6) Arizona State Sun Devils
It is hard to predict where Arizona State will finish in the Pac-12 because Bobby Hurley has built a strong program marred by inconsistency. Just last year, Arizona State beat Kansas, Washington and Mississippi State while suffering losses to Princeton, Washington State and Vanderbilt. This inability to maintain a high level of play against seemingly weak opponents limits the Sun Devils more than most teams.
This year, with the Pac-12 looking to return to their spot as a legitimate high-major conference, Arizona State may not have enough to make a push for the conference title. The loss of Zylan Cheatham and Luguentz Dort will be huge for a team that relied on the effort of this duo.
Remy Martin and Rob Edwards will be looked upon to become the leaders of this squad, with the frontcourt trio of Romello White, Taeshon Cherry and Kimani Lawrence attempting to take a big step forward. The incoming recruiting class is solid, but will not scare other teams in the conference, which may mean a shorter rotation in big games.
Bobby Hurley’s job security at Arizona State has come about due to two narrowly earned bids into the NCAA Tournament, but he will be looked upon to take that next step. This season, it appears that Arizona will once again be a bubble team, but that will have to change if Hurley wants to leave a strong legacy behind.