Devils Eyeing Latvia-Born Guard

Rihards Kuksiks has been playing high school basketball in the United States for only two years. Nonetheless, the 6-6 205 Latvian native shooting guard has been garnering some serious attention from Division-I schools. The senior from Florida Air Academy officially visited Tempe this past weekend, and Devils Digest caught up with his coach Aubin Goporo to get the latest on his recruitment.

"I picked him up from the airport last night after his visit," said Goporo of Rihards Kuksiks. "He liked his visit to Arizona State very much. He liked meeting all the people there, and liked listening to the plan that Coach Sendek has for the program."

Goporo said that the guard came to the U.S. to attend the school to follow in the footsteps of his cousin, who also attended Florida Air Academy (a boarding school in Melbourne, Fla.) a few years back. There was the natural normal adjustment period when he first got here, but judging not only but his play but also by his 4.0 GPA, suffice to say that the player's learning curve is a thing of the past.

"He's a typical European player," Goporo commented. "He's a great 3-point shooter that understands the game. He's a great player and a great kid." Kuksiks helped his school capture the Florida 3A championship this past spring.

It seems as if Kuksiks has narrowed down his list of schools to Virginia Tech, who he already visited, ASU and St. John's who he will trip to on Nov. 3rd. "After he makes all his visits, he will make his decision," said Goporo who added that his player does plan to sign in November.

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