After a dominant win over Long Beach State, the Sun Devils improve to 3-0 to start the season. Opening the pre-season with a double OT victory against Cal State Fullerton may have shown some concern, but as time progresses it's safe to say that they are on the right track. The team has a lot of veterans returning to the team that has made a name for themselves in the past season. Remy Martin, Mickey Mitchell, Vitaliy Shibel, and Romello White are among some of the big names coming back for the 2018-19 season along with a wave of new talent to add fire to the Devil's flame.
Lugentz Dort, a 5-star freshman guard from Montreal, Quebec, put up 28 points against Cal State Fullerton, 25 points against McNeese State, and had 12 points with 12 rebounds against Long Beach State. In his first three college basketball games, I'd say that he's on another level altogether. Taeshon Cherry, a 5-star freshman forward from El Cajon, California, makes his way into the scene, showing promising skills and great early chemistry with Dort, White, and De'quon Lake.
Zylan Cheatham, who previously played for San Diego State, showed off his offensive expertise alongside Kimani Lawerence, both showing to be dangerous on the court together and a major thorn in their opponents side when it comes to the paint and the three-point line.
We also got to see some plays from freshmen Elias Valtonen and Kyle Feit as they stepped in for some minutes in the previous games. It's nice to see Coach Hurley rotating his roster to get all his players some playing time and ultimately some experience because you never know when one of your starting eight is injured and you need the next guy up.
Coach Hurley hasn't spoken much to the press about the team's success yet, partially due to how new the season is and the players he's acquired on the team. The bar has been set high for this Sun Devil's team, and the future rests in their hands from this point onward. We will get a better look at what they bring to the table as they get into the winter tournaments.