LAS VEGAS -- In this city, a lot of people keep their cards close to the vest, but not Jordan Usher
Every year during this week, the grassroots basketball world plays center stage at the Entertainment Capital of the World. High profile recruits tend to not reveal who their preferred college option is, or even the pecking order of their top options.
A 6-foot-6 wing from Sequoyah High School in Canton, Georgia, Usher will tell you quite plainly that Arizona State is the front-runner to land his college commitment.
"Arizona State is obviously my favorite," Usher said in between games Thursday. "It's a place I could really flourish, come in, get minutes as a freshman and I'm just really comfortable with the staff. I've just never been on campus. If I go there and like it a lot, we'll see (about a commitment). I've never been to Arizona. That's what I talk to them about. They tell me it's fun, a great place, a good college environment."
Usher's relationship with ASU coaches is second to none, and the primary reason for his sentiments. A visit to the program could lead to his recruitment reaching a conclusion.
"I've known (ASU assistant Rashon) Burno forever and talk with coach (Bobby) Hurley every day and coach [Anthony Coleman] who used to work for adidas I talk to pretty much every day too now," Usher said. "It's probably, definitely the best relationship I have with any coaching staff, especially the different ways that I've known them.I've known coach Burno since eighth grade. I went to a camp when he was at Florida and we took a liking to each other. When he left and went to Nebraska I talked to him there and then when he went to ASU, same thing. We've always talked.
"I love coach Hurley. Me and him have the same energy, same type of mad energy on the court. He's intense, I'm intense."
Ole Miss, Nebraska and USC are other high major offers for Usher. He's planning to also officially visit USC, with both trips likely to take place in September.
"None of my top schools are from the South, really," he said. "I just have a good relationship with some of the schools in the West recruiting me so that's where I'm probably going to end up."
Usher is focused on expanding his skill set and becoming more comfortable handling the ball and playing a versatile perimeter court game, facilitating and shooting it.
"I'm just trying to minimize mistakes and keep working on my game," he said. "With the (Atlanta Celtics) we're not as talented as some other teams here so I'm doing a lot of things and being a little outside my comfort zone but that's okay because that's how you grow and get better."