2009 Center Visits Sun Devils

Landing a center is a high priority in ASU's recruiting efforts of the 2009 class. Last weekend, the process began when Anthony Stover, one of the top big men prospects in the West Coast, unofficially visited Tempe. Devils Digest sat down with the center to discuss his trip and his recruitment in general with the maroon and gold.

"I had a really good time," said Stover of his visit. "I love Coach Sendek and Arizona State is a real cool place and they have a good team. I loved the campus, and the atmosphere at the football game was great. I think when you leave the stadium and go down to the arena you'll see a very good team too."

Another event that took place during the center's visit, was attending one of the first Sun Devil practices of the new season. Naturally, there was one thing that really stood out in Stover's eyes. ‘They got the ball down low to the big man a lot," he said laughing. "I like that. They practiced real hard and there was a lot of teaching." Stover added that he was hosted by ASU center Eric Boateng and guard James Harden.

The Sun Devils have been pursuing the center since the spring. He's been recruited by ASU Assistant Coach Scott Pera who has deep roots in the Southern California prep scene, through his tenure at Lakewood Artesia high school where he coached up until two years ago.

"Arizona State is probably my #1 school right now," Stover remarked. "I just like everything about the school. But I'm wide open to other schools too. I visited (unofficially) San Diego, Pacific, and Pepperdine. I'm planning to visit Santa Clara and Cal this year. My AAU coach Robert Icart is the one that sets up visits for me, so I'm not sure where else I'll be going."

Pepperdine and Washington State are the only schools that have offered Stover. The center is in no hurry to commit and plans to take more unofficial visits, and in a little less than a year from now begin his official visit circuit. "I'm not gonna make a decision before I take some officials," he claimed. "I'm not gonna commit before October/November of next year."

Anthony Stover, a 6-10 207 junior from La Canada (Calif.) Renaissance Academy, is touted as an excellent shot blocker and also a very good passer. "I have plenty of moves, but I need to do a better job scoring," he said of his skills. "I'm a better defender, and I average 8 to 9 blocked shots a game." Stover also reported sophomore stats of 8 ppg and 11 rpg.

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