Tip-off event promotes student participation

11-05-09 Tip-off
Associate head coach Joseph Anders introduces the incoming members of ASU’s women’s basketball team during the basketball tip-off event at Wells Fargo Arena Wednesday night.(Nikolai De Vera | The State Press)
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Thursday, November 5, 2009
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The Inferno Sun Devil Club hosted a basketball tip-off event on Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Arena in order to promote the upcoming ASU men’s and women’s basketball seasons.

The event’s purpose was to create energy and excitement about the upcoming basketball season in the ASU students and to encourage them to come to games. About 50 students attended the event.

Associate head coach of the ASU men’s basketball team Dedrique Taylor spoke about the importance of student attendance at games.

“We all need each other,” Taylor said. “We can’t be here playing our hearts out, doing what we’re trying to do if you guys aren’t here cheering us on. We need you guys more than we think.”

Associate head coach of the ASU women’s basketball team, Joseph Anders, spoke about wanting to win an NCAA Championship, and also expressed how much the teams need student support.

“We need you to come large,” Anders said. “We need you to come strong.
We need you to be loud, and we need you to be a part of the Sun Devil experience that we enjoy so much.”

Senior Gabby Fage, sophomore Alex Earl and junior Becca Tobin from the women’s basketball team attended. Sophomore Taylor Rohde, freshman Ruslan Pateev and freshman Trent Lockett attended from the men’s basketball team.

The athletes had a question-and-answer period with the students.

Students asked questions about the athletes’ daily schedules and majors.

Members of the Inferno discussed the rules for the cheers and chants with the students. They encouraged people to come to cheer for the Sun Devils and to “make as much noise as possible” when the opposing team is shooting a free throw.

The Inferno Sun Devil Club gave away shirts the basketball teams had signed and tickets to the first game to students who entered the drawing.

The 2009-2010 spirit squad’s performance concluded the event.

The ASU women’s basketball team has its first exhibition game Thursday night against Vanguard at 6 p.m.

The ASU men’s basketball team has its first game on Nov. 13 against Western Illinois.

Reach the reporter at nicole.klauss@asu.edu.