Sun Devils have JC forward in their sights

Shortly after Brandon Dunson gave his verbal commitment to ASU, and knowing his new team was searching for a post player, the JC point guard suggested that the Sun Devil coaching staff take a look at his childhood friend Dwight McCombs. Consequently, the 6-8 240 Moraine Valley (IL) CC standout is now being looked at seriously by ASU. McCombs talked to Devils Digest about his recruitment.

Dwight McCombs signed with Miami (Ohio) out of Chicago's Whitney Young high school. Frustrated by his 7.3 minutes per game as a freshman with the Red Hawks, he sat out and redshirted his sophomore year. He transferred to Moraine Valley and that move has been extremely beneficial, to say the least.

As a sophomore, the forward averaged 22.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 5.1 block shots per game, while shooting 69.9% from the field and 60.8% from the charity stripe. Despite a subpar season by the Cyclones, who finished 16-17 overall and 5-9 in Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference play, McCombs was named to the All-Region IV, All-Region IV tournament and All-Conference first teams.

Arizona State Assistant Coach Scott Pera visited McCombs on Monday, and the forward indicated that he's feeling a strong vibe from the maroon and gold.

"I really like Coach Pera," said McCombs. "He had a lot of good things to say. I like their style of play because they always look to push the ball when they can. Coming from Chicago that's all we do – run ‘n gun. The players there look like they're having fun playing that style and that's important.

"Coach Pera sees me and Jeff Pendergraph as the same player, and says we both play the same style. We can both run the floor, playing facing the basket or posting up."

McCombs shined in the 2009-10 campaign, ranking first in NJCAA Division II in blocked shots, third in field goal percentage and rebounds, and 11th for scoring.

"Growing up I was always a back to the basket player and that's what I'm really strong at," said McCombs concerning his skills. "But I also learned to work on my face up and mid-range jump shot which made my game stronger. I still could improve on all areas of my game."

The forward has attracted a slew of offers from schools such as Minnesota, Arkansas, Murray State, Penn State, Missouri, and UTEP . Several mid and low-major programs offered him as well. Aside from Murray State who he already visited, he has also tripped to Cal-State Northridge and UC Riverside. He did however indicate that those last two schools were no longer in the recruiting picture.

Prior to the Sun Devils pursuing him, McCombs was slated to visit both Minnesota and Arkansas. During our conversation he indicated that he will now visit just one of schools.

"Arizona State's head coach is supposed to visit me next week and I could get an offer then," stated McCombs. "If not, I'll probably get an offer on my visit. Brandon Dunson is going to visit them on April 16th so I'm planning to visit there on the same weekend."

One way or another, the Moraine Valley forward is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I have two official visits left and I want to take both of them so I can see what is really the best situation for me," explained McCombs. "I have to make sure I make the best decision for me."

McCombs admitted that Dunson has been trying to convince him to join ranks in Tempe and that this is an aspect that is appealing to him and could ultimately influence his decision.

"I know Brandon from playing each other in high school and in the AAU circuit in Illinois," commented McCombs. "It's always great when you can go to a program where you already know somebody. That just makes you feel comfortable on your new team right away.

"Every school I'm looking at I want to know that I can feel comfortable there, playing right away and contribute. You obviously have to feel comfortable around the guys because that's who you're gonna be around the whole time when you're there."

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