Sun Devil Hoops Ink Polk, Odufuwa

The only better scenario that landing a talented player, is landing one from your own back yard. The ASU basketball team did exactly that when Glendale Deer Valley guard Christian Polk signed a letter of intent with the maroon and gold on Wednesday. Lone star state forward George Odufuwa was the other payer today who made his verbal commitment official and joined Polk as a member of the 2006 recruiting class.

"It's very exciting," Christian Polk told Devils Digest just hours after faxing his letter of intent at 3:30 P.M. "My mom invited a bunch of people to my house, we had a party, and I faxed the letter from my house. ASU offered me first and showed that they wanted me more than other schools out there. I'm happy to be a Sun Devil." Boston College, North Carolina State and Indiana were some of the other programs that offered Polk during the recruiting process. Polk gave his commitment back in June of this year.

The 6-3 175 guard played on one of the most star-studded Arizona high school teams ever. The Skyhawks also featured Lawrence Hill and Joey Shaw who will be playing at Stanford and Indiana respectively this season. Deer Valley was 30-2 during the 2004-05 campaign, and reached the 5A semi-finals. During that season Polk averaged 15.1 ppg, 4.5 apg, and 1.9 spg. He was named to the Arizona Republic's second team 5A All-Arizona team.

This year Skyhawks will naturally be depleted, but Polk is still optimistic. "We lost a lot of size (with the graduation of Hill and Shaw)," he said. "So we'll be running up and down the court a lot. We're still gonna have a good team." Polk added that he's looking forward to matching up with Hill in Pac-10 play in the 2006-07 season.

George Odufuwa (pictured), a 6-8 240 forward from Kimball High School in Texas, played on the same AAU team as Sun Devil Ike Diogu and current ASU player Allen Morill. The versatile forward averaged 19.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and two blocks a game in his junior year. He was voted All-District 13 (4A) and All Region II first-team honors.

Odufuwa also considered SMU and Colorado. In a previous interview on the day of his verbal commitment, he mentioned how committing to Arizona State just felt right. "I like the coaches and the environment," said Odufuwa. "You know when you have that gut feeling that something is right for you? That's pretty much how I felt with ASU. I went with my heart."

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