Dastrup enjoys ASU visit

As the local basketball talent level increases in numbers so have the efforts by ASU to land recruits in the greater Phoenix area. One of those prospects being pursued in earnest by the Sun Devils is Payton Dastrup who unofficially visited Tempe on Thursday.

The 6-9 225 Payton Dastrup is quickly becoming one of the hotter 2014 front court prospects. The Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View standout is ranked as a four-star prospect by Scout.com as well as the no. 5 center in his class.

"Quickly emerging as one of the top 2014 post prospects in the country, Dastrup did nothing to discredit his quickly increasing stock," said Scout.com recruiting analyst Josh Gershon. "He rebounded on both ends, made several nice passes to teammates and even showed his versatility by knocking down a step-back long two. Dastrup has terrific hands to go with his strong frame and is going to be recruited at a high level once more schools see him."

As a sophomore for the Toros, Dastrup averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds a game. Thus far, he has been offered by Utah State and UC Davis, and Arizona State became his latest offer.

"It was great," Dastrup said of his visit. "I've been on visits here before where I watched practices, and this visit was different because I got to (personally) talk a lot more with the coaches. Coach Sendek told me what he expects from his players and said that I would be a good fit here. They said that they would like me to commit early so they can build the class around me.

"Coaches said I had a good 15-foot jumper and I have been trying to work on my range. I rebound well and play well with my back to the basket. I want to put some weight on, get up to 245 lbs. and get stronger. The coaches said that depending on how much more I grow that they would maybe play me at the 5, but I'm versatile enough to play the 4 or the 3. I like watching NBA players like Dwight Howard and Brandon Bass and learn from them about rebounding. I think that Kobe Bryant has great post moves and I try to learn from him too."

Another aspect of his unofficial visit that was unique, was spending time with current Sun Devil center Jordan Bachynski as the junior was able to give him a valuable player perspective on the program.

"He told me that Coach Sendek required a high GPA from his players," Dastrup stated. "And that he doesn't tolerate his players getting in trouble because he wants good people in the program. He said that after last season they are very motivated to play their best this year."

Since Dastrup plans to go on an LDS mission, an endeavor that Bachynski himself went on prior to arriving at ASU, this was another topic discussed between the two.

"We talked about how it was getting back to basketball after the mission," Dastrup commented. "He decided to go right after high school, but I think I will go to college for one year and then go on my Mission."

During the upcoming AAU circuit Dastrup will play for the Arizona Select club, and much like any other prospects participating in those tournaments he is hoping to gain more exposure for himself and consequently add scholarship offers.

"A lot of Pac-12 schools are looking at me," Dastrup said. "Oklahoma, Virginia, BYU and Kansas State have been also contacting my coach. Before the (July) tournaments start I'm going to the Pangos All-Star camp this weekend and the NIKE Elite 100 and I know I will get good exposure there."

While there is little doubt that Dastrup's offer sheet is about to beef up in the next couple of months, the Mountain View product said he has no plans to commit early.

"Unless I absolutely know that there is one school I like more than the others," Dastrup said, "I'm going to wait until my senior year to commit. I'm looking for a school that has high academics, a stable coaching staff, early playing time, and location."


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