It's been a disappointing season so far for Herb Sendek's ASU basketball team. The Sun Devils are 4-9 on the season and have struggled through many obstacles already. The team opened Pac-12 Conference play with a predictable loss to Arizona and now heads to Los Angeles for a two-game road set against USC and UCLA.
Making matters much worse for the program that already saw star freshman Jahii Carson sidelined with academic issues, is news that three key players not only missed the trip, but are reportedly suspended indefinitely.
The three players, Colvin, Cain and King represent a big portion of the team's talent and according to House of Sparky blog, their loss makes things much harder for the Devils. Talented or not, whatever they did was enough to get them benched according to the Arizona Republic.
ASU's Keala King, Kyle Cain and Chris Colvin are officially out for "unacceptable conduct." Their team status will be revisited next week.— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) January 5, 2012
Keala King has shared time with Chris Colvin at point guard and leads the Sun Devils with 13.7 points per game with an impressive shooting percentage of .517. Cain is a valuable front court player who averages 26 minutes per game and Colvin is an aggressive and dangerous scoring threat off the bench.
If these three players are not on the court, the Sun Devils will be forced to rely heavily on Trent Lockett and Carrick Felix to score and walk-on freshman Max Heller to run point. Expect more minutes for Chanse Creekmur and Jonathan Gilling as well.