In his third season at Arizona State, the 46-year-old coach has guided the No. 3-ranked Sun Devils to a 12-0 record — their best start in school history — and to the top of the Pac-12 before conference play opens.
Bobby Hurley is having a moment.
It took a little longer than he would have liked, but the former Duke point guard who helped the Blue Devils to back-to-back national championships in 1991 and ’92 is once again at the epicenter of college basketball.
OK, maybe that’s an overstatement.
But in his third season at Arizona State, the 46-year-old, silver-haired coach has guided the No. 3-ranked Sun Devils to a 12-0 record — their best start in school history — and to the top of the Pac-12 before conference play, which begins Friday.
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“Everything has happened really fast,” said Hurley, who led ASU to a pair of 15-victory seasons during his first two years. “It feels like time has just flown by and the season’s flying by. Just a lot is happening. I kind of talked about us going from zero to 100. We weren’t a program that many people were talking about.”
That’s an understatement.
Despite being the only Pac-12 team returning two of its top five scorers, Arizona State was picked sixth in the league’s preseason media poll and the Sun Devils didn’t garner a single vote in the The Associated Press preseason poll.
“I’m pleased with the development and where guys like Tra Holder and Shannon Evans and Kodi Justice have come from,” Hurley said. “What they’ve been through the past two years, to struggle and fight through that and the determination that those guys have to be winners and to turn our program around has been the most impressive thing to me. They’ve had great individual seasons all three of them statistically, but they are valuing winning as the top priority.”
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