With an eye on immediately improving his frontcourt size and depth, Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley has added a junior college post player to his 2017-18 roster plans.
Two weeks after De'Quon Lake officially visited ASU, the 6-foot-10 Iowa Western Community College center gave the Sun Devils a verbal commitment, according to a source.
ASU has been recruiting Lake since last summer and was among his first scholarship offers. He averaged 13.5 point and 7.2 rebounds as a sophomore for 25-7 Iowa Western, which is located in Council Bluffs, a suburb of Omaha, Nebraska.
Lake was considering additional visits to Kansas State and Rutgers, but made his decision without taking additional official visits.
"The coaches are saying they need size and you can see that from this season," Lake said following his recent visit. "That's where they need guys the most and they're telling me I'm their top target. They were saying they really want me because I have good footwork, I'm a scorer around the basket, a rebounder, physical.
"It was really good, I had a great time at ASU."
A native of Saint Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Lake moved with his mother and two older brothers to Virginia when he was in eighth grade. He played baseball primarily when younger, but outgrew the sport by about 10th grade, when he already towered over his brothers and father.
Lake is a fan of Joel Embiid and Anthony Davis in the NBA, and believes his best basketball is ahead of him.
"This past year I worked on my game with my coach and stayed with him for the summer," Lake said. "That put me in a good place with the (Jerry Mullen) Top-100 camp and I played well there and things got really going after that.
"It's a big difference coming from the Virgin Islands and even Virginia (in high school) and now getting these offers in junior college. It's boosted my confidence a lot. It's really helped me and I have come a long way and worked hard for what I do."
Lake is the fourth addition in the 2017 class for the Sun Devils. They've already signed four-star high school recruits Remy Martin, a 6-foot-0 point guard, Kimani Lawrence, a 6-foot-6 small forward, and Kenny Wooten, a 6-foot-8 power forward.