Arizona State Sun Devils: College Basketball 2014 Season Preview, Prediction, Projection
Arizona State Sun Devils
2014 College Basketball Preview
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The Arizona State Sun Devils look to qualify for their second NCAA tournament bid for the first time since the 1979-80 seasons. However, coach Herb Sendek will have his work cut out for him with little to no experience and all of his top players gone. Arizona State was a surprise team last season and would certainly turn heads again with any major success.
Here is your 2014 Arizona State Sun Devils basketball preview.
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No Longer On The Roster: Jahii Carson, Jordan Bachynski, Jermaine Marshall, Egor Koulechov and Brandan Kearney
The New Guys: Willie Atwood, Kodi Justice, Connor MacDougall, Tra Holder, Roosevelt Scott, Savon Goodman and Gerry Blakes
Likely Starting Lineup: Tra Holder, Gerry Blakes, Shaquielle McKissic, Eric Jacobsen and Jonathan Gilling
Projection: It’s going to be tough for the Arizona State Sun Devils this season after losing so much talent and leadership from a year ago. Jahii Carson was the Sun Devils leader and main offensive spark, while Jordan Bachynski was an elite defensive presence and somebody who could clean up the glass. Now, the Sun Devils are turning to a bunch of new guys and college transfers and asking them to become consistent contributors.
As Arizona State witnessed early on last season, it’s going to take time before some of the fresh faces are able to get going. The good news for the Sun Devils is that Shaquielle McKissic received a sixth-year of eligibility, and he provides experience and some playmaking ability to this team that is so raw and inexperienced. In order for this season to be better than expected, Gerry Blakes will have to fill the shoes of Carson. Blakes was a stud for two seasons at San Bernardino College, averaging more than 20 points per game on 52.1 percent shooting from the field. Still, overall, in an improved Pac-12 conference and the amount of other teams with a better combination of talent and experience, the Arizona State Sun Devils are going to have a hard time separating themselves this season. A second straight NCAA tournament bid likely isn’t in the cards for Arizona State.