After improving to 4-0 behind an amazing 40-point scoring output against the UNLV Running Rebels by the sophomore phenom in Jahii Carson, the Sundevils seem poised to make a statement not only in the Pac-12, but in NCAA college basketball.
The SunDevils have emerged as one of the better 3-point shooting teams in the Pac-12, converting on 40 percent of their shots from behind the arc. Carson is shooting an amazing 57 percent from three, and junior college transfer Jermaine Marshall is shooting 46 percent, making around three made three-pointers a game. ASU has also drastically improved on the defensive end, as they are now anchored by 7'2" Center Jordan Bachynski, who is averaging 4.4 blocks per game. The SunDevils have increased their pace, and are looking to exploit their speed especially in the second unit with back-up point guard Caelen Robinson, whose quickness with the ball is seemingly effective. Chance Murray can stretch the floor with his shooting and certainly helps this roster, but the man that brings the everyone to their feet is 6'5" transfer in Shaquielle Mckissic, who brings the house down with mind-blowing dunks and athletic plays that swing the momentum throughout the course of games.
The Sundevils certainly seem poised to make a splash in the college basketball universe. The talent is there. How will Coach Sendek handle this situation? How can he make ASU basketball relevant again? How can he make Jahii Carson a better NBA prospect? ASU has some huge games coming this season against teams such as: 23rd ranked Creighton and their prized NBA prospect Doug Mcdermott, 25th ranked Marquette, 17th ranked Oregon and superstar point guard Dominic Artis, 22nd ranked UCLA and their young core lead by 6'9" point guard Kyle Anderson, and their cross-town rivals in the 5th ranked University of Arizona Wildcats, who came into this season with a top-5 recruiting class. Can the Sundevils win enough games to make a surprise appearance in the tournament? The task is grand, but behind fearless and confident leader Jahii Carson, they feel that they'll be ready to play come tournament time.