We’re counting down the end of the Pac-12 season with a daily look at each of the postseason awards. Today: Defensive Player of the Year DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Jordan Bachynski, Sr. Arizona State: No single player impacts the game on the defensive end like the 7-2 center who has blocked three shots near the…More
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We’re counting down the end of the Pac-12 season with a daily look at each of the postseason awards. Today: All-Defensive team ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM Jordan Bachynski, Sr. Arizona State: The 7-2 center has turned shot blocking into an art form. He leads the nation with 123 blocks (4.2 pg). In the first three seasons of his…More
For the second straight week, an Arizona State player received the Pac-12 Player of the Week award. Senior guard Jermaine Marshall picked up the honor on Monday after senior center Jordan Bachynski won last week. Marshall matched his career high of 29 points, going 11-of-23 from the field and 4-of-8 from three-point range to lead the…More
Arizona State senior center Jordan Bachynski received the Pac-12 Player of the Week award on Monday. The native of Calgary, Canada averaged 21.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks in two home victories for the Sun Devils, which improved to 18-6 and 7-4 Pac-12. ASU is tied with Colorado for third place in the conference….More
Maybe it was the desert air or being so close to Las Vegas, which has been his home the past four years. Or maybe Nigel Williams-Goss simply relished the chance to compete against Arizona State’s Jahii Carson, who is considered one of the best point guards in the nation.
There were more than a half dozen NBA scouts in Wells Fargo Arena Thursday night likely evaluating Carson, the sophomore, who said this will be his last year at ASU and plans to declare early for the draft.
However, at least one West Coast scout walked away thinking Williams-Goss was the best player on the floor during Washington’s 76-65 Pac-12 opening win.
“You start with his size (6-3) and then you start looking at the intangibles he brings,” the scout said. “This was a good game for him, but then he has a history of playing well in big games. So you knew that. I didn’t know he was as explosive as he was. And you always wonder how good young players are at shooting on the perimeter. But all in all like I said, it was a good game for him.”
Williams-Goss drew postgame praise from scouts, but Washington used a collective effort to corral the speedy Carson and upset the Sun Devils for an 11-point victory that wasn’t as close as the score indicates. The Huskies led by 24 points when coach Lorenzo Romar began emptying the bench and the reserves squandered most of the lead in the final five minutes.
Williams-Goss attacked Carson offensively while Andrew Andrews led the defensive charge that held the ASU star to 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Carson didn’t attempt a three-pointer. He had four turnovers and just one assist.
“We just talked about with Jahii, you can’t, … let’s put our pride aside,” Romar said. “It’s not one on one with him. You’re going to lose that battle. You have to guard him as a team and we just tried to for lack of a beter to put it, zone up after the ball. It was very important that we did that in transition because he’s so good.
“We talked about you have to pick him up early and all eyes have to be on him. It requires a lot of focus to guard those guys because he’s such a good player and they surround him with good shooters.”
They weren’t good tonight.More
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar following Thursday’s 76-65 win at Arizona State.More
Here’s video of Nigel Williams-Goss following Washington’s 76-65 win over Arizona State in the Pac-12 opener.More
Here’s C.J. Wilcox following Washington’s 76-65 win over Arizona State.More
Here’s video of Perris Blackwell following Washington’s 76-65 win at Arizona State.More
Arizona State coach Herb Sendek
(Opening statement) “In the first half I thought our inability to convert some of the good shots we had, coupled with the fact that we had arguably our worst shot selection of the year, really made it difficult for us to score. On the other end, the poor shots resulted in us being on our heels with our transition defense. In other cases, we were just burned in transition. The shot selection and the transition defense, to me, is what stood out in this basketball game. I thought we also had a tough time containing them off the dribble, especially early on.”
(On the team’s shot selection heading into tonight) “It has been arguably our greatest strength and something that we have praised the guys for throughout the early season, but tonight was just terrible. I wish I had an explanation and wish I could tell you why it happened. It seemed like it got contagious, perhaps once we found ourselves down, some guys tried to have 10 point possessions and maybe did some things out of character, but it’s still not a great way to play. When you take bad shots, you don’t get 10 points per possession, you usually miss them and dig the hole deeper. Poor shot selection was a big part of the story here this evening and, quite frankly, we had a difficult time defending Washington. Off the dribble, certainly stands out, transition stands out, and (C.J) Wilcox makes you pay almost every time, and obviously we just didn’t play very well.”More