That team up north just got a lot better for the 2020-21 season. Maybe good enough to win its first Pac-12 title.
College basketball insider Jon Rothstein reported that ASU guard Remy Martin has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return for his senior season. The Sun Devils’ Twitter account confirmed the news:
Year 4. pic.twitter.com/mKUgWpJ7ry— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) August 2, 2020
Fellow ASU guard Alonzo Verge Jr. made the same decision in mid-July, giving it two of its top players back from last year’s squad.
Martin averaged 19.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season for ASU, which went 20-11 and finished third in the Pac-12, while Verge averaged 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in his first season with the Sun Devils.
That duo was deadly against Arizona, with Martin averaging 22 points in the season split with the Wildcats and Verge scoring the game-winning basket as the UA blew a 22-point lead in Tempe in January.
Martin has been tough on Arizona for his career, averaging 20.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists in six matchups.
ASU also signed the No. 7 recruiting class in the country for 2020, a group highlighted by 5-star guard Josh Christopher and 4-star wing Marcus Bagley, the younger brother of former Duke standout Marvin Bagley III.