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Late bloomer Harden blossoms in Arizona sun

Originally Published: November 26, 2008
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The least-talked-about All-American in college basketball couldn't dunk as a high school freshman.

In fact, Arizona State's James Harden couldn't do much of anything on the court, as he was plagued by a boyhood battle with asthma and an extra layer of baby fat.

"He was spot shooter who stood in the corner," joked Sun Devils point guard Derek Glasser, who was Harden's teammate at Artesia High School in Los Angeles.

But Arizona State assistant ...

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