Trio of Hoops Recruit Pay a Visit To ASU

Local basketball standout Brett Collins, along with two other blue chippers, Mitch Platt and Lorenzo Wade visited Tempe last weekend. Devils Digest talked to the three, and got their impressions of Sun Devil land.

The Sun Devils have always put a premium on taking care of business, when it comes to recruiting in their back yard. Therefore, they have been actively pursuing one of the best players in the Metro Phoenix area – 6-7 Small Forward Brett Collins. The Mountain Pointe HS standout was enjoying his official visit, at a campus which is merely 15 minutes from his house. "This official visit is different because I'm still home, so it's kinda weird that I'm on an official visit so close to home. But it's going good. I'm having a good time." Playing away from home won't be a major factor in where he decides to play. "I'm not worried about distance or anything like that. I'm basically weighing everything about the schools." Collins visited Kent State already, and when asked to compare it to his ASU visit he said: "Kent State was pretty much the same kind of visit. It's just different surrounding and players. "

The Small Forward will visit Utah this weekend, and St. Mary's the following week. However, contrary to other reports Stanford isn't a school he will consider: "Stanford is still calling, but they have four guys in my position, so I'm not putting a whole lot into that. I'm just gonna stick with these four schools."

When asked to describe his game, he replied: "I need to work on my athleticism and quickness, but I can shoot pretty well and take it to the hole. I could also use some work on my mid-range game." When it comes to choosing his school of choice, Collins said he will consider how the official visit goes, as well as: "How I like the players, style of play, and coaches." Landing a player so high on ASU's wish list would be another jewel in the crown, to what has been a successful recruiting season thus far for Coach Rob Evans' team.

It has been well documented that big men are a primary recruiting target for ASU. Thus, recruiting 6-9 Power Forward Mitch Platt should come as no surprise. The Henderson, Nevada player was enjoying the visit to the Tempe campus. "The visit is going well. It's a nice campus…nice people. I got to meet with some academic advisors, and just hang out the players just like I would be if I was coming here." We talked to Platt while he was viewing the current Sun Devil players playing a pick-up game. He was impressed by what he saw. "You can tell that this a good Basketball team. They worked hard in the summer, and they play hard. Ike (Diogu) really impressed me for being a freshman. Maybe he's a guy I'd like to play with. But this is my first visit, and I still have four more to go."

The Power Forward will visit Texas Tech on 9/13, Oregon on 9/20, San Diego State on 9/27, and Utah on 10/11. He describes his game as follows: "Like everyone I could use improvement on everything. I like to catch in the high post and pass, and I can turn around, face up and shoot. But like I said I need to work on everything, especially posting up with my back to the basket." When it comes down to choosing a school, it will all depend on his level of comfort with his new team. "It will come down to how I fit with the guys, what's my relationship with the coach, where I'll be living on campus...I just need to surround myself with good people."

6-5 Shooting Guard Lorenzo Wade was also in Sun Devil land this past weekend, and just like Platt he also hails from the Las Vegas area. Wade had a good time in his Tempe visit. "The visit is going well. I like the campus. I like the people." This official visit was his first one. "I got Tennessee on the 20th, and I'm gonna schedule one to Maryland." By his choice of schools, distance is hardly a factor. "ASU is close to home, even though location isn't a big deal. This was the only school in the West Coast that I was interested in, so I had to give it a shot."

Wade is humble about his skills, not listing any strengths: "From my point of view I need to work on everything. You can always use some improvement." He knows of Tron Smith, ASU's first verbal so far, and he does see it as a positive sign: "That's a good thing that he committed, and that can only help the situation." The Shooting Guard expects to make a decision close to the November signing day.

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