TEMPE, Ariz. The gushable moment of Arizona State's season for coach Herb Sendek came early in the second half of a 10-point victory over Oregon State here two weeks ago. Freshman Jonathan Gilling passed up an open shot from 3-point range to give hot teammate Chanse Creekmur an even better look at an open three, which Creekmur knocked down from the right baseline to increase a two-point lead to five.
"The play of the year," said Sendek, which also tells you what kind of year it has been.
The unselfishness of the play is what excited Sendek.
That Gilling was willing should have come as no surprise.
It is his game.
While Gilling was one of the tallest players on his youth and club teams in Denmark, he also spent a lot of time playing on the perimeter. He is forever grateful, and so are the Sun Devils, whose decision to award him a scholarship sight unseen looks prescient.
Gilling, who has grown to 6-foot-7, still has the ball-handling skills, court awareness and basketball IQ ...