NCAA: Arizona State Basketball Player Jordan Bachynski
When the Arizona State Sun Devil men’s basketball team opens Pac-12 play on Thursday everyone will look to Jahii Carson to provide the leadership and points, but there is one other player that fans and the media need to look at for a successful Pac-12 season and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
That player is Jordan Bachynski. Bachynski has been one of the bigger positives in the Sun Devils’ quick start this season.
His performance during the past three years as the Sun Devils’ big man was considered erratic. He used to get winded during games because of his poor conditioning. He also used to be nervous and that allowed other big men to push him out of the way on offense forcing others to take shots.
Bachynski is one of the most improved players in the Pac-12 and has to be considered one of the most improved in all of college basketball. He has helped the Sun Devils to an 11-2 start, with his new consistent game. He is averaging 29 minutes (the most ever for Bachynski), 12.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per game and is shooting 60.3 percent. His first three seasons at Arizona State he averaged 6.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.03 blocks per game.
So far this season Bachynski has eight double-doubles, which leads the Pac-12 conference. He is first in the nation in blocked shots with 63. He broke the all-time Sun Devils record for career blocked shots and is closing in on the Pac-12 record for blocks (He is 40 away from that mark), At 7’2” his presence in the middle anchors the Sun Devils defense.
Playing with the Canadian National Team this summer really helped Bachynski’s game. He got more game experience and additional coaching from everyone around him. He also improved his strength conditioning in the off-season, and with his new-found self-confidence has been able to take the next step.
Working with Sun Devil Assistant Coach Eric Musselman is another reason why Bachynski’s game has dramatically improved. Musselman, a former NBA coach, has helped change Bachynski’s character and his style of play to reflect what the NBA big men do.
The entire Sun Devil team has more opportunities to thrive because of Bachynski’s improved play. It is finally coming together for him and hopefully leads the Sun Devils to the NCAA Tournament and he finds himself with a career in the NBA.
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