The Arizona State Sun Devils got their 2012-2013 campaign off to a positive start on Saturday with a 79-64 victory over Central Arkansas. There were some surprises and disappointments from ASU's first game of the season, and here are the first player ratings for the season.
The Sun (Player of the Week)
Jordan Bachynski - Bachynski played his best game as a Sun Devil Saturday night, as the big man scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked nine shots. The junior dominated inside and was a force on defense for the Sun Devils.
Bachynski was very effective on the offensive side of the ball. He shot 8-10 from the field in 30 minutes of action. He made more field goals than any other Sun Devil, and shot 80% from the floor.
Best of the Rest
Jahii Carson - The redshirt freshman had a solid debut, scoring 15 points and dishing five assists. Carson looked hesitant in the opening minutes, but found his groove the more he played. Carson shot 2-for-3 from three point territory and 5-for-11 from the field. One aspect Carson must improve on his free throw shooting, as the Mesa High product was just 3-for-6 from the line.
Chris Colvin - The senior scored 11 points in 21 minutes off the bench. Colvin shot 4-for-7 from the field and added five assists. Colvin is the first player off Herb Sendek's bench and is crucial to this team because of the depth he adds in the backcourt.
Ruslan Pateev - Pateev was another solid contributor off the bench for Arizona State against Central Arkansas. Pateev scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in seven minutes of action. He was 2-for-3 from the field and had four offensive rebounds.
The Devil (The Anti-Player of the Week)
Eric Jacobson - The true freshman from Chandler did not score a point in 13 minutes of action. Jacobson was 0-for-2 from the field and has many fouls as rebounds (one). Jacobson is a project who will only get better the action he sees, however he did not have a great debut for the Sun Devils.
Disappointment of the Week
Evan Gordon - The transfer from Liberty did scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds on Saturday. However, Gordon was just 4-for-16 from the field and 1-for-9 from three point territory. Gordon was pegged as a sharp shooter with outstanding range when he came to Tempe, he did not show that in the team's season opener.