Official Visit Reaffirms Decision

Shortly after his unofficial visit in mid-August, point guard Jamelle McMillan gave his verbal commitment to the Sun Devils. During that trip, father Nate McMillan, wasn't able to accompany him due to his duties with the Portland Trailblazers. This past weekend both were in Tempe for an official trip, and the younger McMillan shared his experiences, as well as his dad's, with Devils Digest.

"It was really nice and it was overall a great weekend," said the 6-2 180 Jamelle McMillan. "Once again, the coaches were impressive with the schedule and everything they put together that was lined up for us to do. The players are a great group of guys, and I got to hang out with them. I saw them play some pick-up games and go through individual workouts with Coach Sendek. I really like what I saw. The campus was amazing, the weather was beautiful and it's obviously a great place to be."

His unofficial trip to Tempe last month took place during summer break. Naturally, the biggest eye-opener for him during this trip that just ended, was seeing a vibrant campus. "To see the campus full of kids definitely gave me perspective of what I was going to get into next year, " he admitted. "and I can't wait to start going to school there."

As mentioned, Nate McMillan (and Jamelle's mother) accompanied his son on this trip. The Trailblazers' head coach gave his stamp of approval to his son's decision without ever seeing Arizona State and all it had to offer. Following this visit, Coach McMillan couldn't help but come away impressed with his son's choice of college. "He said I made the right decision," remarked Jamelle. "He saw all the facilities, met with ASU President Dr. Crow and Athletic Director Miss Love, and he said this was one of the most unique places he has been too. He's been to a lot of college campuses as a player and a coach and was very excited that I'll be going here to school. He liked what he heard from coach Sendek as far as his plans and ideas for the program. He and my mom are very very happy with my decision." The point guard quipped that his father, a North Carolina State alumnus, after being impressed with all that ASU has to offer, is ‘forgiving' him for not choosing to attend his alma mater.

McMillan is one of the top prospects in the fertile recruiting ground of Seattle, Wash. He stars for O'Dea High School, a powerhouse program in the local prep basketball scene. It's easy to see some of the similarities in the characteristics that define his high school squad as well as the philosophy of ASU's head coach Herb Sendek. "Last three years we made it to the State championship, and won it two out of three years," he said. "Coming into this year we're expected to have another strong team. We're possibly #1 and without question in the top five. We have a solid group of seven, eight guys who get a lot of minutes. There's no reason why we shouldn't be back in the state championship again."

"Nobody in this city (Seattle) expected us to be at the state championship the last three years, and once again they don't expect us to be there once again," continued McMillan. "Mainly it's because the way we play. We play slower than other teams, but obviously we're getting the job done. Our coach has won the state championship five or six times, so he obviously knows what he's doing. I wouldn't change it if I was him. It's working and it's successful. We start open gym tomorrow and we're excited. We expect nothing less than getting another ring."

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