Creekmur pledges to Sun Devils

Chanse Creekmur has had his fair share of options in terms of quality recruiting suitors. Nonetheless, Arizona State seemed to be his favorite ever since he decommitted from Santa Clara and re-opened his recruitment. This past weekend he decided to verbal to the maroon and gold. We talked to Creekmur's AAU coach, Marquis Watts, about his player's decision.

"Chanse just felt very comfortable with Coach Taylor and Coach Sendek," said Watts. "The style that they play, the fact that he feel he can come in and contribute and play to his strengths, going to a school with a great environment all played a part.

"In the end Chanse knew that this was the right place for him."

The 6-7 180 Creekmur teamed up at his AAU club, Net Gain, with current Arizona State freshman Trent Lockett. Needless to say that the relationship between both players was a significant factor in Creekmur's decision.

"Having Trent there wouldn't make it a big deal for Chanse being away from home," explained Watts. "He knows he can help him out and it just makes it a good fit for Chanse. He also liked the team chemistry and felt that it was a big asset."

The forward was scheduled to visit South Florida a couple weeks ago and make his decision only after that visit. Weather conditions and scheduling conflicts prevented that visit from taking place.

"South Florida is one school that came in late in the process," commented Watts, "Arizona State has been recruiting Chanse for that last two years. At the end of the day, that was huge.

"He went to a place where he knew he was wanted and that he felt comfortable with."

Minnesota also offered Creekmur, and UCLA was trying to schedule an official visit with the forward in recent weeks, Marquette was also in the mix.

"It shows you how far ASU has come when it's beating schools from the Big East and the Big Ten for players," said Watts.

The forward from Marshalltown, Iowa who visited ASU three weeks ago, is currently averaging 20.1 points per game and recently Marshalltown's all-time leading scorer.

Watts indicated that Creekmur is planning to call all his suitors to inform them that he has ended his recruitment. The forward, just like Lockett did last year, is planning to arrive in Tempe as early as he can to attend both summer sessions and hopefully have that benefit him as much as it did Lockett.

"Tonight he was having a Super Bowl/ASU commitment party. He took his time with his decision and made the best decision for him and sign the first day he can in April."


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