Which Player Will Break Out For the Arizona State Sun Devils In the Upcoming Season?

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Everyone is expecting Jahii Carson to have another big year for the Arizona State Sun Devils since he did average 18.5 points per game as a freshman. However, who will break out for this team in the 2013-14 college basketball season?

Well, the two most likely candidates are likely Jordan Bachynski and Jonathan Gilling. However, I am going with Gilling.

Yes, he already played 34.5 minutes per game and shot the ball 8.2 times per game on average, but he could be the next go-to guy after Carson. He did average 9.7 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game last season, but I think he has more in the tank.

The 6’7” forward was one heck of a three-point shooter last season, making 84 threes and shooting 36.7 percent from behind the arc. With his size and ability to drain the three, Arizona State should let him fire away even more three-pointers in the upcoming season.

Carson is going to put up big numbers once again, but he will need another teammate that can help with the scoring load. That is where Gilling will come in. It helps that two players who averaged more points per game than him will be leaving the team–in Gilling’s case that is.

That opens the door for him to go off and show the college hoops world what he is made of.

He is not the easiest player in the Pac-12 to guard, thanks to his size, and he is also a very good rebounder.

If Gilling can in fact have his breakout season, the Sun Devils could make some noise in the conference, despite the fact that they are not the best team on paper.

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  • mermansteve

    I agree that Gilling will need to play a key part to get ASU into the NCAA tournament from behind the 3-point line, but I don’t see him having or needing to have a breakout season for ASU to get there.
    I actually think that his minutes and ppg average will stay the same or drop off a little as more athletic quicker and taller Richie Edwards, Sai Tummala and Penn transfer Marshall are rotated in to share minutes from the wing and down low. Tummala can also shoot the 3 with accuracy equal to Gilling.