Arizona State’s “Global” Initiative: Arizona State’s trip to China as part of the Pac-12 Globalization Initiative ended with the Sun Devils posting a 3-0 record. Herb Sendek’s team played games in Beijing (Aug. 12, 104-70 ASU win over Tsinghua), Zhaoqing (Aug. 16, 94-69 win over Fujian SBS) and Nanning (Aug. 18, 99-77 win over Fujian SBS), and the coach took plenty away from the trip. “This trip was really good for us as we were able to see what the newcomers can do,” noted Sendek, whose team is among the eight schools participating in the Wooden Legacy (Nov. 28-Dec. 1). “Spider [Sendek’s nickname for Calaen Robinson] and Drago [Sendek’s nickname for Egor Koulechov] really impressed. We wondered who our backup point guard would be this year, and it is safe to say that both Calaen and Chance [Murray] impressed.”
Carson Puts on a Show: Arizona State basketball standout Jahii Carson wowed those in attendance at the Adidas Nations basketball showcase earlier this month. Here’s proof.
Cal State Fullerton’s Growing Roster: Cal State Fullerton, another of the schools participating in the Wooden Legacy, added six more to its 2013-’14 roster, including freshmen Floris Versteeg and Hidde Vos of the Netherlands, walk-on Ian Spruce, and transfers Josh Gentry, Moses Morgan and Corey Walker. “We are excited to have these guys join ranks with us, as we expect them to all to contribute to building ‘Titan City,’” first-year head coach Dedrique Taylor said. While Versteeg, Vos and Spruce are true freshmen, Morgan and Walker must sit out the 2013-’14 season to serve a year in residence and will have one year of eligibility remaining with the Titans in 2014-’15.
Titan(ic) Challenge! Cal State Fullerton announced its 2013-’14 schedule last week. Titan coach Taylor will face “a challenging slate of 31 games for his debut season at Cal State Fullerton, including a possible nine contests against schools that saw some sort of postseason action a year ago.”
Welcome to Jamaica, Akpejiori! Miami Hurricanes senior forward Raphael Akpejiori (pronounced AHK-peh-jour-ee) competed for the Athletes In Action on the team’s recently completed Jamaican tour. According to a Miami website article, after the AIA’s first three games, “Akpejiori flooded the stat sheet with contributions in a multitude of areas.” Aside from his nine points and five rebounds, Akpejiori also added three assists and two steals while shooting 50 percent from the field. AIA concluded the trip with two games against the Jamaican Senior National Team in Montego Bay, where the team dropped both games. In a 77-74 setback to the Jamaicans Friday, Akpejiori scored 10 points and had three rebounds and two steals. In a 90-82 loss Saturday, Akpejiori scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and was credited with two assists. He finished the five games with 29 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and four steals.