Blakes talks Sun Devil pledge

24 hours following Gerry Blakes' visit to Arizona State, the San Bernardino Valley standout informed the Sun Devil staff on Sunday of his commitment. Blakes marks the fifth addition of the 2014 class.

The 6-4 180-pound Gerry Blakes prepped at Inglewood (Calif.) Morningside and committed to Hawaii during his senior year. Academics forced him to go the junior college route and he landed at San Bernardino Valley.

As a freshman he averaged 16 ppg, 4 rpg and 3.1 apg shooting 41 percent from the field, 32.8 percent room three-point range and 74 .1 percent from the line for the 22-9 Wolverines. San Bernardino Valley is coached by former Arizona State player Quincy Brewer.

"I always had a thing for the Sun Devils," Blakes told Devils Digest on Sunday. "I love the conference, the opportunity to play for such a great program, it's close to mom and home and I just feel that I can be a star here. I love the up tempo style of play they have where the offense comes from the defense. Getting up and running is what I like to do and that was a big deal to me.

"I feel a great connection to the coaches and I just loved all the staff that I met on my visit. I know they can help me be successful. I just love all the people I met, the city, the facilities. I know this is the best place for me."

While the Sun Devils have a lot of experience in the backcourt for this upcoming year, following the 2013-14 season they will lose three backcourt players in transfers Shaquielle McKissic and Jermaine Marshall, as well as sophomore Jahii Carson who is a virtual guarantee to enter the 2014 NBA draft. Thus, Blakes' pledge provides much needed experience to that position group next season.

"They see me as a combo guard that can bring leadership to the team," Blakes stated in a previous interview. "I can definitely bring scoring, assist and rebounding along with defensive intensity. They need someone to fill the spot once Jahii leaves and I know that I can be that player.

"I feel that I have a real feel for the game and I have great ability in being in control on the floor, leading the team and scoring, but also getting everybody else involved. But I also need to work on everything about me game."

The only other school Blakes visited to date was LSU on August 29th, and the San Bernardino Valley player stated today that he won't visit any other schools and sign with ASU in November. Blakes claimed offers from Saint Mary's, Iowa and Colorado, and added that schools such as UCLA, USC, Washington State and UNLV have been showing increased interest.

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