Newcomers contribute, even stand out in ASU's Maroon-Gold scrimmage

TEMPE -- The season of melding for Arizona State's men's basketball team went public with the Maroon and Gold scrimmage Friday as the Sun Devils prepare for their first year in several without Jahii Carson and Jordan Bachynski. The starting group was the same that coach Herb Sendek identified at Pac-12 media day -- holdovers Bo Barnes, Shaquielle McKissic and Eric Jacobsen, along...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils sporting a new look this year

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State had two certainties heading into the past two seasons: Jahii Carson at point guard and Jordan Bachynski clogging the middle at both ends of the court. With both gone off to play professionally and seven newcomers on the roster, the Sun Devils may have more questions than answers this season. ''The more new players you have, the more transition you...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Getting to the NBA the Hard Way

The 2014 NBA Draft has passed, but the journey is not over for the players not among the 60 selected. Who are the top undrafted free agents from 2014? From Andrew Wiggins to Cory Jefferson, 60 players heard their names called on Thursday night, but every year there are athletes who slip through the cracks. Forced to make a team via impressive showings in the NBA Summer League and...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU's Carson and Bachynski go undrafted

PHOENIX -- Jahii Carson was considered a mid- to late-first round prospect following his redshirt freshman season at Arizona State and decided to return for one more season in Tempe. A year later, Carson went undrafted. Neither Carson nor fellow ASU product Jordan Bachynski were rafted Thursday, meaning both will likely have to earn an NBA opportunity in the Summer League. Carson...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Wizards could go huge with second round pick

Photo: The Wizards have all but wrapped up their pre-draft workouts, with only one remaining before Thursday’s NBA draft. If last Wednesday’s workout is any indication of where the team is leaning, the team’s second round pick could be “huge.” The Wizards brought in Missouri guard Earnest Ross and Oklahoma forward Cameron Clark. At 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-7 respectively...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU's McKissic relieved, thrilled to return for 1 more year

TEMPE, Ariz. -- As Arizona State forward Shaquille McKissic awaited word on whether the NCAA would grant him a sixth season of eligibility, he stressed at times to the point of sickness, not knowing whether he'd play his next season at ASU or out of the country. "I couldn't sleep in the weeks leading up to it," McKissic said Wednesday. "It was really difficult." When word finally...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

O Canada! Canadians, Tyler Ennis & Jordan Bachynski, attend Raptors Pre-Draft Workout

Tyler Ennis speaks to media at his Toronto Raptors Pre-Draft Workout (May 29, 2014) As the Toronto Raptors look ahead to the 2014-15 season, part of that process is more closely evaluating the 2014 NBA Draft class and looking at players they could envision being a part of the team’s future. The Toronto Raptors have the 20th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, and with pending...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadian Shot Blocker Jordan Bachynski Passes The Eye Test

One of the big Canadian names at the Raptors first day of NBA pre-draft workouts in Toronto was the Arizona State 7’2 senior Jordan Bachynski. Bachynski’s size was verified at the NBA Draft Combine where he was the tallest player measured and at 254 lbs with just 7.5 percent body fat, the 24-year-old has grown into a man’s body. By any measure, Bachynski passes the eye test...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Up next for ASU basketball: Major reconstruction

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Although the last few weeks left a sour taste, Arizona State had a remarkable season while making the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years.  Jordan Bachynski set school and Pac-12 records for blocked shots that may not soon be surpassed. Jahii Carson was the only player in the Pac-12 to average 18 points and 4.5 assists per game this season, his second...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU buzzer beaten by Texas

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Cameron Ridley's buzzer-beating layup gave Texas an 87-85 victory over Arizona State in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday night. Jonathan Holmes missed badly on a long 3-pointer for the seventh-seeded Longhorns in the final seconds, but Ridley emerged from the scrum with the ball and banked it in as time expired over the outstretched fingers of...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Canada and the NCAA Tournament: Who you know, and don’t

Perhaps your basketball-pledging allegiance is more professional than collegiate, like myself. But, even the most devout of NBA fanatics can respectfully consent the month of March to the greatest live theatre the country receives, the NCAA Tournament. ‘The country’ part of that last sentence is of course always assuredly correlated to the United States, and rightfully so, as...
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Sendek, Barnes meet again

MILWAUKEE -- When Rick Barnes took over at Providence, he heard the same thing over and over again. It was uniform praise for a young graduate assistant named Herb Sendek, and the hope that he would remain on the basketball staff with the Friars. Barnes quickly saw what everyone was talking about. "He literally was in the office 16, 18 hours a day," Barnes recalled Wednesday. "He...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils headed to the Big Dance

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State fulfilled a season goal by making the NCAA Tournament, an emotional moment for many in the Sun Devils locker room, even as some were able to celebrate a split-second sooner than others on Sunday afternoon. "It was weird, because there was a wall between" two groups of the ASU viewing party, "and one side had a faster (TV) feed than us, so they screamed...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU's Vegas mission: Eliminate any doubts

