Tshisumpa checks out ASU

Arizona State unofficially hosted Congolese post player Jethro Tshisumpa Wednesday on the heels of his strong performance in the NBA Players Association Camp.

Arizona State's coaching staff has only been on the job several months but nevertheless found a way to be ahead of the curve on a fast-rising 2016 post player.

Jethro Tshisumpa, a native of Congo who plays at Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va., picked up his first high major scholarship offer from the Sun Devils even before he made a big impression -- literally and figuratively -- at last weekend's high profile NBA Players Association Camp.

A 6-foot-9, 260 pound center, Tshisumpa led the camp by a wide margin with 2.6 blocks per game. Analysts on hand called him the best rim protector in attendance.

"I thought I played pretty good," Tshisumpa said Thursday. "I want to get better. I want to work on my offensive game. Like, shooting and around the basket."

Several days after his impressive showing -- which came as a largely unknown prospect to many national media members -- Tshisumpa traveled to Tempe to see the Sun Devils.

He came away pleased with the experience.

"I liked it," he said. "I liked the players and the coaches. They were nice."

Tshisumpa said he enjoyed being on the ASU campus and getting a better feel for the university in a way that wouldn't have otherwise been possible. He said he's considering the Sun Devils strongly moving forward but has to learn more about the recruiting process before making a commitment.

"I wanted to see what their program has to offer," he said. "It was good. I was happy to be there."

In July, Tshisumpa will be playing for Urban DFW in the all-important AAU month.


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