Standout JUCO Forward Verbals to ASU

Josh Love, a 6-8 230 forward from Hill Junior College (Tex.) gave an oral commitment to the Sun Devils on Thursday night. Devils Digest has confirmed that with the player, his mother Jackie, and his coach Swede Trenkle.

"I went to visit Arizona State two weeks ago," said Josh Love. "They treated me very well, Coach Evans and the other coaches were down to earth, I got along with all the players. I liked their chemistry. I loved the campus, the atmosphere, the facilities…everything about the school." Love hasn't taken any other official visits aside from the Sun Devils, and did unofficially trip to Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, and TCU earlier in the year. "My commitment is solid," he remarked, "I'm done visiting other schools."

In his freshman year at Hill Junior College, Love averaged 17.0 ppg and 13.9 rpg. He was one of only three freshmen on the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference Basketball Men's All-Conference team. "I'm a flat out scorer that can rebound very well," he said as his described his attributes. "My ball handling skills aren't bad but I would like to improve on them. Coach Evans said that he sees me playing shooting guard or small forward at ASU. Some people compare my game to Carmelo Anthony. I guess I look like him too. But I really don't try to compare my game to anyone, I just play my game."

Coach Trenkle called his player one of the best junior college players in the country, and his list of suitors proves that assertion. "You name the school, they were recruiting him," said Trenkle. "Maryland, Kansas, Marquette, Washington, Oregon and Oregon State, California, USC were all after him." Trenkle credits the ASU coaching staff for being the determining factor is Love's decision. "Coach Evans was a tremendous asset is getting Josh," he stated. "Josh realized that Coach Evans was the coach he needed to play under to get to the next level. Coach Thompson did an unbelievable job recruiting him. Josh played all four of his high school years in Seattle, so he's a Pac-10 kid. ASU showed that they really wanted him, and like a lot of kids he went to where he was really wanted. He's a very loyal kid and that made a big difference when choosing Arizona State."

Love's coach remarked that the forward is averaging 21.9 ppg and 11.9 rpg this season. "He's very athletic," said Trenkle, "a tremendous shooter, a great rebounder – finished second in the country (among JUCO players). He can score many different ways. He's shooting right now 48% from the three-point line and can also post you up. Last year he played center for me, and this year he's playing both forward spots. He's very versatile. ASU is getting a tremendous baller."

Love redshirted his freshman year at Eastern Washington University, and thus will have two years to play two at ASU once he gets his AA degree in May. He will sign his letter of Intent in the April signing period.

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