Team Camaraderie Helps ASU Ink Claudino

Bruno Claudino enjoyed many aspects of his visit to Tempe a couple of weeks ago, but there was one facet of his trip that towered above the rest and is responsible for him signing a letter of intent today with the Sun Devils.

"ASU is a real nice place," said the 6-8 215 Bruno Claudino who played for the College of Southern Idaho. "The coaches and players were real nice, and I just felt that I fit in there. The team is very close with each other and I feel close to them – that was the biggest difference between the ASU visit and my other visits."

The Brazilian native said he wasn't given any promises as far as playing time. "It's up to the coaches if I'm gonna start or not," he stated. "If I don't work hard I'm not gonna start. I have to show them that I can work hard and improve my game. I'm excited to come to ASU."

College of Southern Idaho head coach Barret Peery also pointed to the visit Claudino had as a major reason for his signing with ASU. "He had a great visit there," he said. "He loved the facilities, the climate...he saw an opportunity there to come in and contribute. He was just impressed with the whole deal. He was very excited after his visit. He had his choice of schools, but as a compliment to ASU they were able to sign him."

Claudino did visit Kansas State and Oregon State, while Oregon and Utah were other schools pursuing him.

In an official statement, Arizona State men's basketball program coach Rob Evans had this to say about his newest signee: "Bruno has had two injuries which have prevented him from playing at full-strength for the better part of two seasons, but everyone knows what kind of impact he can make," said Evans. "He has good size and can shoot the ball well and played in a great junior college system. That will help him as he makes the transition to Division I basketball. Several major colleges wanted him and we are happy he picked Arizona State."

Claudino, originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, entered this year ranked as the fifth-best power forward in the junior college ranks by Van Coleman of Lindy's College Basketball but dislocated his ankle early in the year, which limited his playing time. He posted a season-high 18 points in the first game of the year and played in 28 contests starting in14. He averaged 14.2 minutes, shot 51.8 percent (57-of-110) from the floor and averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds.

The power forward will complete his AA degree in July, and he plans to come to Tempe shortly after.

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