October 6, 2008
ASU pursuing Pateev
Arizona State coaches Herb Sendek and Dedrique Taylor traveled to the Orlando, Fla., area late last month to evaluate Montverde Academy center Ruslan Pateev, and the 6-foot-11 Russian import is expected to return the favor with an official visit Oct. 24.
Pateev has been offered by the Sun Devils and the program is solidly in contention for Pateev's future services.
"I've known coach Sendek for quite a long time and I've gotten to know coach Taylor more recently and they're doing a tremendous job recruiting Ruslan," Montverde Academy coach Kevin Sutton said. "Arizona State is a high quality program and coach Sendek is very big on skill development, which is a big part of what we're all about here."
Last season, Pateev was the lone junior starter in lineup that featured four players who have all since graduated and moved on to the Division-I level. That team finished 24-6, and Pateev averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks per game.
"He's a very skilled big," Sutton said. "Offensive he's come a long way and he's very capable around the basket. He's improved his versatility and this year we may play him some at the [power forward position]. He has the ability to step out onto the floor and shoot the ball a bit and do some things."
The Moscow native is also considering Florida State, Central Florida, Pittsburgh, Southern Methodist, South Florida, and Georgia Tech, among other schools.
Sutton has helped place well over 100 recruits at the college level in his coaching career, and his experience will be critical in helping Pateev find the right college fit.
"We're looking for the highest level school where he'll be able to progress and develop and advance as a player," Sutton said. "Skill development is very important, as is style of play and the coaches who will be entrusted to have his best interests at heart. We're not going to rush the process. Ruslan will take a few visits and we'll see what his thoughts are and I'll give him my input and we'll go from there."
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