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Two Sun Devils drafted for first time since 1983


June 25, 2009

Click here to watch video of James at the NBA Draft

After James Harden was drafted third by Oklahoma City, Jeff Pendergraph was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the first pick of the second round (31st overall) and then dealt to Portland where he will play for a coach who is familiar with him...Nate McMillan, the father of ASU guard Jamelle McMillan.

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Click here to see where past Sun Devils have been drafted

Just click on James Harden or Jeff Pendergraph to get their updated bios complete with clips, links and final ASU statistics.

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN RECAP: Here is a look at last year's draft numbers by conference heading into this year: Pac-10 (12), Big 12 (9), SEC (6), Big East (4), Atlantic Coast (4), Conference USA (4), Big 10 (3).

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic explains why Harden and Pendergraph measured out perfectly at NBA Combine, and it has Coach Sendek's fingerprints all over it

The Oklahoma City Thunder media talks about Harden possibly being a great fit

Do you realize just how decorated and how many awards James Harden received this year? Click here to read about it

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune wrote about Pendergraph's workouts and his preparation for the draft (June 18)

Scott Bordow also touched on what Jeff meant to ASU in this March story

Paola Boivin detailed Pendergraph's appreciation for ASU's success in February

JEFF VS. A TOP 10 PICK: In his final five games against Arizona and Jordan Hill, all ASU wins (ASU had lost 24 of 25 to Arizona prior as Herb Sendek is 5-2 against the Wildcats), Jeff Pendergraph was 28-of-44 (.636) from the floor, 24-of-28 (.857) from the free throw line and averaged 16 points and 10 boards. Hill was 30-of-72 (.417) from the floor, 14-of-21 (.667) from the line and averaged 14.8 points and 10.8 rebounds.

25 WINS: ASU posted 25 wins for the first time since the 1974-75 team led by Lionel Hollins went 25-4. ASU's school record for wins is 26 set in 1962-63 (26-3). ASU also won 24 games in 1980-81 (24-4). That 1980-81 team had three starters become NBA first round draft picks in Fat Lever (21st pick in 1981), Fat Lever (11th pick in 1982) and Byron Scott (fourth pick in 1983).

MOST WINS
1. 26 - 1963
2. 25 - 2009; 1975
4. 24 - 1995; 1981
6. 23 - 1962; 1961
8. 22 - 1980
9. 21 - 2008
10. 20 - 2003; 1991

THE LONE SENIOR: Jeff Pendergraph, who earned his B.S. in Economics in December in just three and a half years, posted a school-record 126 games played and 120 starts (topping current NBA world champion Eddie House's 124 games and 114 starts) and led the nation in field goal percentage at 66.0 percent (also an ASU record)...shot .764 from the free throw line in his career (366-of-479) and 113-of-145 (.779) on the year...finished career with 29 double-doubles (11 in 2008-2009), fourth-most in ASU history...averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 boards in his final 11 games...averaged 16.1 points and nine boards in his final 15 games...while shooting 65.9 percent from the floor (91-of-138) and 77.9 percent (60-of-77) from the free throw line...ended his career as the sixth-leading scorer in ASU history with 1,588 points and the sixth-leading shot blocker with 131...second leading rebounder in ASU history with 942 caroms in his career...a first-team All-Pac-10 pick in 2008-09, a third-team pick in 2007-08 and an All-Freshman selection in 2006-07.

SUN DEVIL CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLES
1. Joe Caldwell, 1962-64, 38
2. Art Becker, 1962-64, 31
3. Ike Diogu, 2002-05, 30
4. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-present, 29
5. Alton Lister, 1978-81, 27
5. Tony Zeno, 1975-79, 27
7. Mario Bennett, 1991-95, 25

SUN DEVIL SEASON FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
1. 66.0 - Jeff Pendergraph, 2009
2. 63.0 - Trent Edwards, 1989
3. 60.9 - Kurt Nimphius, 1980
4. 60.8 - Ike Diogu, 2003
5. 59.3 - Jeff Pendergraph, 2008
5. 59.3 - Mario Bennett, 1994
7. 59.2 - Mario Bennett, 1995
8. 58.3 - Sam Williams, 1980
8. 58.3 - Kurt Nimphius, 1979
10. 57.5 - Ike Diogu, 2005

SUN DEVIL SEASON REBOUNDS
1. 415 - Tony Cerkvenik, 1961
2. 359 - Mark Landsberger, 1977
3. 351 - Paul Stovall, 1972
4. 330 - Joe Caldwell, 1964
5. 325 - Art Becker, 1963
6. 314 - Joe Caldwell, 1963
7. 312 - Ike Diogu, 2005
7. 312 - Tony Cerkvenik, 1962
7. 312 - Jerry Hahn, 1961
10. 296 - Paul Stovall, 1971
11. 295 - Tony Cerkvenik, 1963
12. 292 - Gerhard Schreur, 1970
13. 287 - Jeff Pendergraph, 2009

SUN DEVIL CAREER STARTS
1. 120 - Jeff Pendergraph, '05-09
2. 114 - Eddie House, '96-2000

SUN DEVIL CAREER GAMES PLAYED
1. 126 - Jeff Pendergraph, '05-09
2. 124 - Eddie House, '96-2000

