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Harden first Sun Devil to be named first-team AP All-American

What a way to go out.


As if being named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year wasn’t enough, ASU men’s basketball star James Harden was named an Associated Press All-American on Monday.

Harden, a sophomore, is expected to leave ASU and enter his name into the NBA draft. He has said he will consider staying for another season in Tempe, however.

Despite having a poor showing in the NCAA tournament, Harden is still projected as a top-10 pick in June’s draft.

Harden was joined by unanimous selection Blake Griffin from Oklahoma, and Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina), DeJuan Blair (Pittsburgh) and Stephen Curry (Davidson).

Harden is ASU’s first player to be named an AP first-team All-American. He averaged 20.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game while leading ASU to its first tourney appearance since 2003.

— Alex Espinoza IV

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