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Several years ago, Arizona State landed one of the best junior college players in recent conference history out of Los Angeles Southwest Junior College – Curtis Millage. Will lightning strike twice for the Sun Devils with elite junior college point guard Michael Ford?

Having finished in the runner-up position for two of the elite high school point guards in the nation -- Jason Horton and Quentin Thomas -- the Arizona State men's basketball staff is now seemingly turning its full attention to junior college standout Michael Ford, from Los Angeles Southwest Junior College, the alma mater of Curtis Millage.

Ford, at 6-0, is one of the most dynamic JUCO guards in the nation, coming of a freshman campaign in which he averaged a conference leading 20.4 points (25.7 in league play), 5.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 4.6 steals and shot an unbelievable .568% from three point territory on the season.

Southwest College coach Reggie Morris spoke with DevilsDigest recently about his star guard. He stated that Arizona State is the "clear leader" for Ford with Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina, DePaul, Georgia State, Utah State, Long Beach State and Lamar, among others still vying for his services. According to Morris, the Sun Devils "established one of the best relationships with Mike early on," and that has helped push Arizona State to the top of his list.

Still, Ford considers himself open according to Morris and there is a real possibility that the former Georgia high school standout will elect to hold off on signing a national letter of intent until the spring period in April.

Morris is a friend of Ford's family and the driving force behind the point guard's decision to move across country for junior college basketball. In the last year, Morris has worked regularly with Ford to improve the various components of his game. He claims Ford "needs to improve his ball-handling probably more than anything else right now," but that with time and effort he should be able to bring that element of his game up to par with the rest of his tremendous skills.

Ford is a deadly three-point shooter; he's able to spot up and make the deep ball or create for himself off the dribble. He has the ability to break players down off the dribble and get to the basket or create for teammates. Defensively he has the athleticism to be a particularly bothersome force and he plays on both ends with a lot of intensity. Quick hands and feet make him an active player and he's the type of guard that would fit in well in a Sun Devil mid-tempo attack. DevilsDigest will continue to closely follow the recruitment of this elite prospect.

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