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State refuses to enter the Pac-12 tournament in "safe" mode as it pertains to the school's impending NCAA tournament appearance, results notwithstanding, and that might be the safest approach. ASU seems to play better when the down-side risk is great, as a double-overtime victory over then-No. 1 Arizona and double-digit victories over Stanford and California...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU's Bachynski, Carson honored by Pac-12

TEMPE, Ariz. -- ASU senior center Jordan Bachynski, who set Pac-12 season and career records for blocked shots this year, was named the conference's defensive player of the year Monday, while sophomore guard Jahii Carson was named to the 10-man All-Pac-12 first team. Bachynski leads Division I with 131 blocked shots this season and has 312 in his career. His broke his own Pac...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pac-12 Men's Basketball Yearly Awards

While the Pac-12 has been dominating the gridiron over the past few years, basketball has been falling by the wayside.  Arizona ran away with the conference title, and no other team in the conference was ranked going into yesterday.  However, several teams showed late season promise and poise.  Oregon toppled Arizona to finish conference play with eight straight wins.  UCLA,...
Via Oregon Sports News
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Resilient Ducks nab 6th straight, reach 21-8 with win over Sun Devils

by DSH contributing writer Eric Sloat 85-78 over Arizona State makes it six straight wins, 21-8 overall, 9-8 in conference play. None of those numbers seemed likely a month ago.  But showing a lot of resilience the Ducks have put the bad times behind them and are hot just when a team wants to be. The Ducks started off on fire; racing out to a 15-0 lead. But the Sun Devils...
Via The Duck Stops Here
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU can't dig out of deep hole at Oregon

Arizona State did nothing to help itself Tuesday, when it gave up the first 15 points and never recovered against Oregon. At the same time,  the 85-78 late night loss in Eugene should do nothing to harm the Sun Devils' NCAA tournament standing, and they still have one more chance to get what they went on the road for, the No. 3 seed in the Pac-12 tournament. ASU (21-9, 10-7) can...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State seeks to regain energy for final push

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State's signature victory over the Arizona was great for its NCAA tournament resume but not so good for its two-game trip to the Pac-12 mountains last week. "We had too much confidence, and when you have too much confidence sometimes that will bite you in the butt," Jahii Carson said. Consider ASU twice-bitten, but not at all shy. The Sun Devils (19-7, 8-6...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

NCAA Hump Day Heroes

Yesterday was the much celebrated “hump day” of the week (unless you work retail). Last week I commemorated NBA players who were stellar on Wednesday, but today I will shift to the college ranks for my 2nd edition of Hump Day Heroes. 1. Kendall Williams-Point Guard-New Mexico Most normal people were probably sleeping by the time New Mexico got done playing last night, but if...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The highs and lows of NCAA bubble teams

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer With college basketball's regular season winding down, the bubble for the NCAA tournament has become (), teams moving in and out almost on a nightly basis. One team that's moved its way out of the bubble's reach, at least for now, is Arizona State. The Sun Devils had made themselves a viable NCAA candidate over the past...
Via AP on Fox
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State Knocks Off No. 2 Arizona with Epic Finish

Anytime you have rivals meet on the court there is a strong chance fans are going to be treated to an epic game. There is just something about beating 'that other team' that tends to get players to lift their game up an extra notch or two--like the Arizona State Sun Devils did against No. 2 Arizona Friday night.Not only did the Sun Devils take it to the Wildcats--they gave fans...
Via FatManWriting
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils earn huge victory over rival Wildcats

Arizona State had bolstered its NCAA tournament resume with string of victories, yet was still looking for a marquee win to punctuate it. Beating No. 2 Arizona in double overtime for what may be the biggest home win in program history might do the trick. Getting big plays from Jermaine Marshall and Jordan Bachynski, the Sun Devils grinded out a 69-66, double-overtime victory over...
Via AP on Fox
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU pulls off 'huge' double-overtime upset of No. 2 Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was the best home victory in Arizona State history in terms of the opponent's ranking, and it was certainly one of the most celebrated. The floor was covered in maroon and gold afterward. And the implications of ASU's 69-66 double-overtime triumph over No. 2 Arizona at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday are even bigger. The victory should be enough to put the Sun Devils...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Wildcats lose 69-66 to Sun Devils in 2OT

Arizona had been able to get way with occasional nights when the 3-pointers and free throws were not falling. Even with the kind defense the Wildcats play, it wasn't enough against their biggest rival. Second-ranked Arizona kept Arizona State close with its defense, but couldn't overcome another poor shooting night in a 69-66 loss to the Sun Devils on Friday. Arizona shot 4 of...
Via AP on Fox
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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