ASU Visit Leaves Strong Impression with Coy

The 48-47 loss to Washington State was certainly a low point for the ASU basketball team this past weekend. Yet, the Sun Devils may have possibly scored with an elite 2008 recruit. The 6-7 195 Johnny Coy visited Tempe unofficially, and talked to Devils Digest following his trip.

"I was there for barely 24 hours, but it was great," said Johnny Coy who only arrived in the Valley of the Sun on Saturday morning. "I met a lot of people, like Athletic Director Lisa Love, the academic coach, the strength coach, a professor from the Barrett Honors College…I wasn't surprised by anything I saw because I pretty much expected everything to be top of the line. I didn't expect the weather to be that warm, but it was very nice. Very different from what we have here – it's just crazy…" Coy was accompanied on the trip by his two sisters, his brother and his dad.

While the team and its fans were disappointed by the slim loss and the buzzer beater that rimmed out, the Benton (Missouri) High School star was impressed by the display that Arizona State put on against a Cougars team who is also recruiting him. "They kept Washington State scoreless for nine minutes…when that last shot went in I for sure thought it was going in," he remarked. "It was weird being at that game because when I walked into the arena I bumped into all these Washington State coaches that have been recruiting me. But Coach Sendek and Coach Phelps are just top of the line guys, and they know what they're doing in terms of recruiting. They don't come better than these two guys. They're really committed to me and made it clear that I'm the main guy for them right now." Coy added that he also visited with Taylor Rhode, ASU's 2008 recruiting class commit who was also at the game.

Coy may have left Tempe without committing, but with a clear leader for his services. "Arizona State is definitely in the lead," he commented. "It's kinda hard to say no to something like that. Coach Sendek is gonna turn this thing around and all the fans know it too. They're gonna be better next year, and even better the year after. So if I come then (i.e. 2008-9 season) ASU will already have a great team in place." The only school the forward is thinking of aside from ASU is Creighton, but he admitted that "It's hard to compare both schools. Going away from home isn't a big deal for me. My family was with me and they were loving the coaches and everything else about ASU. They all want me to go there."

A decision for Coy may not be imminent, but is likely to come sooner rather than later. "It might happen before the end of the month," he noted. "That's definitely a possibility. I can't see myself going anywhere else right now. Even if there's a bigger school ranked higher than ASU right now, that doesn't even matter to me because I know where Arizona State is headed and they're headed in the right direction."

"You won't find a nicer guy than Eric Boateng," Coy continued. "He and the rest of the players are awesome and made me feel right at home. I was totally comfortable with the players from the minute I got there."

As if the Sun Devils needed another reason to heavily recruit Coy, the forward dropped 33 points in Benton's game on Friday, the night before he flew to Tempe. "I came out two minutes into the third quarter and I sat out the rest of the game," he said. "Right now we're 16-3 and we won 12 in a row. I'm right averaging 27.5 points a game, 12 rebounds a game, and seven blocks a game." Coy was voted All-Conference and All-District following his sophomore year. In that season he averaged approximately 16 ppg, 9 rbg and 5 apg and got considerable playing time despite having nine seniors on the team.

Coy is part of the AAU club KC Pump ‘n Run, but this is his first year playing for this team. He's academically qualified, and plans to sign in the early 2008 signing period in November of this year.

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