The Sun Devils’ basketball team has greatly exceeded expectations this year on the court. Ranked as high as #3 by the AP Poll, Bobby Hurley’s team has put the nation on notice, validating their self-inspiring “Guard U” label.
Last Tuesday the Sun Devils received news that gave fans even more reason to be excited. Five-star forward Taeshon Cherry committed to ASU via Twitter.
The 6’8” 210-pounder from San Diego ranks as the best forward in the state of California, and the 22nd best overall prospect in the country according to ESPN. In his senior year at Foothills Christian High School, he’s averaging 20.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
Cherry had originally committed to USC back in June. However, he chose not to sign a Letter of Intent in November and eventually de-committed a month later amid FBI investigations of USC and Associate Head Coach, Tony Bland. Bland, who had ties to Cherry and his recruitment, was one of four coaches arrested in a federal criminal complaint of bribery.
Cherry took his official visit to Tempe two weekends ago when the Devils faced off against Oregon and Oregon State at home. His experience blew him away so much that he called off his official visit to Texas A&M and committed almost immediately.
When asked about the reasoning behind his decision, the recruit raved about the competence of coach Bobby Hurley and the fact that ASU felt like home. He also mentioned that the team’s successful season factored into his decision. The forward earned offers from Arizona, Gonzaga, San Diego State, Texas A&M, and USC.
Cherry is the third addition to the Sun Devils 2018 recruiting class, along with fellow five-star, Luguentz Dort, and four-star, Elias Valtonen.
Next year, Cherry and company will be expected to fill the void left by the departures of seniors Tra Holder, Shannon Evans, and Kodi Justice. Cherry played against Remy Martin at Sierra Vista in high school, so it will be interesting to see how he meshes with him as the two have a strong chance of starting next year. A third consecutive top 25 recruiting class has given Bobby Hurley’s squad reason to be optimistic about the future of basketball in the Valley of the Sun.
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