Devil’s Junkie Podcast
Analyzing the flurry of activity by ASU Basketball

Analyzing the flurry of activity by ASU Basketball

April 25, 2021

Back a person into a corner and more often than not they’ll come out swinging, and show their true measure under adversity. And judging by the various personnel moves that Bobby Hurley has engineered not only with the roster but also with his assistant coaching staff has certainly validated that theory. We take a look at everything that has transpired in Tempe since the season ended, and we invite former ASU basketball player Jamie Andersevich to offer his own perspective on the topic.

Episode rundown (38 minutes)

 

(1:04) Former ASU basketball player and current assistant coach for the G League Santa Cruz Warriors Jamie Andersevich shares his observations on the Sun Devils squad and discusses the evaluation process that professionals in his role have to through scouting players coming out of a very challenging season.

(18:16) Examining the two new assistant coaches in the fold for ASU as well as the handful of new faces from both the transfer portal traditional recruiting ranks that have joined the Sun Devils in recent weeks.

SOTD Podcast interview: reviewing ASU Football’s spring practice, Hoops team additions

SOTD Podcast interview: reviewing ASU Football’s spring practice, Hoops team additions

April 1, 2021

Episode Rundown (34:20 minutes)

 

I was a guest on the latest Speak of the Devils Podcast where I shared my impressions of the Sun Devils' spring performance with Brad Denny and Joe Healey, the recruitment process with four-star QB AJ Duffy, and then shifted gears to ASU basketball which this past weekend has reloaded quickly and in impressive fashion ahead of the 2021-22

My Interview on Fox Sports Radio 910AM discussing ASU’s spring practice, in-state recruiting efforts

My Interview on Fox Sports Radio 910AM discussing ASU’s spring practice, in-state recruiting efforts

March 24, 2021

My appearance on The Roc and Manuch show sharing my observations of the Sun Devils' spring practice, and discussing ASU's in-state recruiting efforts

My Podcast Interview with SiriusXM Pac-12 Radio previewing ASU football’s spring practice, 2021 season expectations

My Podcast Interview with SiriusXM Pac-12 Radio previewing ASU football’s spring practice, 2021 season expectations

February 24, 2021

My appearance on the SiriusXM Pac-12 Radio show with Sean O'Connell and Geoff Schwartz briefly discussing the state of the ASU basketball program and then previewing the Sun Devil football team's spring practice and how high of a bar is being set for the program this upcoming season. 

My Podcast Interview with SiriusXM Pac-12 Radio on ASU Basketball bouncing back from a six-game skid

My Podcast Interview with SiriusXM Pac-12 Radio on ASU Basketball bouncing back from a six-game skid

February 2, 2021

In my interview with Sean O'Connell and Geoff Schwartz, we discuss the Sun Devils' sweep of the Bay Area schools, what contributed to those wins, and can these victories signal a season turnaround for Arizona State?

2020 season in review, my conversation with Jeff van Raaphorst

2020 season in review, my conversation with Jeff van Raaphorst

December 22, 2020

A weird and challenging shorten 2020 campaign has concluded for the Sun Devils, what can we take away from it? I offer my analysis on ASU’s performance and invite Sun Devil Network color analyst Jeff van Raaphorst to share his perspective and observations.

Episode rundown (48 minutes)

(:54) Discussing the trends we saw over the four games Arizona State played and what can make of their 2-2 mark? Later in the segment, I examine the offense and what were the surprises and disappointments exhibited by this group.

(20:40) If only everything in life could be pleasantly predictable as our preseason expectations for the Sun Devil defense. Nonetheless, one position group still managed to remarkably perform at a much higher level than 2019, and yes, the scheme change was significant here.   

(31:06) Sun Devil Network, color analyst Jeff van Raaphorst called the 2020 season “chapter 1 of an unfinished book” and talks about what team aspects showed encouraging signs and why others struggled. Furthermore, what is the one specific team tradition that was understandably missing this year that could be significant for improvement in 2021?

