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ASU center Jordan Bachynski has eyes set on conference record

Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski (13) blocks the shot of his brother Utah's Dallin Bachynski during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Jordan Bachynski has failed to register at least one blocked shot just three times in his last 54 games.

In the 51 other contests, the 7-foot-2 center tallied 205 blocks, adding to his career total that is now at 266.

He's 12 short of former Arizona Wildcat Anthony Cook, who holds the conference's all-time record for blocked shots.

And it would mean a lot to claim that spot for himself.

"That's huge for me," he told the Burns and Gambo Show Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "That's one thing that I feel sets me apart. Just the timing -- not to pat my own back -- but the timing and skill it takes to be a great shot blocker, an elite shot blocker, is something you can't teach."

It is a skill the 23-year-old senior said he worked on out of necessity, as growing up he was tall but skinny and easily pushed around in the post. So, he had to find a new way to be an effective defender.

"I needed to learn a new way to still be a factor on defense and I think that's where it came from, just out of necessity," he said.

Bachynski also noted that he was "blessed with great genes," and his size certainly helps.

"It works," he said.

Indeed.

This season, Bachynski has had nine games with five or more blocked shots, including totals of seven and eight. He also has a team-leading 10 double-doubles, showing he's more than just a shot blocker.

On the season, the Calgary, AB native is averaging 12.1 points and a team-best 9.3 rebounds to go along with his 4.5 blocks per game.

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School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.

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