Suton and Ford Enjoy Tempe Visit

One of the premier centers east of the Mississippi, along will arguably the best JC point guard in the west visited Arizona State this past weekend. They enjoyed their time here immensely, but was that enough to make the Sun Devils their favorite school? DevilsDigest talked exclusively with Goran Suton and Michael Ford.

At 6-10 240, Goran Suton the senior from Everett High Scholl in Lansing, MI, has a college ready body. He played on the Michigan Hurricanes AAU team, and when the ASU coaches were heavily recruiting his teammate Jason Horton, they stumbled upon the big man.

"It's great," said Suton about the visit. "The guys are great, I love the coaching staff, weather is great – what else can I say (smile)?" Aside from wanting to get out of the cold of Michigan and into the warm weather in a school down south, there were other factors that are attracting the center to Tempe. "I like the style of play of Coach Evans. He lets the big guys run the floor, shoot from the outside…do the things they can do."

We asked Suton to self evaluate his skills, and he replied: "My jump shot improved a lot over the summer. I can put the ball on the floor more now, and play both on the left and the right." Suton's AAU Coach, Rod Watts, accompanied his player and also enjoyed the visit to the Valley of the Sun. He offered his own assessment of his player's attributes: "He has an array of moves," said Watts. "And is very smart. He's very coachable. Once you get him the weight room here, he will grow even stronger." Watts added that he felt Suton needs to be more explosive and not to take plays off – "Those two probably go hand in hand."

Watts also enjoyed the visit to Tempe, and said: "The ASU visit will be a tough act to follow. They raised the bar for all the other visits." Suton exclaimed that he wouldn't make a decision until he visits LSU and Michigan State later this month. Watts revealed that Clemson, Ohio State, and Michigan were trying to get back in the recruiting picture, but Suton is content just sticking with the schools he will visit.

The other visitor to the Arizona State campus was point guard Michael Ford. At 6-1 180 the Los Angeles Southwest College standout is arguably the best JC guard prospect in the western region. Luckily for the Sun Devils he holds the school in very high regard. "Arizona State is my top school," said Ford. "I do have my mind made up, but my coach wants me to wait until the end of the season, and sign in April." He mentioned San Diego St. Oklahoma, and Miami among the several schools vying for his services.

Ford also enjoyed his time in Tempe, and said that he can already feel chemistry with the squad. "I know some of the guys from before," he said. "And they are treating me nice. I just ran court with the guys, and I feel like I fit in with them. I just like it all." Additionally, the point guard singled out the campus, teachers and counselors, and the facilities as aspects of his trip that very appealing.

When it comes to breaking down his game, Ford believes that his offense is still ahead of his defense. "My perimeter game is very strong," he said. "But I have to work on my defense and conditioning. If I do that, I'll be one of the top guards in the Pac-10. I'm real good at penetrating to the basket too." When talking to Ford, you cannot help but sense that he can already see himself in the maroon and gold. "I'm working hard on my jump shot, because if Ike is still here then we have to help him out and knock down some shots."

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