Missouri Forward Excited to Visit ASU

It's never too early to think about your next recruiting class. ASU has lived up to that statement as they vigorously recruit 6-7 195 Johnny Coy. The Benton High School star from St. Joseph's, Missouri will unofficially visit Tempe this weekend and Devils Digest talk to him about his recruiting possibilities.

Arizona State's Associate Head Coach Mark Phelps has been recruiting Johnny Coy for just about a month, and offered him a scholarship literally after the first time he saw him play. "I really like Coach Sendek and Coach Phelps," said Coy. "They're awesome. They're great guys and recruit people like they should be recruited."

So far the efforts of the Sun Devil staff have been fruitful as Coy will not visit by himself, but with the people that will be instrumental in his decision. "I'm bringing my family, just everybody down there…we can't wait to get down there," he commented. "Coach Phelps has told me so much about the place and I'm excited to see it for myself. The coaches tell me that I will fall in love with the school on this visit and not want to come back home." He added that he was looking forward to visiting a place that was 50 degrees warmer than his hometown this time of year.

Warmer weather will mean for Coy choosing a school far from home, and according to the Benton High School standout this is a non-factor. "It really doesn't bother me to play away from home," claimed the forward. "My family is pretty good about coming to watch me play. They'll probably try to come to every game at home and on the road. College is just four, five years of your life so I don't mind living during that time away from home."

ASU was the first school to offer Coy a scholarship, which triggered other schools to follow suit. "My phone has been pretty much ringing off the hook after they offered me," Coy noted. "It's been real crazy. Washington State, Wichita State and Creighton are some of the other schools that offered." Kansas has been showing interest as well. Coy remarked that he visited Creighton unofficially and plans to take other unofficial trips to other schools later on.

Coy is part of the AAU club KC Pump ‘n Run, but this is his first year playing for this team. "Last summer I played a lot of baseball, so I didn't go to AAU tournaments. But right now I'm more dedicated to play basketball…I don't know if I wanna play baseball in college."

Coy had a late growth spurt, which meant that he played many years at a height that was 7-9 inches shorter than right now. Consequently, the point guard skills still stick with him to this day and are an integral part of his game. "I have good ball handling skills, but I do a good job posting up too," he said as he described his attributes. I know I'll probably won't play inside in college, so I'll play the two or the three. I do shoot the three a lot and get my teammates involved. My main focus is improving my post-defense." Coy added that Dirk Nowitzki is an NBA player he tries to pattern his game after.

Not only is Coy academically qualified, but he has grown up in quite the educational environment. "Pretty much all my family are teachers," he commented. "I haven't gotten a ‘B' since I was a little kid. They never let me slack off."

And just his like his family of educators, his suitors aren't likely to back off of him anytime soon. Will this lead to an early decision before the AAU tournament circuit starts in the spring? "My family and I have been talking about that," he replied. "We're really not sure what we're gonna do yet. We're probably gonna wait a little longer before I make a decision. I would kind of like to go and see more colleges."

Coy is academically qualified and plans to sign in the early 2008 signing period in November of this year.

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