And then there were four.
After both Fresno State (89 percent of the votes) and Arizona State (68 percent) won their quarterfinal matchups easily, the two schools now meet in the first semifinal to decide which school has a better current NFL/MLB/NBA trio.
Both the Bulldogs and Sun Devils feature NBA All-Stars at the top of their respective games, while ASU’s baseball player has an MVP under its belt and Fresno State could feature the 2017 AL MVP. The Bulldogs’ quarterback is a rising star in the NFL while Arizona State features a former Defensive Player of the Year.
Read below to see who represents these two schools’ trios, then submit your vote on Twitter with the hashtags #FresnoTrio or #ASUTrio.
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Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders | 2009-13
Carr was a three-year starter and back-to-back Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year under center for the Bulldogs. In his senior season, he became only the fourth FBS quarterback to register 5,000 passing yards and 50 touchdowns in a single season. Carr was drafted with the first pick of the second round in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, with whom he’s developed into one of the league’s premier passers. Carr is a two-time Pro Bowler and currently ranks ninth in the NFL with 11 touchdown passes this year.
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees | 2011-13
Before Judge became the face of baseball’s most historic franchise, the 6-7, 230-pound right fielder was a solid for two Fresno State NCAA tournament teams. Judge finished with a .345 batting average and .988 OPS with 18 home runs in his three years as a Bulldog. His power first blossomed his sophomore year when he won the College Home Run Derby. In his first full season with the Yankees in 2017, the MVP and Rookie of the Year candidate crushed 52 home runs, including one 495-foot moonshot.
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder | 2008-10
George was an electric two-time Second-Team All-WAC selection who soared for dazzling dunks and showed defensive tenacity at Fresno State. The forward averaged more than 15 points, six rebounds and two steals per game over two seasons. In 2010, George was selected 10th overall by the Indiana Pacers, where he became a four-time NBA All Star, 2014 All-Defensive second teamer and a 2016 Team USA Olympic gold medalist. This season marks his first with the Thunder.
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Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens | 2000-02
Despite what he may claim during Sunday Night Football introductions, “Sizzle” first terrorized opposing quarterbacks on the national stage at Arizona State. Suggs closed his Sun Devils career with 163 tackles, 65.5 tackles for loss and 44 sacks while lining up at defensive end. In 2002, Suggs was a unanimous first-team All-American, an All-Pac-12 first-teamer and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner. His 24 sacks that year broke a single-season FBS mark that still stands today — four ahead of the next FBS player. Suggs was taken 10th overall by the Ravens in 2003 and has played all 15 seasons in Baltimore. The outside linebacker has 119 career NFL sacks and has been named to six Pro Bowls. He lifted the Lombardi Trophy in 2003 after the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII.
Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox | 2002-04
Imagine this double play combo in college: Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler. Not bad, right? The Sun Devils had that luxury as Pedroia began his collegiate career at shortstop on a team that featured three future MLB All-Stars in him, Kinsler and Andre Ethier. Pedroia hit .381 and averaged 70 runs scored per season while playing excellent defense over three years in Tempe. Pedroia was named to the Pac-10 first team all three seasons and was named an All-American in 2004. He was also a two-time national defensive player of the year. As a Major Leaguer, Pedroia wasted little time in filling up his trophy case. In 2007, he was named Rookie of the Year and led off for the World Series champion Red Sox. The next season he was named MVP and picked up his first Gold Glove and All-Star nomination. Now in his 12th season, the longest-tenured Red Sox player has four All-Star appearances, four Gold Gloves and two World Series rings.
James Harden, Houston Rockets | 2007-09
Harden averaged just under 20 points per game in two seasons at Arizona State, which included a trip to the NCAA tournament’s second round in 2009. The left-handed shooting guard connected on 37.6 percent of his 3-point attempts and averaged over six rebounds and four assists per game. He was a first-team All-American and the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2008-09, which led to a No. 3 overall selection in that summer’s NBA draft. Harden spent three seasons as a super sub for the Oklahoma City Thunder and averaged 12.4 points per game in the 2012 NBA Finals, which the Thunder lost to the Heat in five games. Harden then joined the Houston Rockets in 2013 and has become one of the league’s elite scorers and playmakers. Harden, also known for his iconic beard, is now a five-time All-Star and finished second in last year’s MVP race.