Atwood talks ASU visit, decision timetable

Arizona State marked Willie Atwood final official recruiting trip. Will it also ultimately be his school of choice? Devils Digest talked to the Connors State (Okla.)forward following his Tempe visit to get the latest on his recruitment.

"I enjoyed my visit," Atwood said. "It was a very different environment from what I'm used to, but I liked the diversity. I came on the visit with my parents and we got to tour the facilities, meet with the players and coaches and went the spring football game. I expected everything to be really nice on the visit and it was.

"I really liked the facilities and hanging out with the players. I got to talk to Shaq (McKissic) and Jermaine Marshall and they told me that playing in this program is what you need to get seen and this is a program that wants to win. I've been talking to Gerry Blakes who's a JC guy coming in there and he wants me to commit because he said that with me they would be a very good team in the Pac-12." The 6-8 215-pound Willie Atwood averaged 20.8 points and 9.0 rebounds a game for Connors State in the 2013-14 season shooting just under 58 percent from the field.

"The coaches like my versatility and my aggressiveness on offense," Atwood commented. "They like how I can score in the post and also dribble, face up and shoot. They also like how I'm a high energy player who makes a lot of free throws. I like their (ASU's) scheme because they go up and down the court. Once you get the rebound you just go (laughs). That's the type of player I am – I'm always on the attack.

"The coaches made it known that I am a priority for them. You can tell they care a lot about their players not only on the court but off the court."

Atwood has already visited Iowa and Florida State and is still heavily considering those two programs, as well as Arizona State. The forward said that currently there is no one program that is standing out above the others.

"I really don't right now who I'm going to choose," Atwood said. "All the schools are the same to me. I'm going to sit down with my coaches on Monday and make a decision no later than Wednesday.

"When I make my decision I'm going to look at the relationship I have with the coaching staff and the players, and know that this is the school I want to be for the next two years."


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