Time Still on Elliott's Side

As important as this month's evaluation period is for the 2009 basketball prospects, even lack of scholarship offers doesn't necessarily spell gloom and doom. Devonte Elliott is still seeking his first offer, and the fact that he plans to sign only in April allows the power forward to showcase to schools his improving play.

"Arizona State coaches have been to my games this month," said 6-9 195 Devonte Elliott who's being recruited by Sun Devils Assistant Coach Scott Pera. "I really like how they play at a high energy level on both offense and defense and I like that a lot. It's a good program and they're getting a new basketball facility."

Elliott indicated that his recruitment with the maroon and gold just started in July. He has received a verbal offer from George Washington and lists Gonzaga, Washington, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine (the only school he has visited unofficially), and Michigan as schools that have been showing interest as of late.

"I'm planning to visit George Washington unofficially in August," he said. "I'd like to visit Washington as well."

Scout.com's West Coast Recruiting Analyst Greg Hicks noted the vast improvement Elliott has shown from spring to summer. Hicks noted the versatile offensive game of Elliot who has developed a good 18-foot jumper, as well as the ability to attack the basket. Elliott, who plays for Paramount (Calif.) High School reported that he averaged 9 ppg and 8 rpg as a junior.

"I'm an athletic player that can get up and down the floor pretty well," said Elliott of his skills. "I can get better with on the ball defense and I definitely need to get stronger." He added that he sees himself as a tweener forward that is probably more suited to play at power forward.

Elliott said he plans to "take advantage of the late signing period in April, so I can get more scholarship offers…I'm looking for a school that I can play at right away. I want to be comfortable with the team at the school I commit to, and play in a system where I can really run the floor."

"Arizona State said that they like me at power forward where I can face up and shoot from the perimeter, and if the other team puts a smaller guy on me I can post-up on them."

The power forward plays for the ICAN All Stars team that will play in the Reebok Summer Championships tournament in Las Vegas this week and following that tournament will travel to Gilbert to play next week in ASU's backyard at the Desert Duel Memorial tournament.

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