Arizona State honored Eddie House’s No. 5 jersey at Saturday’s game against Colorado, placing it in the rafters next to the Big Four of Sun Devil basketball history: Fat Lever, Byron Scott, Joe Caldwell and Lionel Hollins.
To one who follows Arizona basketball, the response might be “Eddie House?”
In his ASU career, House went 0-8 against the Wildcats. He averaged 12.1 points per game and shot .318 afield against Arizona. It’s not a surprise that many UA fans wouldn’t remember the name, even though House was the Pac-10’s 2000 Player of the Year.
In House’s career, he was outscored 53-15 in two games by Gilbert Arenas and 83-36 in four games by Miles Simon. Neither Arenas nor Simon have their jersey numbers hanging in the McKale Center rafters. The UA’s requirements to honor a former player’s jersey go considerably beyond he-was-very-good. If the Wildcats lowered their standards, there might not be enough space on the walls to tack up the jerseys of Simon, Jason Terry, Damon Stoudamire and a few others who seem more than qualified.