Coy ‘Blown Away' by Official Visit

When he verbally committed to the Sun Devils in the spring, Benton (Missouri) star Johnny Coy was already sold on ASU. Sure, some doubts crept in later about venturing away from home for college, but even before he visited Tempe this past weekend he already re-affirmed his commitment. Following his official trip his impressions of the maroon and gold became more favorable than ever before.

"The visit was awesome, way better than I expected," said Johnny Coy. "It was a lot of fun. I had the perfect host in Eric Boateng. All the guys are great and acted like I do…everything was just perfect. The way I got along with the players was the thing I was the most impressed with. I couldn't ask for more."

One of the last events during his visit was being on the field and in the stands for ASU's 44-32 comeback win over Oregon State on Saturday night. "The football game was incredible," he commented. "To be down by so many points (19) and still win the game was great. The student section was great and they were calling out my name. I was wearing my Herbivore shirt with pride."

Coy noted that he got to see more parts of the ASU campus than previous times, and when he did travel away from campus, he enjoyed the fine cuisine the Valley of the Sun had to offer. "I went to Don and Charlie's the first night and that place was amazing. All the baseball memorabilia there was incredible," said Coy who's an avid New York Yankees fan. "There were so many signed balls and bats. All the big time players in every sport had signed memorabilia. I've never seen so much memorabilia in my life."

"The second night we went to Dave and Buster's in Tempe. It's a new restaurant and was a lot of fun. We went to some other restaurants, which I can't remember the names of. But it was all lots of fun."

The Sun Devil nation was quite nervous several weeks back where Coy was quoted on a Missouri fan website, as having second thoughts about playing his college ball at ASU, and consequently considering hometown University of Missouri.

"There were some second thoughts about being closer to home," he admitted. "But that was just a small, short thing, that didn't mean anything. I think it's natural to be nervous playing away from home, knowing that your family won't be able to be there every game. Almost all the players on the team are from far away so I'm sure they were nervous at one time too…but that's behind me and I'm real excited to come to play here."

In a few weeks, Coy will gear up with the rest of his Benton teammates for what should be a very successful senior campaign. The high school, located in St. Joseph, made it to the state's quarterfinals last season before losing a close game to the eventual Missouri state champion. "We lost two seniors, but we also have three starters back," said Coy. "We have some young guys; one of them is my little cousin, who I think will all step up this year." Benton finished 26-6 last season, while Coy averaged 27.5 ppg, 10 rpg, and 5 apg.

Coy really shined during the various AAU tournaments in July, while playing for the KC Pump ‘n Run club. The forward remarked that he improved all aspects of his game during that month, due to the fact that he was playing against higher level competition. Nonetheless, there was one area in particular that he felt he made the most strides. "I did a good job adapting to playing with new people," he stated. "When you play with new players you have to pick up tendencies and know how to read other players. That's very important because that's what I'll be doing at Arizona State, and I'll need to adapt quickly to my new teammates."

The forward added that he loves to get his teammates involved when he's on the floor, and that trait is something that the Sun Devil coaches certainly find appealing in his game, aside from his obvious playmaking and scoring abilities.

Aside from being the proverbial gym rat, constantly honing his skills, Coy has also been busy putting on some weight. "I'm up to 190 right now" he said, "and when I get to Arizona State I should be like 200, 205. The coaches aren't too worried about my weight right now."

Not only is Coy a big follower of baseball, but he's also a talented player who helped Benton capture the state championship last season. "I'm still gonna play my senior year, especially because we have a chance to repeat," he stated. "It's probably gonna be my last year playing the game, because I can't see myself playing baseball at Arizona State." Coy reported a batting average over .450 and nine home runs last season.

Coy doesn't plan much pomp and circumstance for Letter of Intent signing day on November 14th. "I'm not gonna have a press conference or anything like that," he said. "I'll just fax my letter that day and get it over with."

The forward's pragmatic approach towards his signing with the maroon and gold is in sharp contrast to his great excitement of joining the team for the 2008-09 season. "I'm really looking forward to learning so much from Coach Sendek," said Coy. "He's the smartest guy I ever talked to in my life. Being able to learn from him and grow with the program is something I just can't wait to do." Suffice to say that the maroon and gold faithful feel just the same, as they eagerly wait the arrival of Coy in Tempe in 2008.

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