Shipp Becomes First Signee Under Sendek

New Head Basketball Coach Herb Sendek was brought in to reverse the fortunes of the Sun Devils. Outside shooting is one aspect that was in need of an upgrade, and that deficiency is going to be addressed through sharp shooter Jerren Shipp. The small forward became the inaugural player to put his name on the dotted line in this new era of Arizona State basketball. Devils Digest talked to the newest Sun Devil and his coach Harvey Kitani about the decision.

Jerren Shipp, a 6-5 185 small forward from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, led his team in scoring with 18.5 points per game. With a 24-3 overall record, and an undefeated 10-0 mark in league play, the Lions were one of the elite squads on the Southern California prep scene. "He's very knowledgeable about the game," said Kitani. "He's a great shooter, does a good job handling the ball and overall has a tremendous upside." Shipp's two older brothers are Joe Shipp who played at Cal during the 1999-2003 seasons and Josh Shipp a sophomore at UCLA. "I coached all three of them," stated Kitani, "and Jerren is the best defender. One reason he chose Arizona State is so he can go up against Josh in the Pac-10. He does a lot of things to help the offense, and |I think he'll be an all-league player in the future."

The newest Sun Devil player, visited Loyola Marymount and San Francisco before tripping to ASU this past weekend. Cal, USC, and Washington State were some other schools that showed interest in the Fairfax standout. Kitani attributes the under-recruitment of Shipp to his style of play. "He's a good team player and that doesn't stand out when you play for AAU teams," he explained. "He does the right things on the court, and obviously Coach Sendek has a keen eye to spot players like that. I know Jerren is excited to be Sendek's first recruit to sign, and he likes the style of play that he teaches."

"I had a great visit to ASU," Shipp told Devils Digest on Monday. "I really liked the campus and facilities there. I really saw myself fitting in there. I came back home from the visit, talked it over with my family and decided to come to ASU. I'm gonna sign the letter Monday night. It's special that I'm the first one to sign (under Sendek)."

Naturally, Shipp thought he should have been receiving more recruiting interest from teams, but also admitted that this will be a source of motivation. "I'm just gonna go out there and prove people wrong," he commented. "It also doesn't matter that I didn't get recruited that much, because in the end I got in with the right school."

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