Devils Deliver a Father's Day Offer

For the last 12 months the Sun Devils have been in heavy pursuit after Buffalo power forward Will Regan. Last Sunday those efforts reached a peak as the maroon and gold offered the 2010 prospect, who already ventured to Tempe last year. Regan talked to Devils Digest about his recruitment with ASU and how they fair compared to his other suitors.

"Coach Phelps was recruiting me since last summer and that's when I visited Arizona State," said the 6-8 215 Regan. "The campus was beautiful and I just remember all the palm trees there. It's not a since as Buffalo, but I think I would survive there (smile)."

Regan noted that Phelps made the trip to Buffalo in December to watch him play. After Coach Phelps left ASU for a head coaching job at Drake University, Coach Taylor was in charge of his recruiting, and the offer was ultimately extended by the Sun Devils' head coach.

"Coach Sendek offered me the scholarship on Father's Day – he talked to me and my dad that day," said Regan. "I wasn't surprised that Arizona State offered me because there were always in contact with me. There was just that one month when Coach Phelps left ASU that I didn't hear from them, and maybe there was some uncertainty there, but obviously now they showed that they're still interested in me."

The time difference between New York and Arizona has naturally made it challenging for Regan to follow the maroon and gold on T.V., but he made an effort to watch some of ASU's games and their style of play appeals to him. "I thought that they should have made the tournament. They play up tempo basketball and that suits me because I can run the floor too," Regan stated. "What he coaches want from me is to be that hard working player on both ends of the floor like Tyler Hansbrough. Depending on the match up I could post up or go outside and shoot the three. I'm the type of player that plays hard and does all the little things the team needs me to do."

As a sophomore Will Regan averaged 19 ppg and 14.5 rpg for Nichols High School, and was voted first team All-League and All-Area. The Vikings were 22-3 in the 2007-08 season and lost in the post-season finals. He lists his shooting and athleticism as his strong suits, and points out versatility and ball handling as areas he would like to improve on.

Prior to Arizona State, Maryland, Penn State, Fordham and Buffalo offered scholarships. "I just came back today from Duke, so they've been recruiting me some," he noted. "Schools like Michigan, Stanford and Virginia Tech are recruiting me pretty hard, so they might offer me a scholarship."

Regan said that his top three schools in no particular order were: "Maryland, Arizona State and Stanford…if I had a top five Michigan and Duke would be in it." Success on the court and in the classroom is the most significant factor that will guide Regan when he will verbally commits. "Where I can get a better education and play for a good program, that's where I'll go," he explained. "It doesn't matter if it's close to home or not. But to be honest I haven't thought that far ahead."

As a 2010 prospect the earliest Regan can sign is in November of next year, and consequently he's not looking to make a pledge in the near future. "For me I really need to wait and see who my teammates are gonna be, because it is so far off and just like Coach Phelps, you just don't know who's still gonna be on the team and who will leave," he explained. "You just don't know what's gonna happen down the road. I'm probably gonna make a decision early in my senior year (Fall 2009)"

The power forward will play for the Albany City Rocks AAU club this summer, and will participate in the Peach Jam and AAU Nationals tournaments among others.

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