After 2008 prospect Johnny Coy received his fist offer, schools came flocking in to recruit the 6-foot-7, 195-pound combo forward. Coy, from St. Joseph (Mo.) Benton High School, never forgot about the about the Pac-10 school that wanted him first.
"I feel awesome," said Coy about his commitment to Arizona State. "The coaches are awesome guys, and Coach Sendek is in the same situation he was in at North Carolina State as far as building a program from the ground up.
"He is bringing in some players who can get it done with guys like James Harden, Jamelle McMillan and Eric Boateng. I am just so excited about being a part of the program."
Arizona State was always Coy's leader, but he did closely consider Washington State and Creighton.
"Washington State has a great program and Coach Bennett is a top notch guy," he said. "And I really got close to the Creighton staff. It was really tough to tell them I wouldn't be going there."
Going into the spring as the No. 112 ranked prospect in the Rivals150 for the class of 2008, Coy will play with the Kansas City Pump N Run squad. He will have a chance to expand his game and possibly earn his way into four-star status against the tougher competition on the circuit.
"I'm looking forward to practicing and playing with the Pump N Run team," he said. "I want to get better in every aspect of my game and will have the chance to practice against guys who are also Division One players."
Having been a guard up until a six inch growth spurt going into his freshman year, Coy expects to play a lot of positions for the Sun Devils.
"They want me to play the two, three and some four," he said. "I was always a combo guard until I grew all of the sudden, so handling the ball is one of my strengths."
Coy, who averaged 26.5 points, 12 rebounds, 5.4 blocks and 4.2 assists per game this year, joins Taylor Rohde as 2008 Arizona State commitments.