For the second year in a row, Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley has landed multiple four-star recruits in the early signing period.
The Sun Devils announced the signings of Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon point guard Remy Martin and New Hampton (N.H.) The New Hampton School wing forward Kimani Lawrence on Wednesday, the first day of the period.
Martin, 6-foot-0, 170 pounds, is the No. 24 point guard prospect and No. 98 overall recruit in the 2017 class by Scout. He reported offers from Connecticut, Georgetown, Kansas, Texas, UCLA and USC.
"Remy was a great get for us," Hurley said. "He has a lot of characteristics I look for in a lead guard and a leader. He's a dynamite defender. He's got a great motor. He can really push the ball in transition. He's got great speed. Just trying to get guys to the style, he fits perfectly. Really good intangibles too. Really good student, great kid, good family. He's been in a winning program. Sierra Canyon is one of the top high school programs. He's about winning and you love to have that at the point guard spot."
Lawrence, 6-foot-6, 185 pounds, is ranked No. 11 at the small forward position and No. 54 overall. He picked the Sun Devils over Florida and USC.
"Kimani has played against great competition on the AAU circuit and he's got a big time reputation. He can really get to the basket effectively and does a lot of things well. He's just not one of those guys that you're going to call a shooter or great passer. He's going to give you a little bit of everything and has great size for a wing player."
Martin and Lawrence have one more year of high school before they're able to join ASU in the summer of 2017.
Sun Devils tip season off Friday
Former ASU player and Tempe high school product Caelen Robinson will be back in town on Friday for visiting Portland State in the season opener for both teams at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.
Robinson, a senior 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 10.2 points and 3.1 assists for the Vikings last season.
"The guys are pretty excited for Friday, obviously," Hurley said. "There's been a lot of work put in, five weeks practice competing against the same guys over and over again, outside the scrimmage and exhibition. We've very excited, the players are. We're pretty healthy too, which is a plus. Just looking forward to it starting on Friday."
The Sun Devils are talented in the backcourt, led by junior point guard Tra Holder, who led the team in scoring and assists last season, and junior guard Shannon Evans, who was Hurley's starting lead guard at Buffalo in an NCAA Tournament season in 2014-15.
But height and depth are challenges ASU, as Hurley readily admits. It is a team that will likely start four guards and 6-foot-8 forward Obinna Oleka at the center position. The Sun Devils may not go deeper than seven or eight players in games. That means a greater reliance on starters.
"We're not the biggest team, not the longest team, not the strongest team," Hurley said. "We're going to have to outplay people, just out play them.
"I think that our guys are very fit right now. We have guys that can play extended minutes. Hoping that you stay out of foul trouble. (Junior wing) Kodi (Justice) and Tra are used to playing big minutes. Shannon I barely took out in Buffalo. I can have guys that can play at a good speed and good pace and play heavy minutes."
ASU will have to also figure out its identity as it goes, with only Holder, Justice and Oleka playing a lot for the team last season.
"We've still learning, we're still trying to get improved on things. You want to be exposed some. You want to find out what you need to get better at."