Sometimes persistence pays off. Such was the case for Arizona State in its pursuit of Keith Wooden.
Wooden, a 6-8, 220 pound power forward from Lawrence Free State H.S. in Lawrence, Kan., committed to the Sun Devils this week after considering overtures from Indiana and Kansas.
Back in July at the Great American Shootout, Wooden told Rivalshoops.com that ASU was the only school to offer. Some schools, including Kansas, were a bit hesitant to offer Wooden due to rumored academic question marks.
Indiana made a push this summer with Wooden, and the two discussed Keith visiting the Bloomington based Big 10 program in October.
But in the end, he pledged to the only school he visited this fall -- ASU.
"I wanted to get it over about a month ago, but my Mom wanted me to take a visit," Wooden said. "My Mom also wanted to meet Coach Evans, and see what kind of guy he was, and that was a big part in my decision making."
Wooden revealed that part of his interest in IU was due to the fact that his dad lives not too far from Bloomington.
"My dad lives in Kentucky, and he kind of wanted me to go to Indiana," he explained. "But I decided that it's time for me to get away from home."
Being from Lawrence, Wooden has grown up in the shadows of Roy Williams' formidable Jayhawk program.
"I just wanted to step away from the hometown thing and do my own thing somewhere else, and prove that it can be done somewhere else," Wooden said. "So that was kind of my thinking with that."
"I mean I like KU, and I like some of the players," he continued. "Every kid would love to go to KU, they are rich in basketball tradition. But that's not always the best place for some people."
Wooden fell short of a qualifying score on his first ACT attempt, and he is slated to take the test again in October.
We will keep you posted on his progress both on and off the court in the coming months, so stay tuned.