's Basketball: Devils Ink Three Local Players

ASU's recruiting class is entirely local for the first time in over a decade.

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ASU Men's Basketball: Sun Devils Sign Two More Local Products

To go along with the signing center Eric Jacobsen, ASU basketball also announced Wednesday that two more athletes from the state of Arizona signed their letters of intent: guard Calaen Robinson (Corona Del Sol) and forward Kenny Martin (Glendale Raymond S. Kellis). According to ESPN, the Sun Devils now have the second (Robinson), third (Martin) and fourth (Jacobsen) highest ranked players in the state.

Robinson (the 18th nationally ranked point guard by ESPN) averaged 18 points, four assists and four steals per game his junior year. He projects to be more of a combo guard than a pure point guard but he offers "a nice frame with broad shoulders and fairly long arms" according to Robinson, a lefty, was also being pursued by BYU, Saint Mary's and others before committing to ASU back in August. The 6'2", 170 pound Chandler-native could possibly contribute early due to his impressive range.

Martin (the 35th nationally ranked power foward by ESPN) averaged 14.7 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5 blocks per game this past season. The word that most comes up in scouting reports when describing the 6'10", 210-pound scrappy  big man is "versatile." He has an excellent 20-footer to go along with a well-rounded frame that allows him to fight for rebounds and put-backs. Long Beach State also offered him a scholarship but schools such as Texas were beginning to show late interest.

This is the first time Arizona State has had an all local recruiting class in over a decade.


ASU Men's Basketball: Hamilton High School's Eric Jacobsen Signs Letter of Intent for ASU

As the Arizona Sun Devils get amped up for the beginning of their season, high school players around the country are figuring out which program they'd like to go to next year, as is the case with Hamilton High School's Eric Jacobsen, who according to the State Press's Master Tesfatsion signed a letter of intent to play for the Sun Devils during his collegiate career. 

The 6'10" 235 pound junior out of Chandler undoubtedly had his pick of the litter as to which school he'd like to attend, but ultimately he chose to stay close to home and go to ASU. Nationally Jacobsen ranks as the 1185th best high school player, though is ranked 13th within the state or Arizona. 

Jacobsen is averaging 12.4 points a game and 10.3 rebounds for the Hamilton Huskies varsity squad, along with an impressive 2.4 blocked shots per game. He'll be someone to keep an eye on over the course of the year to see just what he might bring to the table for ASU. 

For more on the Sun Devils, head over to House of Sparky


ASU Men's Basketball: First Week Of Practice In Regular Season Opens

As football season heats up for a Sun Devils team that appears bowl-bound, basketball fast approaches at ASU.

The Sun Devils men open this Friday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena against Montana State in a Veteran's Day matinee.

But first, the latest news on the saga of ineligible guard Jahii Carson is that there is no news -- Carson, a freshman, remains unable to do anything with the team while the matter remains unresolved. 

Looking back on last weekend's exhibition win over Grand Canyon, coach Herb Sendek said it took the Devils a few minutes after tipoff to settle down and play team basketball. ASU went on to win 89-69.

Point guard Chris Colvin, a sophomore transfer, scored 15 points with seven assists as the Devils did what they like to do, push the ball quickly in transition on offense and establish the tempo.

"Two things he did really effectively for us," Sendek said of Colvin, "he pushed tempo and helped ignite our transition game and secondly, he really got in the paint for us. He breaks defenses down off the dribble and creates shots for himself and others."

Colvin and Keala King on the floor together give the Devils two players who can handle the ball and create scoring opportunities. King played his best in the first half and finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and showed he is an improved outside shooter. 

"When you add Trent Lockett to that mix, it gives us even another guy," Sendek said. "Both Chris and Keala are obviously charged with playing point guard for us but they can also play together. As a coach you love guys who can do different things, who are multifaceted. It allows you to play different combinations and I don't know that you can ever have too many guys that can handle the ball well."


ASU Vs. Grand Canyon 89-69: Devils Too Fast For Lopes In Exhibition

ASU cruised to a 89-69 win over Grand Canyon University in an exhibition game Saturday night.

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