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By Shawn Siegel

August 25th, 2006


Arizona State Head Coach Herb Sendek


Arizona State got lucky this off-season.  Not too many struggling programs are able to lure a respected head coach that has made the NCAA Tournament the past five years and the postseason in 12 of the last 13 years.  Despite a tumultuous summer that saw leading scorer Kevin Kruger leave for UNLV, history shows that Herb Sendek will have the Sun Devils back on track in no time.




Shawn Siegel (CHN): How will you deal with the loss of last year's leading scorer, Kevin Kruger?


Herb Sendek (HS):  Losing Kevin Kruger, especially in July, is tough. But we’ll regroup and go on.



CHN: What do you expect the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s team to be?

HS: We will really work on moving the ball and making it difficult for teams to defend us. The beginning of the year will bring some challenges as everyone gets used to a new system, but hopefully the abundance of early season games will help the cause.



CHN: What should we expect out of the incoming players. Who will make the biggest impact?

HS:  Jerren Shipp and Derek Glasser come from a great high school programs and George Odufuwa and Christian Polk also are very talented and are from great programs. All of them are going to have a chance to make an immediate impact.



CHN: Talk about which coaches really helped you reach the level of success you’re at today? Do you still keep in touch with them?

HS:  All of the coaches that you read about that I worked with and for (Pitino, Barnes, Tubby Smith, etc.) have been important, but my dad was someone who had a great influence on me because he had the ability to be a great father and coach.


Realistically, what are your goals for the coming season?


HS:  Just to get better every day and try and peak at the end of the year. We did that at NC State in our first year there and it helped set the tone for the summer and next season. We want our kids to have fun and let the seniors know we want to win now.


CHN: Thanks coach.  Good luck.


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