Sun Devils Offer 2006 Local Prospect

While the recruiting efforts these days are undoubtedly revolving around 2005 prospects, it is never too early to get a jump on the 2006 recruiting targets. Arizona State did exactly that when they offered local Deer Valley high school standout Christian Polk a scholarship. DevilsDigest caught up with Polk at the Bob Gibbons Tournament in North Carolina to talk about his recruitment with the Sun Devils.

Christian Polk unofficially visited his hometown college this past Wednesday, and described the experience as a very positive one. "It went real well," he said. "I like Coach Evans a lot, and how he makes sure that all his players graduate. I like his basketball philosophy and how he turns basketball programs around. I like the facilities a lot. The weight room and the arena are real nice, and the campus is too."

The Sun Devils' fervent recruiting efforts haven't gone unnoticed with Polk, and he certainly feels now that they have just intensified with the scholarship offer. "The recruiting from Arizona State has been strong for a while," he commented. "They just waited for the right time to offer me a scholarship, and they offered me when I visited them." Polk added that Florida State was the first school to offer him a scholarship.

The 6-3 175 Polk is projected by at both guard spots. How does Coach Evans and Arizona State view his role? "That's one of the things that came up," Polk remarked, "and he said that he can see me play both positions. He said that I'm bigger than most point guards so he likes me playing that position, but he can also see me playing at shooting guard. They really gave me a lot of compliments about my style of play." Polk stated that he felt his mid-range shooting was his biggest asset, while his overall defense was the biggest area he needs to improve on.

When we talked to Deer Valley standout, his AAU team, the Arizona Magic were 2-0 in their pool play in this prestigious tournament. "We beat the Georgia Stars and another team from Pennsylvania," said Polk. "In the first game I was sick with the flu, so I didn't play a lot, but I scored like 20 points in the second game." We asked him about his desire to play with Arizona Magic and Deer Valley teammate Lawrence Hill, who's more than likely to commit to Stanford in the next few weeks. "We're real good friends, but we really haven't talked about playing together. Each of us is gonna do what's best for him."

Being a 2006 prospect, Polk cannot take official visits until the spring semester of his junior year (January 2005). When asked about the factors that will determine his school of choice he replied: "Good relationship with the coach, the school's location, and what my role will be with the team." And what about staying close to home? "It's a pretty strong factor, and I think it would be cool to stay close to home." Judging by the early scholarship offer, so would the Sun Devils…

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