Stover Takes His Time as he Collects Offers

Going into the July AAU circuit Anthony Stover had already scholarships from four Pac-10 schools, Gonzaga and Connecticut. While the circuit went on a short hiatus, UCLA and ASU were the latest schools to throw their names into the recruiting sweepstakes. The center expects more big names to join the mix but he told Devils Digest that his decision is still several months away.

The 6-10 207 Stover unofficially visited Arizona State in the fall and was very impressed with his weekend in Tempe. "I got to tour the campus and see all the facilities," he recalled. "I loved watching Coach Sendek in practice. His photographic memory in practice was unbelievable. I loved being on the field for the football game…everything was just such a great experience."

Ever since his visit, Stover, who hails from La Canada, Calif., noted that he did follow the Sun Devils from the season opening Maui Invitational all the way through Pac-10 play. During those contests, the center could see himself fitting in nicely with the maroon and gold in the event that he did decide to sign with ASU.

"The way they play they really get Jeff (Pendergraph) involved a lot," said Stover, "and because he'll be gone by the time I get there I know I could get a lot of playing time and play in that role. I know they have great players who already committed in Jared Cunningham and Trent Lockett. I've seen them play and those are the type of players that can feed me the ball."

Stover added that he met Lockett once on his unofficial visit to ASU and again in the NBA Players AAU tournament a few weeks back. "He wasn't recruiting me that hard," the center said concerning Lockett's efforts to sell him on Arizona State.

The two latest offers are a validation for Anthony Stover and his fine play thus far in July. Stover participated in the Take Five, West Coast All-Star Camp, and Three Stripes AAU events.

"I've been more aggressive on both ends of the court, especially on offense attacking the basket more." He stated. "On defense I've been blocking more shots and my on-ball defense has improved." Stover estimated that he has averaged roughly 13 points and nine rebounds a game in the three aforementioned tournaments.

Even though the lion share of his offers are from the Pac-10, Stover doesn't see himself as a lock to play in that conference, but admitted that: "even though I'm open to anything, I really like to play close to home."

Stover believes that Kentucky and Texas stand to be the next two schools to offer him. He added that he does have a verbal offer from Arizona (given by head coach Lute Olson) and that just today he was fielding calls from the Wildcats' assistant coaches.

The center claims no favorites and said he planned to take more unofficial visits in August, and a month later begin his official visits. "Because I only have five official visits I don't know if I'm gonna (officially) visit UCLA because it's so close to home," he said. "Most likely Arizona State will get an official visit. I don't know where my other official visits will be, but I know I'm not gonna commit before I take all five of them. I'm looking to make a decision in November."

When the AAU circuit s Stover will play in the Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas and in the Best of Summer tournament in Los Angeles.

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