 

(46:29) Closing thoughts and what needs to take place for next season to truly be a special one for ASU.

Uncertainty and optimism surround ASU football and basketball respectively

Uncertainty and optimism surround ASU football and basketball respectively

November 22, 2020

Uncertainty and optimism are two sentiments that obviously are polar opposites from each other but at times can also be mentioned in the same sentence. And those two words each describe the general mood concerning the Arizona State football and basketball squads these days.

 

Episode Rundown (48 minutes) 

 

(1:24) Sun Devil had to cancel two games due to its COVID-19 breakout. Is a third consecutive game also in danger of having a similar fate? We talk about the various aspects that may answer that question and what ramifications recruiting and personnel wise can a shorter than expected 2020 season bring about?

 

(21:14) A top-25 AP preseason ranking is hardly commonplace for ASU hoops, and we discuss why that lofty accolade is certainly warranted. What should be expected from some of its players, and what traits will this team have to exhibit early and often to justify an expectation level we haven't seen in Tempe in quite a while?

Discussing ASU’s 2020 Season Opener at USC on Sirius XM Radio

Discussing ASU’s 2020 Season Opener at USC on Sirius XM Radio

November 4, 2020

Guy Haberman and Evan Moore interview DevilsDigest.com Publisher Hod Rabino, to get his thoughts on the Saturday contest in L.A. and what we can expect from the Sun Devils this season.

Pac-12 Network Analyst Yogi Roth discusses conference football schedule, ASU’s 2020 prospects

Pac-12 Network Analyst Yogi Roth discusses conference football schedule, ASU’s 2020 prospects

October 5, 2020

It's been a long off-season for ASU football fans to say the least but every day we're getting closer and closer to the season’s kickoff and the juices really start flowing with announcements just like the one we had last Saturday October 3rd where the Pac-12 football schedule has been released.

 

In this episode of the Devil’s Junkie Podcast I will give you my thoughts and analysis on the Sun Devil football schedule, what are some of the pros and cons for this seven-game slate, and later on I will be joined by Pac-12 Network Analyst Yogi Roth who will give his perspective not only on the ASU schedule but also the rest of the Pac-12, how does he see the different division races and who may be the surprise teams in the conference. 

Episode Rundown (36 minutes) 

(1:00) We begin the show analyzing ASU’s 2020 schedule and the two challenging games that await them right out of the gates. How much can its level of preseason preparedness aid the Sun Devils as they face the Trojans and Golden Bears? Does this year’s slate, seven games and all offer ASU any advantages? 

(17:20) We invite Pac-12 Network Analyst, Yogi Roth, to offer his perspective on ASU’s prospects this year, who does he see as the favorites in each Pac-12 division, and what team could surprise us in 2020? 

(34:57) My closing thoughts regarding ASU’s schedule and detailing our coverage for the upcoming season.

The Pac is Back - conference resumes Fall football, hoops season to begin in November

The Pac is Back - conference resumes Fall football, hoops season to begin in November

September 25, 2020

The long-awaited Pac-12 decision has finally arrived, as the conference announced it would have a seven-game season with kickoff taking place the weekend of Nov. 6th. In this podcast episode, we analyze that decision and how ASU can benefit from such a season.

Episode Rundown (42 minutes)

(1:53) We begin the show diving into the particulars of the Pac-12’s statement, projecting what ASU’s full schedule could look like and why the date of the seventh and last game cam be challenging for the entire league.

 

(11:18) We invite Speak of the Devils Podcast co-host Brad Denny, to offer his perspective on the Pac-12’s decision talking about whether the league waited too long or were there significant hurdles to clear first before it could resume play. What are the implications of the kickoff date and schedule structure on the Sun Devils, and what are some of the Fall camp storylines we should look forward to with this team?

(34:39) I offer my final thoughts of the abbreviated football season, how a unified kickoff date may be less significant since the level of preparedness around the conference isn’t and won’t be on the same level, and how much does the proverbial season with an asterisk mean in case ASU is successful. 

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