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Sun Devils basketball coach Bobby Hurley 'would love to stay' at ASU long-term

Posted at 5:16 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 19:16:21-05

The Arizona State Sun Devils men's basketball team is the talk of the college basketball world, and for good reason.

Under the guidance of third-year head coach Bobby Hurley, the Devils are a perfect 9-0 -- their best start in over 40 years -- and they're the No. 5 ranked team in the country, their best mark since 1981. In fact, ESPN believes ASU is the nation's No. 1 team.

Naturally, this success has already led some fans to wonder: Will Hurley remain at ASU for the long haul, or could he soon be tempted to leave for a higher-profile basketball program?

On Wednesday, Hurley said he loves the city and state he coaches in, and he made it clear that he plans to remain a Sun Devil long-term.

"I love the people I work with and the players I have here, and the support I get from my administration. I'm sure that we're gonna get this thing figured out and I'm gonna be here a long time," he said.

"I love Arizona... I love it in Tempe and would love to stay here."

Hurley said he's excited about the future of the program with the emergence of freshmen such as guard Remy Martin, along with the recruits who have committed to play at ASU beginning next season.

But he's also excited about what the Sun Devils have already done this year, along with the fast-paced brand of basketball he preaches. ASU is averaging 91.8 points per game this season, the best mark in the Pac-12 and the fourth-best in all of Division I college basketball.

"This is gonna be opening up doors for us that weren't open before," he said. "People might be more willing to pick up our phone call now after they see how we play, the scoring and the exciting brand of basketball that we are, and hopefully that continues."

Hurley and the Sun Devils will look to improve to 10-0 on the season when they host Vanderbilt on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased here.