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ASU Basketball: Tra Holder named to All-Pac-12 first-team, Shannon Evans nabs honorable mention

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Racking up the hardware

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For the first time in four years, an Arizona State Sun Devil has cracked the All-Pac-12 first team roster. ASU guard Jahii Carson did so in 2013-2014 and senior Tra Holder picks up the honor this season.

Holder started gaining national notoriety after the Devils went 12-0 in the non-conference and skyrocketed to No. 3 in the AP Poll, getting named to numerous midseason award watch lists, including the Wooden Award midseason Top 25.

The Los Angeles native is in the midst of recording career-highs in PPG (21.5), 3-point percentage (37.8) and free throws (159) while climbing to No. 5 on the all-time ASU career points list.

Holder was the only Sun Devil on any of the all-conference teams, but fellow senior guard Shannon Evans II did get a honorable mention nod, which is given to players who garner at least three points.

Evans, who followed head coach Bobby Hurley from Buffalo after his senior season, has largely based his game from beyond the arc, taking 48 more 3s than any other Sun Devil this season (235) and has made 17 more (87) in the process.

And possibly the biggest snub of the awards is freshman Remy Martin’s absence from both the all-freshman team and all-defensive team. The 6-foot guard averages just under 10 points a game and seems to bring an intensity on defense that has swung games and changed momentum in an instant.