Will Horton Join the Texas Connection in Tempe?

Last season ASU struck gold with the lone star state, when Ike Diogu earned the conference's freshman of the year honors. Currently, the Sun Devils are poised once again to land another blue chipper from Texas. DevilsDigest talked to Jason Horton during his visit to the Valley of the Sun about the prospect of suiting up for the maroon and gold.

The 6-2 170-point guard from Cedar Hill High School (Cedar Hill, TX) arrived last Sunday for an unofficial visit. So far, his trip has been a very enjoyable one. "It's going well." He said, "The campus is real beautiful, and I like it a lot. I'm enjoying hanging out with guys at the dorms, and I like playing the pick up games the best." Speaking of those games, Horton has been very impressed with his possible future teammates. "They are a very talented group, and they're really competitive. They're gonna have a great nucleus coming back this year."

Another point of attraction for the point guard are the several ties the Horton family has with Coach Rob Evans and his players. Jason's father Daryl has known Evans and his family for nearly 15 years while working with Evans' daughter. Furthermore, he has coached three current Sun Devil players in his AAU team: Diogu, Allen Morrill, and Chris Low. Thus, Jason is quite familiar with the ASU's Texas trio, and that could weigh heavily in his decision on where to attend college. "It really appeals to me. I've been with those guys a number of years in summer league, and we have a good feel for each other's game. It's really appealing." As a point guard, having a reliable go-to guy can sometimes be a rare luxury. The possibility of playing with bona fide star such as Ike Diogu is another attractive proposition to consider. "Most definitely you want to go to a team with players on the same skill level. You want to play with guys that can compete for a national championship."

Horton acknowledged that the race for his services is still between Missouri and ASU, and that he's not leaning one way or another. He did however admit that the visit to Tempe has to be" One of my top two visits. I'm really enjoying it here." According to the Cedar Hill star, the factors that will determine the college of his choice consist of: "How do I fit with everybody, how well is the relationship between the coach and players. What kind of education I can get." On that last point it should be noted that Horton carries a 3.6 GPA, and while he could set his goals for a low score that could still easily qualify him academically, he wishes to surpass the score of his brother and Michigan player Daniel, who scored over 1100. Spoken like a true relentless worker…

Will a bright Texas lighting strike two years in a row in Tempe? We should know sometime in July…

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