Lexing to decide between Pac-12 foes

With visits to Washington State and Arizona State in the books and an upcoming visit to Colorado, Tre'Shaun Lexing is close to completing his trips to all the programs on his short list. Following his weekend with the Sun Devils, we caught up with the Tacoma, Wash. forward to talk about his impressions of ASU.

"It was really fun and I enjoyed myself a lot," Lexing said of his Arizona State visit. "I got to hang out a lot with the players and the coaching staff, tour the campus and met with the academic advisors and the trainers. I got to hang out with the players on Mill Avenue and I enjoyed the scenery there. The scenery is the thing that most surprised me on the visit.

"I liked the practice facility and how there are so many hoops there so everybody can work on their own (skills). You don't have to worry about clashing with anyone because you can work out on your side of the court. I liked the basketball arena a lot too and how the student section is right next visitors' bench."

The highlight of the forward's trip was watching the Sun Devil players during a pickup game. It probably doesn't come as a surprise, as to which player impressed him the most.

"Jahii Carson," Lexing stated. "That guy is ridiculous. I was hosted by Jahii, Carrick (Felix) and Jonathan (Gilling) and told me how fast they are going to play this year. That was totally opposite from what I thought."

The 6-6 195-pound Lexing also enjoyed meeting ASU's two new assistant coaches, Eric Mussleman and Larry Greer, who both bring a wealth of NBA experience with them.

"Being in the NBA is a dream of mine," Lexing admitted, "and coaches like that know what it takes to get there. That is a huge plus."

Lexing was a second-team all-class all-state pick by the Tacoma News Tribune and honorable mention Class 3A all-state by the Associated Press as a junior in 2012 after averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds per game.

He was named Narrows League 3A co-MVP and All-Area by the Tacoma News Tribune and plays point guard for Lincoln High.

The forward is part of the Northwest Panthers AAU club, and during that July tournament circuit Scout.com's recruiting analysts offered this evaluation of Lexing: The lefty has a smooth shooting stroke and he was very confident hitting from long range. On one play he posted up his defender about 10-feet out, turned around and shot a fade away jumper, which he nailed. He successfully got to the basket, and made some nice passes to teammates. Lexing is very much deserving of the high major attention he's receiving.

"They (the ASU coaches) compared me to James Harden and the same role he played," said Lexing who is a fellow south paw. "He's my favorite player. The coaches said I'm very versatile and can push out on the break."

Lexing expects to make his decision in the days following his Colorado visit on September 29th. While Washington State is the school closest to home for the forward, it didn't appear that the Cougars had any advantage over his other two main suitors.

"Washington State has nothing on Arizona State," Lexing commented. "I like Arizona State more than Washington State and I want to get away from home. I'm looking at what opportunities I will have at each school. I'm a competitor and I want a shot to compete at a chance of playing, but I don't need to be a starter.

"I just want to go to a school that I feel I can fit in."

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