Stover Begins Official Visit Circuit at ASU

It wasn't the first time that Anthony Stover visited Tempe, but that still didn't diminish the positive impressions the 2009 center had of his trip to Sun Devil country. Stover talked to Devils Digest about his first of four official visits this fall.

"On this trip I was spending more time with the team and I really got to know the players," said Stover. "I met more people this time, like (Arizona State President) Dr. Crow. It was fun hanging out with so many people there…I also got see more of the campus this year and it was real nice."

Stover indicated that he would to be a business major, and was impressed with what ASU had to offer in that department. "Arizona State has a great business school," he noted. "I think I would like that school right off the bat as a freshman. The Athletic Department is very high on academics and they want to make sure that you succeed and get your degree"

The 6-10 207 four-star 2009 prospect is ranked as the nation's 11th best center by Scout.com. During the summer Stover played on one of the elite AAU clubs in California – Double Pump Elite. He'll be the first one to admit that his defense is still quite ahead of his offense, but nonetheless he feels that in the last couple of months he has made significant strides in the later aspect of his game.

"I worked a lot on my offensive game this summer and I think I improved a lot," Stover remarked. "My summer was better than my spring and better than last summer. I'm still a stronger defensive player, but on offense I can post up or play facing the basket shooting a 12-footer. I've been really working on doing different things as a player. Not really changing my game, but being more versatile."

Stover's top four schools also include Arizona, UCLA and Creighton. His visit to Creighton will take place this weekend, and he will venture to Tucson the following weekend. UCLA will be his last stop on the official visit docket on weekend of Oct. 3rd.

"I'm just looking at these four schools and I won't make a decision before I take all my visits," said Stover who added that his has no favorites at this point. "I'm not planning on taking any other visits and will make a decision towards the end of October…I'm anxious to pick a school, but I also know that I have to look at all my options before deciding."

Stover has repeatedly indicated his desire to make an immediate impact on the college team of his choice, and in that sense the Sun Devils do present an attractive choice.

"Arizona State said that coming in as a freshman I'm gonna play an important role because they need me," he said. "They said I can do a lot for them and replace Jeff Pendergraph."

Stover plays at La Canada (Calif.) Renaissance Academy in Southern California, and averaged 12 ppg, 12 rpg and 9 bpg as a junior.


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