Bobby Hurley and Gerry Blakes are in San Francisco Thursday for the annual Pac-12 Basketball Media Day, the kickoff to the college basketball season. Hurley and Blakes - along with the other 11 Pac-12 programs - will preview the upcoming season as preseason practices continue.
Below are some notes, polls as well as the Pac-12 Basketball Media Day Live stream.
Part of the media day festivities are photo shoots with athletes and coaches. The ASU basketball team used this spotlight to unveil an alternate basketball jersey.
Maroon and GOLD!!!! pic.twitter.com/UmRHn5DSK3— The Blessed One (@GeBlakes) October 15, 2015
This marks the return of a gold jersey for the men's basketball team. The women's team has worn a gold jersey the past few years, however the men's squad has stayed mainly with maroon, white and black. It is unclear whether when and how often ASU will wear the new (and spiffy if I may add) jersey.
The Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll was released early Thursday morning. The Pac-12 media picked the Sun Devils eighth, coming in front of Stanford (9), USC (10), Washington (11) and Washington State (12). Arizona, Cal, Utah and Oregon were picked as the elite of the conference.
Pac-12 preseason basketball media poll: pic.twitter.com/uLQSm9ddFK— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) October 15, 2015
The first USA Today Coaches Poll was also released Thursday. To nobody's surprise, the Sun Devils did not receive any votes in their preseason top-25.
You can see the whole poll below.
USA Today Coaches Poll
|1||North Carolina Tar Heels||26-12||749||12||NR||0||-|
|4||Duke Blue Devils||35-4||686||3||NR||0||-|
|7||Iowa State Cyclones||25-9||541||0||NR||0||-|
|12||Wichita State Shockers||30-5||461||0||NR||0||-|
|13||Michigan State Spartans||27-12||386||0||NR||0||-|
|14||California Golden Bears||18-15||350||0||NR||0||-|
|18||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||32-6||172||0||NR||0||-|
|23||West Virginia Mountaineers||25-10||125||0||NR||0||-|
Pac-12 Media Day Live Stream
Coaches and select players from each Pac-12 institution are meeting with the media all day Thursday to discuss the upcoming season. If you would like to watch the festivities, the live stream is embedded below.