The Arizona State basketball program is getting ready to start their 2018-19 campaign.
After a red-hot start to last season, one that included 12 wins in a row to start the year and a No. 3 national ranking, the Arizona State basketball program fell apart during conference play. Although they did make the NCAA Tournament, they barely made it and were disposed of quickly by Jim Boeheim‘s Zone defense.
This season, the bulk of their scoring from a year ago is gone as Tra Holder, Shannon Evans, and Kodi Justice have all moved on from Tempe. Luckily, they have two transfers ready to play who sat and watched last season from the sideline — Rob Edwards and Zylan Cheatham.
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Edwards, a transfer from Cleveland State, is likely going to be a guy you’ll want to get familiar with because he can flat-out score. During his time in the Horizon League, he started 59 of 63 games while averaging over 14 points per game. Though the Vikings weren’t a winning program with Edwards around, he was their best player and a guy they could rely on to score efficiently. At Arizona State, I expect him to get double-digits on a nightly basis; he can shoot the ball very well and is used to having the ball in his hands.
Cheatham is not a guard but a freak athletically at forward. He comes over to Arizona State after two seasons at San Diego State and a high school career in the Phoenix area. As a member of the Aztecs, he led the team in rebounding (6.3 RPG) during his sophomore season while also chipping in over nine points per game. Standing at a lean 6-foot-7, he also averaged 1.1 steals during his sophomore season at SDSU with a 52.4 career field goal percentage.
Like Edwards, I’d expect Cheatham to be in the starting unit right off the bat.
Bobby Hurley and the ASU hoops team will open up their season with an exhibition game on October 30th before kicking off their official season on November 6th against Cal State Fullerton.