TEMPE, Ariz. - Bobby Hurley is set to enter his second season as Arizona State's basketball coach.
His first year in Tempe got off to a fast start.
The Sun Devils started last season 10-3, with wins over Texas A&M, UNLV, NC State and Creighton.
Arizona State struggled in Pac-12 play though, and finished the season with a 15-17 record.
"I came into the league in arguably its toughest year in a long time, with seven teams going to the tournament," said Hurley on Wednesday. "It was strong top to bottom, great talent, great coaching. It lived up to all my expectations."
And speaking of expectations, there is excitement surrounding this ASU basketball program.
Hurley signed an impressive recruiting class this offseason that includes four-star small forward Sam Cunliffe and four-star center Jethro Tshisumpa.
Two other big recruits, Vitaliy Shibel and Romello White, will miss the upcoming season.
"We're going to keep getting building blocks each year to put together good classes year in and year out," said Hurley.
Hurley is confident in his current group of players.
"I wouldn't trade my perimeter with anybody's in the country. I love the guys we're coaching," Hurley said.
And he's ready to start the season.
"I love the game, I love the behind the scenes stuff. I know that everyone sees results, when the lights are on, but so much work goes on behind the scenes," said Hurley.
The Sun Devils tip off their 2016 season November 11 in Tempe against Portland State.