Arizona State Sun Devils Are Smart to Retire Eddie House’s Number

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On Tuesday, the Arizona State Sun Devils announced that they had plans to retire Eddie House‘s No. 5 jersey and it’s about time that they do.

Many basketball fans today, may see House as an undersized sharpshooter who has had a decent NBA career with a number of quality organizations. Well, that would be right, but not many fans remember the time and the unique performances that House put on while a member of the Sun Devils’ program from 1996-2000.

During his career with Arizona State, House became the school’s all-time leading scorer, finishing his illustrious four year career with 2,044 total points. In January of his senior season, House poured in a ridiculous 61 points in a Pac-10 match-up against California. House earned the Pac-10 Player of the Year award during the 1999-00 season and he will become the fifth Sun Devil all-time to have his jersey retired in the rafters at Wells Fargo Arena.

House’s 61-point performance on Jan. 8, 2000 outscored 55 Division I squads on that same night and it marked just the sixth time since 1978 that a player had more than 60 points in a game that involved two Division I squads. It’s quite impressive. House was also the first Pac-10 player to notch four, 40-point games in one season and he posted eight 30-point outings in all.

Ironically enough, House’s honor comes in a new era in which Arizona State is starred and led overall by an undersized guard by the name of Jahii Carson. Although Carson is not the dynamite scorer or shooter, his play making skills may remind some Sun Devils’ fans of House himself.

 

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  • mermansteve

    I remember Eddie House’s 61 point night. He also outscored the combined rest of his teammates and carried the entire team on his back to that OT victory. He has to be one of the top ever most loved players to put on a maroon and gold jersey for ASU hoops ever. Few players had the ability to get a hot scoring in a game as Eddie did. He was a phenomenal joy to watch…. at times you had to pinch yourself to make sure this was really happening. That’s how magical he was.
    Jahii Carson is a special player too. Jahii is a scorer but has yet to show he is the kind of shooter Eddie was at the college level. However, if he stays and plays for 3 more years at ASU, and continues to improve his game – he has a chance of breaking House’s scoring record.