Loyalty Factored Heavily in Polk's Decision

Christian Polk knew there was one school who wanted him more than the others, and whose actions matched their words. That is why the Deer Valley (Glendale, Ariz.) point guard decided to verbal to the Arizona State basketball team last night.

"There were a lot of other schools on the table," said the 6-3 175 Christian Polk. "But ASU has being recruiting me the longest, they were the first ones who offered me a scholarship, and my parents felt the most comfortable with that situation."

Polk's decision did come down a few hours the Sun Devils' team camp which concluded on Sunday. "My family and I had an unofficial visit there, and we met with the coaches," he recalled. "Then I went home with my family to talk about it, and we thought to ourselves ‘what are we waiting for?' We weighed all the positives and negatives and thought that ASU was the best place for me." Polk is the classic combo guard, and he stated that the Sun Devils would probably want to see him play at the point.

Polk had narrowed down his choices to Arizona State and a few reputable schools east of the Mississippi. "I was considering Connecticut, Boston College, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Indiana and Illinois," he said. "Boston College, North Carolina State and Indiana also offered me besides ASU. The other schools wanted to see play in July (in the various AAU tournaments) before they offered me."

The point guard stated that he wasn't apprehensive of playing his college career away from home, but being close to home was a factor he obviously didn't dismiss during his decision process. "It's cool playing in front of your family and friends in Arizona. I know I'm gonna enjoy that a lot."

Deer Valley was one the premier basketball programs in the state last season, and finished the season 30-2 with an undefeated 14-0 mark in their conference. Polk was second on the team in scoring with 15.1 ppg on 43% shooting. He converted his three-point shots at a 32% clip, averaged 4.5 apg and 1.9 spg as well.

The Skyhawks were loaded with talent, and aside from Polk they also featured Joey Shaw who signed with Indiana and Lawrence Hill who will play at Stanford. "They both were happy for me," Polk commented on his former teammates' reaction to his decision. "Joey wanted me to play with him in Indiana, but ASU was a better fit for me. It's gonna be a lot of fun playing against ‘Law' in the Pac-10."

With the departure of Hill and Shaw, Polk will find himself thrust into the dual role of star player and leader for Deer Valley, who will probably take a step back due to those players leaving. The point guard told Devils Digest that he's more than ready for the challenge. "I don't think we'll have a tough year," Polk claimed. "I know we're not gonna be the 11th ranked team in the country like we were last year, but I think we have a lot of good young players and we'll open a lot of eyes. I'm ready to take on a bigger leadership role this year."

Polk carries a 3.3 GPA and will take the SAT for the first time in August.

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