Abbott Settles on the Hometown Sun Devils

Arizona State made a late push for Ty Abbott, and their efforts paid off. The guard, following a long weekend trip to both Washington schools, decided to pledge to the maroon and gold.

"I called all the coaches a couple of hours ago," said the 6-3 185 Ty Abbott late Tuesday evening. "It just came down to playing here in front of my mom and friends…the trip to the Washington schools made the decision a lot tougher. All schools were even for me, but in the end the ability to play at home made me want to play at ASU."

Abbott committed to New Mexico in September of last year and signed with the Lobos in November. He requested a release from his LOI when Lobos' Head Coach Ritchie McKay was fired, and was granted that request last month.

Once ASU forward Sylvester Seay decided to leave the Sun Devils, Coach Herb Sendek and his staff were entertaining the idea of recruiting the pure shooting Abbott, who should fit quite nicely in the team's scheme. "The coaches see me coming in and making an early impact and that's all I want to do," Abbott explained. "This team is heading in the right direction and I want to be part of it." He added that it was big relief to get this recruiting process behind him for the second time.

Abbott said that he expects to get the LOI paperwork on Wednesday mailed to him from assistant coach Dedrique Taylor, who recruited him on behalf of the Sun Devils. When he does receive those materials he plans to sign them immediately to make his commitment to ASU an official one.

The guard paced Phoenix's Desert Vista in scoring with 17.3 ppg and shot 63% from the field and 50% from three-point range. He was second on the team in rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. The Thunder finished 29-2 in the 2006-07 campaign and lost to 5A finalist St. Mary's in the state playoffs.

Abbott becomes the fifth member of ASU's 2007 recruiting class, which prior to his commitment was ranked 15th in the nation by

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