Unofficial Visit Leads Lockett to Commit

Perhaps the shopping spree at Sparky's Team shop was a sign that Trent Lockett's unofficial visit was going very well. While they're conflicting reports on the amount of Sun Devil merchandise that Lockett purchased, there's no denying that the Minnesota guard was sold on the maroon and gold. Just three days after his trip, the 2009 prospect decided to verbal to the Sun Devils.

"Everyone I met on the visit just had a real clear plan for the future for ASU," said the 6-5 195 Trent Lockett. "The Honors College program was real intriguing to me and that can definitely help me in the future, as well as the business school. Coach Sendek and the coaching staff really impressed me with their plans for ASU."

Lockett, who was recruited by ASU Associate Head Coach Mark Phelps, called the school with the news on Thursday morning. "Coach Sendek told me he had goose bumps when I told him I committed," Lockett recalled. "I don't know if they're surprised I committed so early but they were definitely happy I did."

As a 2009 prospect, who didn't even start his junior season yet, a player like Lockett committing over a year before signing day is quite rare. Naturally, that's a testament to the fine recruiting job by ASU, but was it a move that the guard anticipating making at this stage of his recruitment?

"Coming into the recruiting process, my plan was when it feels right just do it," he replied. "Whether it was my junior, senior year…when I came back from ASU everything felt right. I asked myself if I found everything I'm looking for in a school, than what am I waiting for?"

Lockett stated that Iowa State, aside from ASU, was by far the biggest contender for his services. The guard also received scholarship offers also from Northern Iowa, Wisconsin Green Bay, Colorado State, Marquette and Wisconsin. While he vast majority of these programs are relatively close to his Minnetonka, Minn. home, he never allowed distance to dictate his recruiting preferences.

"I was always open to going away for college," he remarked. "ASU is far away from home but the plane right there is shorter or the same distance as a car right to any of the major colleges from my home. That's basically how I look at it."

Last weekend's visit wasn't the first one by Lockett to Tempe. He attended Herb Sendek's Skills Camp in late June, which gave him his first exposure to the ASU campus. "They have been in contact with me for a few months," he said. "In that camp we really started to get to know each other. I didn't get a great feel for the campus or the environment at ASU. But I did a feel for the coaching staff and their style and that intrigued me."

"Coach Sendek I feel is a very intellectual person and he definitely energetic the way he coaches and teaches his players. I got to see them practice on my visit and I enjoyed seeing how their offense worked together. He showed me clips from NC State, and you could tell the players play well in the game because of how they practice."

Lockett, who was a sixth man last season, helped lead the Royals of Hopkins HS to a 26-2 mark last year. He averaged 7.5 points per game last season and had six double-figure efforts, including 17 points against Minneapolis Roosevelt and Milwaukee Lutheran.

Hopkins won the Class AAAA (biggest schools) title in 2005 and 2006 and was the favorite to win it all last year before they were upset by cross-town rival Minnetonka 55-53 in the second round of the section playoffs. They had not been challenged during the regular season as their closest game against a Minnesota opponent was an 11-point win. Lockett will be counted on more heavily with the graduation of guards Blake Hoffarber (25.2 points per game), who is at Minnesota, and Tyler Nicolai (12.4).

"I have a great mid-range game and I'm working on my ball handling skills and shooting beyond the arc," Lockett said of his skills. "I could work more on my defense too."

Marquise Watts, director of Lockett's AAU team NetGainSports told that he felt that his player does fit well skill wise with the Sun Devils. An injury prevented Lockett from being showcased in the major AAU tournament in Las Vegas, which didn't deter the ASU coaches at the least.

"Coach Sendek and Coach Phelps stuck with him and when school started they just kept coming back to see this guy a few hours, once a week," said Watts. "They offered and at the time Trent only had one high-major offer; that was Iowa State. Then he got Marquette and Wisconsin. From that point on, (Arizona State) laid everything out. There wasn't one question that was left unanswered."

"It was an unofficial visit but those guys made you feel like you were on an official," Watts continued. "The biggest thing besides the staff was the president and AD. They did a great job meeting with Trent and he loved the players."

Lockett is well on track to qualify with a 3.92 GPA in the classroom. The guard is No. 2 in his class at Hopkins and plans to take his ACT test later this month.

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