SUN DEVIL CAREER POINTS
1. 2,044 - Eddie House '96-2000
2. 1,984 - Jeremy Veal, '94-98
3. 1,946 - Ike Diogu, '02-05
4. 1,834 - Ron Riley, '92-96
5. 1,673 - Stevin Smith, '90-94
6. 1,588 - Jeff Pendergraph, '05-09
7. 1,572 - Byron Scott, '79-83

SUN DEVIL CAREER BLOCKED SHOTS
1. 191 - Mario Bennett, '91-95
2. 167 - Tommy Smith, '99-03
3. 160 - Rodger Farrington, '95-97
4. 153 - Ike Diogu, '02-05
5. 148 - Alton Lister, '78-82
6. 131 - Jeff Pendergraph, '05-09
7. 93 - Kurt Nimphius, '76-80
8. 83 - Sam Williams, '78-8183 - Mike Batiste, '96-99
10. 78 - Ike Diogu, '02-05

CAREER REBOUND AVERAGE
1. 12.3 - Tony Cerkvenik, '60-63
2. 10.3 - Al Nealey, '57-60
3. 10.2 - Joe Caldwell, '61-64
4. 9.1 - Gerhard Schreur, '67-70
5. 9.0 - Art Becker, '61-64
6. 8.8 - Ike Diogu, '02-05
7. 8.3 - Bobby Lazor '97-99
8. 8.2 - Jeff Pendergraph, '05-09
8.2 - Alton Lister, '78-81
8.2 - Lester Neal, '91-93

SUN DEVIL CAREER REBOUNDS
1. 1,022 - Tony Cerkvenik, '60-63
2. 942 - Jeff Pendergraph, '05-09
3. 929 - Joe Caldwell, '61-64
4. 836 - Tony Zeno, '76-79
5. 802 - Ike Diogu, '02-05
6. 780 - Al Nealey, '57-60
7. 776 - Alton Lister, '78-81
8. 724 - Art Becker, '61-64
9. 700 - Gerhard Schreur, '67-70
10. 675 - Mario Bennett, '91-95

EVERYONE'S ALL-AMERICAN: Pac-10 Player of the Year James Harden, a first-team All-American by Sporting News, CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com, averaged 20.1 points per game, 5.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists...ASU went 27-7 when he scored 20, including 14-4 this year...20.1 points per game led the Pac-10...since stepping onto campus last fall, all James Harden has done for Arizona State basketball is help lead it to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since Jimmy Carter gave up his seat to Ronald Reagan (Reagan took office on Jan. 20, 1981) as ASU was 24-4 in 1980-81 and 22-7 in 1979-80), go 5-0 against Arizona (best effort against the Wildcats since ASU won nine straight from 1979-83), sweep UCLA this year for just the third time in school history, lead ASU to its largest win over a ranked opponent in school history with 22-point win over #17 Xavier on Dec. 17, 2007, lead ASU to its first top-10 road win since 1998 when it won at #9 UCLA this year and lead ASU to four straight Pac-10 road wins for the first time since 1980-81.

SUN DEVIL 40+ POINT GAMES
61-Eddie House at California (2 OT), Jan. 8, 2000
46-Eddie House vs. San Diego State, Dec. 18, 1999
45-Paul Williams at USC, Mar. 10, 1983
42-Eddie House vs. Penn State, Dec. 29, 1999
40-James Harden vs. UTEP, Nov. 30, 2008
40-Eddie House vs. UCLA, Feb. 17, 2000

SUN DEVIL SINGLE-GAME FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
23-Ike Diogu vs. Western Michigan, Dec., 30, 2003
23-Mario Bennett vs. Washington St., Feb. 5, 1995
22-Ike Diogu vs. Oregon State, Jan. 24, 2004
21-James Harden vs. BYU, Dec. 20, 2008
21-Ike Diogu vs. Delaware State, Nov. 23, 2004
21-Dave Graybill vs. San Jose St., Dec. 17, 1955

SUN DEVIL CAREER STEALS
1. 258 - Eddie House, '96-2000
2. 246 - Stevin Smith, '90-94
3. 236 - Lafayette Lever, '78-82
4. 202 - Ron Riley, '92-96
5. 158 - Jeremy Veal, '94-98
6. 153 - Alton Mason, '98-01
7. 150 - Byron Scott, '79-83
8. 141 - Marcell Capers, '92-95
9. 136 - Steve Beck, '83-87
10. 132 - James Harden, '07-09

SUN DEVIL SEASON TOTAL POINTS
1. 736 - Eddie House, 2000
2. 724 - Ike Diogu, 2005
3. 713 - Byron Scott, 1983
4. 704 - James Harden, 2009
5. 666 - Jeremy Veal, 1998

SUN DEVIL SEASON FREE THROWS MADE
1. 248 - Ike Diogu, 2005
2. 243 - Ike Diogu, 2004
3. 204 - James Harden, 2009
4. 180 - Ike Diogu, 2003
5. 173 - Freddie Lewis, 1966
6. 169 - James Harden, 2008

SUN DEVIL SEASON FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
1. 311 - Ike Diogu, 2005
2. 298 - Ike Diogu, 2004
3. 270 - James Harden, 2009
4. 245 - Ike Diogu, 2003
5. 234 - Mario Bennett, 1995
6. 224 - James Harden, 2008