Chris Low Verbals To Sun Devils

On the heels of elite recruit Keith Wooden's verbal commitment a little over a week ago, the Arizona State basketball staff received further great news Tuesday evening with the addition of a third verbal pledge in the 2003 class. Chris Low, a 6'9" versatile forward from Gorman, Texas committed to the Sun Devils after a series of phone calls with Assistant Coach Russ Pennell.

"I talked to Coach Pennell. He was the one recruiting me. I had narrowed it down in the last couple of days to TCU and Arizona State. It was kind of a dilemma of staying close to home or going far away. In the end I just gave it a real hard look, and I just thought Arizona State really had the all-around everything that I wanted. I made it (the decision) in the last couple of hours, so I talked to him and made my decision and then talked to him again."

While the All-State Texas 3A player is thrilled to have the recruiting process out of the way, he's eager to spend the next year getting prepared for college basketball. "As far as my game goes I'll probably just lift a lot of weights, stay in the weight room mainly, work on a lot of weak things like dribbling, shooting a whole bunch, working on my post moves, but probably the main thing is just being in the weight room."

Low realizes that the only primary post players on the squad after the upcoming season will be Ike Diogu and Allen Morill and that was something that played a big part in the decision process. "All the schools that are recruiting me are kind of light at the 4 position and I guess they wouldn't be recruiting me if they weren't but I thought at Arizona State there were a lot of minutes there, and also a lot of minutes on a good team."

The commitment of Keith Wooden is something that Low considered, but any concerns were put to rest upon meeting Wooden on their official visit. "I can see how me and him could play together on the floor at the same time and from that standpoint, I just kind of liked him, the guy is really cool. I talked to him and he plays the same position and we talked with Coach Pennell about how we can co-exist on the court and I think that's the truth."

Another thing that Low considered is having the opportunity to again play with Ike Diogu, his host for the official visit and former teammate on the Texas Blue Chips AAU team in the summer of 2001. "I know Ike well, I played with him for Blue Chips (last summer). We went to 6 or 7 tournament together. We even roomed together a couple times."

The addition of Low, a 25 point, 15 rebound per game performer as a high school junior, will give the Sun Devils a third player from Texas on the roster, and further demonstrates that the Arizona State basketball staff is continuing to make great progress recruiting in the talent rich state. With an ACT score of 21, Low is also well on his way to being a full qualifier. "The only way I wouldn't be qualified is if I were to flunk everything, which just isn't going to happen."

You can expect to see Chris Low on the Arizona State campus next summer along with the rest of the team working hard in the off-season. He plans on taking at least one summer school session. "Now that they'll pay for it, that's a great thing and I'll probably try to get an English or Math (course) out of the way." And as for his major, Low's already well on his way to a decision. "Business, I'm not exactly sure what though."

With the addition of Chris Low, the Sun Devils have two more rides to give in what is shaping up to be an outstanding 2003 recruiting year. This coming weekend Tron Smith (who already verbaled to ASU), Ray Schafer and Marcus Dove will be in Tempe on official visits. Both Schafer and Dove are considered high priority recruits

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