Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Preview: Arizona State Sun Devils

The Arizona State Sun Devils did not see much success last season. After their 12 non-conference games to begin the season, the Sun Devils were 4-8 overall. Their record got better after starting Pac-12 play, but not by much. Arizona State finished with an overall record of 10-21 and a conference record of 6-12 after they lost to Stanford in the first round of the Pac-12 conference tournament.

Earlier this week, ASU held their a media day at Wells Fargo Arena for the basketball team. There is a ton of enthusiasm heading into the season. According to Arizona State’s athletics website, head coach Herb Sendek said, “We have really great guys. We have guys that are easy to cheer for and easy to be proud of. I enjoy our time together. Our team has a good personality and a good a good chemistry.”

Jan 7, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils guard Carrick Felix (0) attempts a shot against the UCLA Bruins during the second half at the Honda Center. The UCLA Bruins won 75-58. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

One player that will need to be more than just a “great personality” for the Sun Devils this year is Carrick Felix. Felix is a 6-foot-6 senior guard/forward from Goodyear, Arizona. Last season, he played in 29 games averaging 32.9 minutes per game, 10.5 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, and 1.3 assists per game.

Another ASU player that got attention at the school’s media day was Jahii Carson. Carson is a redshirt freshman guard out of Mesa, Arizona. His last recorded stats are from high school, Carson averaged 23.7 ppg. and 5.6 assists. He also led his team to a 21-6 record and an appearance in the Class 5A semifinals.

According to Arizona State’s athletics website, junior center Jordan Bachynski had this to say about Carson, “He’s dedicated, fast and he’s a great scorer. I think something he doesn’t get a lot of credit for is that he’s an amazing passer. He’s got great court vision and hits the open man when he needs to.”

Arizona State will play twelve non-conference games this season. The notable opponents on their non-conference slate include: Arkansas, DePaul, and Texas Tech. Arizona State will lose against all of those opponents and will most likely finish 4-8 in non-conference play again.

Just like most teams, the conference schedule is a completely different story. Now, the Sun Devils will be a different team than last year, but can they contend in the Pac-12? Most likely not. This season will be better for the Sun Devils, but it will be a work in progress.

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  • I (re)wrote your story

    Look at their non-conference schedule and list the 8 teams that are going to beat them…you can’t because they will be better than 4-8. They play a garbage non-conference schedule and if you knew anything about college basketball or looked up the RPI numbers on their opponents you would know that. I would be shocked if they did not head into conference play with at least a .500 record as almost every single team in a major conference does. Last year was historically bad for them due to injuries, transfers, and academic issues. The team will be better this year. Furthermore, you should have mentioned the fact that they are playing in a tournament in Las Vegas where they will probably face the stiffest competition outside of conference play. Another important thing you left out was that their best player from last year’s squad transferred. That might just have a negative impact on them this year but apparently you didn’t think that was significant enough to warrant a brief mention. You might want to mention the fact that Carson has all-pac12 potential and his addition to the active roster changes the nature of the team dramatically. He alone will help them be better than last year and it will be the development of players like Bachynski that determine just how high the ceiling is for this team. With the conference being stronger as a whole this season their improvement might now show up in their conference record but rest assured better basketball will be played in the desert this winter.

  • I (re)wrote your story

    Stick to playing music because you sure suck at writing about basketball