It was quite a week in Sun Devils country as the university donned a new face on Wednesday with unveiling of the new Sparky. Even though the old Sparky is near and dear to my heart, this new Sparky is beginning to grow on me.
While Sparky took most of the spotlight, there was other news worthy of headlines. The Sun Devils lost a valuable member of their backcourt and gained a high profile recruit for the class of 2014.
Six Stories to read from last week
Arizona State Unveils New Sparky: After weeks of deliberating and fan voting, ASU finally announced the new Sparky on Wednesday. The fan reception was mostly positive (we will get to that below), and lets just say this "new" new Sparky is easier on the eyes than the original "new" Sparky.
Fans React to the New Sparky: We set out a call to you fans on social media and you answered with your thoughts about the new Sparky. Overall the responses were positive from the fans as it seems like the ASU community approved of the changes to Sparky.
Evan Gordon Transferring: The Sun Devil shooting guard has decided to transfer back to Indiana to be closer to home. As a junior, Gordon averaged 10.1 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game. His departure leaves a hole in the starting lineup next to Jahii Carson.
Sun Devils Snag 2014 Point Guard Recruit: California point guard Tra Holder gave Herb Sendek a verbal commitment on Friday. Holder averaged 22.9 PPG as a junior and is rated as the 137th best player in the nation for the class of 2014 by Rivals.com
ASU Hockey Gets a Big Time Recruit: The Arizona State hockey team got an official commitment from forward Eric Rivard from Michigan. Rivard played last season in the North American Hockey League, scoring 24 goals for the Soo Eagles.
ASU Football Spring Surprises: Kerry Crowley gives his spring football surprises. Find out which players are primed for a breakout 2013.
News and Notes
- The ASU softball team took two of three games from the Oregon Ducks last weekend. The Sun Devils finished the regular season at 45-10 and 16-8 in conference. ASU finished second in the Pac-12 and will host a regional this weekend at Farrington Stadium.
- A big congratulations to ASU Track and Field athlete Nick Happe for being named the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year. Happe finished the year with a 4.08 GPA.
- Death. Taxes. The ASU Women's Golf Team. The Lady Sun Devils advanced to their 22nd consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships which take place May 21-24 in Athens, Georgia.
Tweets of the Week
The Tough Choices in life
Ricotta Pancakes or Breakfast Burrito?— Peggy4ASU (@Peggy4ASU) May 10, 2013
It is actually really addicting
Im hooked on family feud on the ipad lol— Outland Douglas (@Jamil_Lamarr) May 9, 2013
Todd Graham Tweet of the Week
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential - these are the keys that will unlock the door to excellence.— Todd Graham(@CoachGrahamASU) May 9, 2013
Happens every time
You can be hard as you want but as soon as that R. Kelly come on in the club you gunna be singing like tweety bird lol— Keelan Johnson (@K_Johnson10) May 11, 2013
Hopefully you can show them a College World Series ring too
I can't wait to show my kids my Vine videos— Trevor Williams (@T_WilliamsASU43) May 9, 2013
Best of luck to Evan Gordon
Coach mentioned on fan forum tonight Evan Gordon wants to play closer to home in senior season and we wish him well.— ASU Men's Basketball (@SunDevilHoops) May 9, 2013
Sounds about right
They just gon give everybody techs huh? #bulls— Kyle Williams (@KyleWilliams_10) May 8, 2013
We hope all the Sun Devil mothers had a great Mother's Day
Through all the pain & the drama I could always depend on ma mama..— Rashad Wadood (@Wadu4Thorpe) May 12, 2013
Videos of the Week
Tra Holder Highlights
For those of you that miss football season (A.K.A. all of us)
Some Will Sutton highlights for everyone