Arizona State kicks leading scorer off team

By on Jan 10, 2012

Category: NCAA Basketball

It already has been a rough season for Arizona State’s basketball team at 5-10, and now the Sun Devils will have to go forward without arguably their best player.

ASU, which has lost five of six, announced earlier this week that leading scorer Keala King is no longer with the team. King, the team’s starting point guard, was suspended last week for “unacceptable conduct” and didn’t make the trip to Los Angeles for ASU’s games against USC and UCLA. Sophomore forward Kyle Cain and junior guard Chris Colvin also were suspended. As of now, they remain with the team, giving the Sun Devils just eight eligible scholarship players.

“We have decided that Keala will no longer be with the team,” Coach Sendek said in a statement. “We wish him nothing but the best in his future.”

King had shown great improvement in some areas since his freshman season. In 13 starts, he averaged 13.7 points, which tied for the team high with teammate Trent Lockett. He also averaged 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists, shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 38.7 from 3-point range. He is now free to go to any school of his choice. Highly recruited coming out of Mater Dei High School in California, he will garner plenty of interest from schools across the country. Arizona, Cal, Kentucky, Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford all had offers out for King back in the recruiting process.

In the absence of King and Colvin, Jonathan Gilling has emerged as a bright spot. The 6-foot-7 frosh has scored in double-digits against UCLA and USC (29 points in both games combined) and was efficient in the first half versus the Bruins (4 for 4 from the field).

ASU is next in action Thursday, hosting Oregon in Pac-12 play. Place your college basketball bets at our online sportsbook!

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