Dufault Likes Small Town Feel of Tempe

Coming from Killdeer, North Dakota, a town of 700 people, it would be natural for Austin Dufault to feel overwhelmed at one of the largest universities in the nation. Nonetheless, one of the main reasons the forward enjoyed his trip to ASU over the weekend was the close-knit setup of the Tempe campus. Devils Digest caught up with the Sun Devils' highly coveted recruit following his visit.

"It went really good," said the 6-8 205 Austin Dufault. "There were a lot of things packed into two days. I was spent there for a little while taking it all in. But it went really well, the coaches and the players were great, and there's really not much else I could ask for."

As mentioned, the natural apprehension of being faced with a mammoth and grossly spread out campus was quickly put to rest after he spent just a few hours in Tempe. "I get there, and even though it's a large city, the campus is like what you would find in a small town because everything is really close," Dufault remarked. "Everybody is walking around with Sun Devil stuff on and being very supportive of the teams, and everybody is so friendly there. That was definitely something I really didn't expect."

Dufault arrived in the Valley of Sun on Saturday afternoon, and met with ASU President Dr. Michael Crow and Vice President of Athletics Lisa Love, prior to the Sun Devils' football game against San Jose State. "The football game was awesome," he stated. "I got to go down on the field before the game and walk around, I got to stand by the tunnel when the team ran out to the field and that was a lot of fun. I got to sit next to the student section with all the basketball players – the students that saw me all said I should come to Arizona State and that this is the place to be (smile)."

Jamelle McMillan hosted the North Dakota forward, and Dufault thoroughly enjoyed his company. "He's very knowledgeable, smart kid and he's only a freshman there," he commented. "He was very nice and took me all around campus. All the players I met were really nice and down to earth. That was the thing that impressed me the most, because if you're gonna go to college for four years it's important that you get along with the players." The forward was also appreciative with the presentation by the academic support staff at ASU, and got an idea what classes he would be taking if he did enroll at ASU.

At one point during the visit, Dufault said that he sat down with the ASU coaches who showed him through previous game tapes, how he would fit in the Sun Devil offense. "I was there for about two hours and they showed me tape of players that played here in the past and envisioned me playing those positions," he said. "I could see how in this system you can play a lot of different positions and I really liked that. The more positions you can play, the more playing time you'll get. There are no barriers – two, three people playing the same position can be on the floor at the same time."

Dufault mentioned that he's scheduled for an official visit at North Dakota State University in Fargo this coming weekend, and that he plans to take at least one more official visit beyond that prior to his commitment. "It's gonna be between Washington State, Creighton, Minnesota and Colorado for my third visit," he noted. "I'm just gonna take one visit at a time and if I feel that I need to take another one I will. I don't see myself making a decision before I take three official visits." The forward added that he will have an in-home visit with ASU on September 10th.

While he admitted that his parents are a bit concerned about him playing away from home, because they won't get to see him play as often, they all realize that the travel times will exist no matter where he goes to school. "If I go to school in Fargo, my parents will drive five hours and if I go to school in Tempe they will fly four hours," said Dufault. "Either way – they're traveling for a few hours to see me play."

With a 26 score on his ACT and a 3.8 GPA Dufault is academically qualified. The forward stated that he does plan to sign in the early signing period for the 2008 recruiting class in November.

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