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ASU hoops picked to finish 11th in Pac-12

The Pac-12 preseason media poll was released Thursday morning and Herb Sendek’s Arizona State Sun Devils were picked to finish 11th in the conference.

The Sun Devils return six players from last year’s team that went just 10-21. However, their leading scorer from a season ago, Trent Lockett, decided to transfer to Marquette to finish his career closer to his mother, who was diagnosed with cancer last year.

ASU will have the services of highly-touted guard Jahii Carson of Mesa High School this season. Carson sat out last season after being ruled academically ineligible.

Arizona was picked by the media to win the conference, as Sean Miller’s team received 15 of 36 first place votes. UCLA received more first place votes (16), but is picked to finish second, just one point behind Arizona. California, Stanford and Washington round out the top five.

The Sun Devils open their season November 10 against Central Arkansas in Tempe.

Pac-12 Media Preseason Poll

1. Arizona (15) 403

2. UCLA (14) 402

3. California (3) 325

4. Stanford 296

5. Washington (2) 278

6. Colorado 262

7. Oregon 217

8. Oregon State 166

9. USC 163

10. Washington State 111

11. Arizona State 107

12. Utah 78