However, the 7-foot-2 Canadian Jordan Bachynski is the x-factor of a Sun Devil team that needs its center to run the floor and affect shots in the lane.
Bachysnki does a lot of both, and his constant motor gives the Sun Devils an advantage on the glass and in transition. His game reminds scouts of a Tyson Chandler with touch around the rim;giving him the title of x-factor.
The reasoning behind his title of x-factor is because he is not the best player; he is the defensive anchor, hustle rebounder and scorer.
Sun Devil fans might be shaking their heads when talking about Bachysnki’s game against Creighton, but do not worry. He was in foul trouble early on some ticky-tack calls. Simply put, he did not deserve the fouls he received. He finished with eight points, six rebounds and five blocks.
Bachynski is a long defender that is athletic enough to compete against any big in the PAC-12 Conference. And in this game he had to go against one of the best scorers in the country, Doug McDermott of the Creighton Blue Jays.
Foul trouble might be the Achilles’ heel for Bachynski, but every center and forward that is known for their shot blocking and defense will always worry about foul trouble. The game against Creighton is an anomaly as they were blown out early and often thanks in large part to the stopping of Carson’s dribbles into the lanes.
ASU’s x-factor is one of the best teammates in the country because he does the dirty work that nobody likes to do. But Bachynski takes that with a grain of salt and competes every night with an edge and tenacity.
John Lloyd is a PAC-12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII