ASU's newcomers learning on the fly

BY foxsports • February 9, 2011

By Jack Magruder

Arizona State has received staccato bursts of strong play from its class of seven newcomers this season, a sign of a brighter horizon.

Kyle Cain followed a game of 17 rebounds with another of 16, two of the top five freshman totals in Sun Devil history.

Jordan Bachynski put on a four-minute clinic at both ends of the floor the last time ASU played Arizona.

Carrick Felix, armed with over-reaching athleticism, shone in Oregon.

Keala King has had his moments, and Brandon Dunson's glass not only is half-full, it is Waterford crystal.

Cory Hawkins swooped in to block a Reeves Nelson shot two weeks ago, and Chanse Creekmur stepped up last week, hitting two 3-pointers and scoring eight points off the bench at Stanford.

At the same time for a seven-man class that appears long on future, there have been as many teachable moments this year, understandable for young players asked to contribute on a team that had only five returnees this season.

Ty Abbott understands

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