ASU Hoops puts fast paced tempo on display at scrimmage

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Since Herb Sendek first became head coach for ASU basketball, his teams focused on more of a half court scheme offensively. But now with the quick and dynamic Jahii Carson quarterbacking the Sun Devils offense, Sendek is switching to a more up-tempo approach.

“We have been getting up and down the floor, changing the pace a little bit,” said ASU point guard Jahii Carson. “Changing our speed with how fast I go, how fast Carrick (Felix) goes, and how fast other guys want to go. I was just happy to be out here playing with my teammates who I didn’t get to play with last year.”

“It’s going to be an exciting style of play,” said ASU head Coach Herb Sendek. “I think it is going to be a team we can all be proud of and is easy to cheer for.”

With an up-tempo offense, a well conditioned team is imparitive. At the scrimmage Saturday morning which was open for the public. The Sun Devils focused on their conditioning with limited stops in play during the three ten minute periods.

“There is no amount of running sprints or doing the treadmill that’s like playing this sport of basketball,” said Sendek. “So be able to play 30 minutes without timeouts, without very many substitutions, without a halftime, really puts the emphasis on what kind of condition you are to play this style of play.”

“You saw how fast Jahii (Carson) is and Chris (Colvin) and Evan (Gordon),” mentioned ASU forward Jonathan Gilling. “So once we get that established, I think we can run some teams over.”

ASU hoops tip-off for the first time on November 10 against Central Arkansas from Wells Fargo Arena.

A born and bred Arizonan, Jared has had great passion for the hometown teams all his life. He now channel's that passion into covering the pro, college and high school teams around the state as a Multimedia Reporter for Sports360AZ.