The Arizona State basketball team announced today that it will be traveling to Europe this summer for the “Ellie Ziegler Foreign Tour” in late July to early August with stops in Paris, Athens and Mykonos.
Introducing the Ellie Ziegler Foreign Tour 🌍🏀@SunDevilHoops is heading to Europe 😈
🗓️ July 24 – August 2
Paris 🇫🇷 🛫 Athens 🇬🇷 🛫 Mykonos 🇬🇷 pic.twitter.com/ziNtXnmvk0
— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) June 16, 2023
The post highlighted the team’s three returning players: Frankie Collins, Alonzo Gaffney and Jamiya Neal. They will be in Paris from July 24-29, Athens from July 29-31 and Mykonos from July 31 – Aug. 2, according to the graphic.
The trip will be a good bonding experience for a team with a lot of new faces. Below is a roster tracker for all of the moves surrounding the program and how I think the team will shape up to look.
ASU Roster Tracker
Returning players (3): G Frankie Collins (removed name from NBA Draft), G/F Jamiya Neal (removed name from portal), F Alonzo Gaffney
Players lost to the portal (7): F/C Warren Washington (Texas Tech), G Austin Nunez (Ole Miss), F Devan Cambridge (Oregon), F Duke Brennan (GCU), G Malcolm Flaggs (GCU), G DJ Horne (NC State), F/C Enoch Boakye (Fresno State)
JUCO transfer added (1): G Malachi Davis (Tallahassee CC)
Players lost to eligibility (2): G Desmond Cambridge Jr., G Luther Muhammad
Players with names in NBA Draft (1): F Marcus Bagley
Incoming freshmen (2): Four-star G Braelon Green (CA), four-star PF Akil Watson (NJ)
My Predicted Rotation As of Now
1. Collins (6-1) / Long (6-2) / Davis (6-4) / Green (6-3) / Neal (6-6) / Miller (6-3)
2. Miller / Davis / Green / Neal / Long
3. Neal / Lands (6-8) / Watson (6-8)
4. Meeks (6-9) / Selebangue (6-8) / Lands / Watson / Gaffney (6-9)
5. Gaffney / Phillips (7-0) / Selebangue / Meeks
The Sun Devils can mix up these positions, as we saw them do several times last season. They still can look for a starting-caliber center without Washington, as they certainly have length but only one true center in Shawn Phillips. They like to play a lot of three-guard lineups, so there is a role for all of the guards on the team right now, and they appear to be set on guards. However, they could potentially seek out another small forward.
Despite all of the departures, Hurley has done a terrific job of retooling the roster, going out and getting players from the transfer portal that fit ASU perfectly and have either proven themselves with experience or are young but were highly-rated recruits out of high school.
Depth was a huge key for ASU’s success last season, and the Sun Devils will have it once again next season. Having what could be 12 quality players that make up the roster as of right now is a huge achievement that shouldn’t be overlooked, as Hurley said he wanted the roster to be complete by early May. Now, it is about trying to get these new players to gel together, as we saw them do terrifically last season.
With Collins returning, the Sun Devils only have one more roster spot they could choose to fill.