December 10, 2004
Following a 34-point effort Monday against Fairleigh Dickinson, Arizona State forward Ike Diogu leads the nation in scoring at 25 points per game. Niagara forward Juan Mendez is second at 24.6.
As is typical with the Sun Devils’ star forward, Diogu was unaware of the fact until it was mentioned at Thursday's practice.
“We always have to tell him," guard Steve Moore said. “He never looks at stuff like that."
Diogu also leads the nation in free throws attempted (84) and made (75). In fact, he has made more than any other player in the nation has attempted.
Diogu's 89.3 percent conversion rate from the line is second in the nation to Marquette's Travis Diener (91.4) among players with at least 30 attempts.
BACK TO BASICS
After playing seven games in 16 days, ASU coach Rob Evans was happy to return to practice this week.
“When you have a ballclub like we have where you're trying to teach a lot of things, a lot of things slip," Evans said. “Defense slips, your execution on the offensive end slips because you haven't had time to practice, so I've been really anxious to try to get through those games so we can get back and shore up some things. I feel like we did a pretty good job of that today."
Evans said he likes this period of time when classes are ending and final exams are wrapping up.
“Once they get through final exams their minds are totally free and you get a lot better then," he said.
The Sun Devils face U.C. Riverside Sunday at 7 p.m.
How much better does forward Serge Angounou look this season than last when he was playing at about 50 percent while recovering from knee surgery?
Angounou already has made as many field goals (24) in seven games this season as he had in 15 last season and he has more rebounds (47) this year than he had all of last season (39).
Former Utah coach Rick Majerus appears to be the leading candidate for the USC head coaching spot after Henry Bibby was fired Monday, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. Majerus, who is working as a college basketball analyst for ESPN, said he would honor his contract with the network and wouldn’t coach this season. He also said the USC job was the only one that would interest him. Majerus left Utah in January after 15 seasons because of health concerns. Former Suns coach Paul Westphal, now at Pepperdine, is also a candidate, along with Manhattan’s Bobby Gonzalez and Pitt’s Jamie Dixon.. . .
Evans shot a commercial Thursday for Coca-Cola.