Devils Target Lone Star Guard

Herb Sendek and his staff noticed Ryan Harp back in their days with North Carolina State. Once they started their new positions in Tempe, they kept in touch with the Cooper High School (Abilene, Tex.) standout, a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by the sharp shooting guard.

"Recruiting with Arizona State is going pretty well," said the 6-4 180 Ryan Harp. "I've been talking to Coach Phelps a lot for the last few months, and the last few weeks I really got to know Coach Sendek. He's a great guy and obviously a great coach, and I just been very impressed in how they have been recruiting me. It has been a lot of fun."

"I've always heard that Arizona State was a good school," continued Harp, "but now I know that for sure. Coach Sendek has done a great job at NC State, and I know he will do well at Arizona State."

Last season Harp averaged 22.8 points and shot 42 percent from 3-point range. "At times I'm a good shooter, but I need to become more consistent at that," he stated as he self-assessed his skills. "I'm able to handle the ball better than I used to. I do a good job keeping my man in front of me on defense." He added that the Sun Devils are recruiting him as a shooting guard, but he feels he can play both guard positions, as well as the small forward spot. Harp prides himself on his versatility, and admires one of the most versatile players in the NBA – Dirk Nowitzki.

TCU, Northwestern are some of the schools that have extended scholarship offers. Aside from ASU, Virginia and Stanford have been showing great interest. "If it's the right fit, I don't mind playing away from home," he said. "Distance doesn't really matter."

His AAU team is Texas Top Prospects Elite. Harp said that his club has already participated in many spring tournaments and is scheduled to be in some of the prestigious summer AAU tournaments, such as the Big Time in Las Vegas.

Harp remarked that he plans to visit Tempe in June or August, which probably fits well with his timetable for a decision. "I'm probably gonna make a decision by September," he said. "I think I'll be able to make up my mind by then."

The guard has a 3.7 GPA and scored 1020 on his first SAT try. He took that test again this past weekend in order to boost his score.

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