12/31:Arizona 68, Arizona State 51
1. Solomon Hill:
Previous rank: 1
Arizona State: 31 minutes, 11 points, 4-9 shooting, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3-6 FT
Despite giving way to Nick Johnson and Jesse Perry in scoring, Hill led the team in rebounds and looked to distribute the ball to open teammates when he had a chance. He finished below his season average with just 11 points, but continues to lead the team in scoring, rebounding, and assists and posted yet another double-double.
He continues to do everything for the Wildcats, and as long as he continues to progress and develop, UA may continue to be able to get away with not having a true big man in Pac-12 play.
2. Jesse Perry
Previous rank: 2
Arizona State: 29 minutes, 16 points, 4-6 shooting, 1-2 3pt, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 7-7 FT
Perry continues to be a problem for big men who aren't able to match his athleticism. His ability to create open looks off the dribble to get open shots near the rim and get to the foul line continue to be his strengths and he uses his quickness and toughness to make his contributions.
Perry abused Arizona State for not having a player that could match his strengths, and he should continue to have success throughout the Pac-12 season due to the fact that few teams have the personnel to match his skill set.
3. Nick Johnson
Previous rank: 4
Arizona State: 31 minutes, 14 points, 5-8 shooting, 3-5 3pt, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Johnson made it clear on his Twitter account that having the opportunity to play against Arizona State was one he had been looking forward to, and he turned that excitement into production against the Sun Devils on Saturday.
With a few dunks to add to his highlight reel and a solid shooting performance, Johnson put a lackluster three-game stretch behind him and really played well against ASU. The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award appears to be a race primarily between Johnson and Tony Wroten of Washington, and the UA freshman got off to a good start in his first Pac-12 game.
4. Kyle Fogg
Previous rank: 3
Arizona State: 28 minutes, 6 points, 2-6 shooting, 2-4 3pt, 2 rebounds, 4 assists
Even though he usually scores in double figures against Arizona State, it simply wasn't necessary for Fogg to do so against the Sun Devils this time around. He found other ways to stay involved in the game and led the team in assists.
Against most teams, Arizona won't be able to win by such a large margin without better scoring production from Fogg. Expect him to rise to the occasion when he's called upon as Pac-12 play continues. He'll have a chance to improve his rank against UCLA, a team he's scored an average of 13.4 points against in his career.
Previous rank: 5
Arizona State: 21 minutes, 6 points, 1-2 shooting, 5 steals, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 4-5 FT
Although he wasn't able to dish out more assists than turnovers against ASU, Turner was able to create five turnovers of his own. His ability to connect with Johnson in transition and in the half court for exciting alley-oop dunks has an energizing effect on the crowd and his teammates and, while he isn't scoring too much, he's steadily improving every time out and as a result is seeing his minutes increase.
This is starting to be the Josiah Turner that had Arizona fans overjoyed for his arrival, and if he can continue to improve, it will give Sean Miller's team a dangerous dimension it is still developing.
6. Kevin Parrom
Previous rank: 7
Arizona State: 16 minutes, 7 points, 3-7 shooting, 3 rebounds, 1-1 FT
Sean Miller said Parrom may not get to the point that he hoped he would be at for this season, but that isn't going to stop the junior from trying his best to get there anyways. Parrom played a very effective 16 minutes, showed some aggressiveness offensively, and while he remains a work in progress, there are visible signs that he's coming back. Slowly, but surely.
7. Jordin Mayes
Previous rank: 8
Arizona State: 22 minutes, 8 points, 2-6 shooting, 2-4 3pt, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 steals
Mayes was able to produce one more assist than turnover, but he continues to lose playing time as Turner continues to improve. If Turner remains on his current trajectory, he may be the point guard in crunch time, further reducing Mayes' playing time.
The fact that his playing time may continue to decrease is not a knock on Mayes necessarily and is more of a product of Miller's desire for a ‘pure' point guard to run his system. All he can do at this time is take care of the basketball, improve his handle and take care of the basketball, as well as hit open shots when given the chance.
8. Brendon Lavender
Previous rank: 6
Arizona State: 9 minutes, 0 points, 0-1 3pt
After the best game of his career, Lavender was pretty much a non-factor against Arizona State. I speculated last week he might be able to carve out a larger role moving forward, but that just does not appear to be the case at this point in time.
9. Angelo Chol
Previous rank: 9
Arizona State: 7 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound
With Perry, Parrom and Hill playing so well in the front court, there really wasn't any need for Chol to play too much against Arizona State. That will change this weekend against UCLA, which features three players who stand at 6-foot-10 and are primarily back to the basket players.
10. Kyryl Natyazhko
Previous rank: 10
Arizona State: 5 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound
Despite the fact that ASU's 7-foot-2 center Ruslan Pateev was the team's leading scorer, Miller saw no need for Natyazhko to play much of a factor in the game. He may not have a choice against Josh Smith and the Wear twins for UCLA, who will really give Arizona all it can handle on the interior.