Ram basketball sets the bar high for seasons to come

ASU’s athletes put many marks in the recordbooks with their stellar seasons

By Henry Mahome
On April 3, 2015

ASU has had the best year in men’s sports in its history.

Football brought home the conference championship this year, and was two games away from nationals.

The Rams basketball team had an outstanding and historic season, with it being the first season where they have been undefeated on their home court with 17 wins.

Also, the men’s track and field teams have earned a national ranking.

This only leaves room for improvement, and it also sets the bar high for the men’s sports teams in 2015- 2016 and the many years to come.

The Rams basketball program finished this season ranked, at one point, No. 19 in the nation. On their two and a half month long win streak they were ranked in the single digits, holding the No. 4 spot for three weeks straight.

“This was an exciting season for me and my team,” Raijon Kelly, a senior basketball player, said. “I am glad to have made a splash this season and have high hopes for my team next season even though I won’t be here.

Senior guard Chris Jones and senior forward and guard, Demario Mayfield were both nominated by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to represent ASU on the All South Central first and second teams, respectively.

They recognized both players’ stellar performances on the court to help push the team to the season that they had this year.

“I know we still will have the talent, coaching, and overall teamwork to get the job done and get over the hill,” Kelly said. “It was an honor to play with all of my teammates, a couple of them even won some pretty cool awards, and Coach Beard won an award too; that just shows how much work we put into this season.”

Coach Beard was recognized by the NABC as the South Central Coach of the Year for obtaining accolades for the school no other coach had previously done, including: recording the most wins in a season (28), reaching a No. 4 national ranking, winning 16 straight games, scoring 2,860 points, owning a 52.8 field-goal percentage, and winning four postseason games.

Another player, Marsell Holden, established a new program record with 105 three-pointers this season, as well as the junior forward Thomas Brandsma, who earned LSC All-Academic Honors for his work on the court and in the classroom as a finance major.

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