Alonzo Verge, the unsung hero of Arizona State is back for his senior season
As expected, Alonzo Verge Jr, announced that he would return to Arizona State for his senior season. Verge averaged 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game a season ago. He will make a major impact for an Arizona State team that should have its best team in the Bobby Hurley era.
Originally from Chicago, Alonzo Verge Jr was pretty heavily recruited but opted to go JUCO, Moberly Area CC in Missouri. In his Freshman season for the Greyhounds, Verge averaged 20.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game on 55% shooting from the field and 32% from deep. That’s really good but in his sophomore season he averaged 30.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game on 48 shooting from the floor and 41% from three, and yes those stats are indeed correct.
Before we get into his full-season overview from his junior season, I’ll start with how much Verge struggled to start the season he 0-13 from three before making his first one, and 3-24 before starting to get a feel for the three ball consistently, that’ll damper your season numbers. The first five games Verge struggled altogether, he was 12-52 from the field five games into the season, that’s good for 23% from the field. Then something happened in December, Verge started a great three game stretch, which started against Praire View A&M, where Verge scored 20 points on 6-12 shooting and 1-3 from deep, and added 4 rebounds and 2 assists in the 9-point win. Next game home against Georgia and a Top-3 2020 pick, Anthony Edwards. Verge dropped 19 on 7-11 and 1-3 from deep again, this time added 5 rebounds, 2 assists. Then the worst game of the Sun Devils’ season happened on December 21st in a neutral site game at Talking Stick Resort Arena, which is In Phoenix so essiantally a home game. The Sun Devils never had a chance in this game they lost by 40, final score of 96-56 and the Gaels’ star Jordan Ford had 34 points, but that wasn’t the best performance of the night. Even though Arizona State lost by 40 points, Alonzo Verge Jr dropped 43 points on 18-29 from the field, which is good for 62% and he did that while making only one three. Only two other ASU players scored in the entire game, Taeshon Cherry had 8 and former ASU big man, Romello White had 5. Verge was feeling it on a whole new level that game while still not finding his three-point-stroke. He struggled early shooting threes but starting with a game at Utah game on January 18th, he found his stroke. Verge finished the season 15-38 from three which is great at 39% compared to his final season average of 28%.
Verge’s final season stats were 26.8 Minutes per game, 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 43% from the floor, 28% from three, and 73% from-the-line. Verge definitely turned it around and showed his true potential. One big thing to me was in a home game against Arizona, in which they were down by 20+ and they won on a final shot, as Verge went iso and he got to the hoop and had a free-lane to the basket and score the game-winner. They trusted Verge to take that shot in a game that ended up changing the season. Verge can shock the world with his ability and become more of a national name.