Four-Star Forward Enjoys ASU Visit

Rocklin (Calif.) standout Brendan Lane went on an unofficial trip to the Sun Devils this past weekend. Upon his return Devils Digest talked to 2009 blue chip prospect about his visit.

"It went well," he said. "I met with the University President, the Athletic Director, and professors from the Barrett Honors College. The campus was nice, I watched a few of the practices and the football game was amazing. Lots of people there."

Lane pointed out how unique the Arizona State practices were. "It was a lot different from anything I saw," he commented. "They would do some in-bounds drills, then they had them lift in the middle of practice…it was very interesting and I've never seen that before."

As a 4.0 GPA Student Lane isn't only interested in a quality basketball program, but also a college that has fine academics. When asked what impressed him the most of his ASU visit, he replied: "The Barrett Honors College and the level of academics they have."

Brendan Lane is regarded as a player with nice hands and feet. At 6-8 190 he has a solid frame and is a good athlete. Lane has a nice feel for the game and plays with good energy. He's fairly athletic and a good shot-blocker. ranks him as the second best 2009 power forward on the west coast.

"My versatility is my strongest skill," he said, "because I can play inside and outside. Strength and rebounding are some stuff I still need to work on."

Lane has visited Cal unofficially, prior to his ASU trip. He plans to visit USC this weekend. The forward has no scheduled visits beyond that, though Stanford and some other schools are likely to get visits in the future.

As many other top-tier recruits, Lane is in no hurry to pledge early and wants to check out all of his options. "I'm probably gonna cut my list of schools down after my basketball season and I'm thinking about committing sometime by the end of summer," he remarked. "Unless something happens I won't commit before August 2008."

ASU has offered Lane, who's being recruited by Sun Devil Assistant Coach Dedrique Taylor, a scholarship in the spring. The Rocklin product is considered their prime 2009 recruit and would fill the need for a post player, as well as round out a solid class for that year. "They're recruiting me pretty hard," Lane said of the Sun Devils. "Arizona State is probably one of the schools recruiting me the hardest."

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