Hornbuckle considering the Sun Devils

In 2008 when ASU was pursuing Keegan Hornbuckle, the North Hollywood forward knew it would be a desirable program to join. He ultimately got caught up in the numbers game and committed to Colorado. After one year with the Buffalos he felt the need to play closer to home and thus the Sun Devils have re-entered the race for his services. We caught up with Hornbuckle following his visit to Tempe.

The 6-7 205 Keegan Hornbuckle played 24 out of 31 games for Colorado last season due to an AC joint injury. He averaged 11.4 minutes and 2.4 points per contest. When former Colorado head basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik left Boulder to assume the same position at Wake Forest the forward felt that the time was right to transfer to a program closer to his Southern California home.

"I wanted to go to a place where the coaches knew me," Hornbuckle said. "Before I got injured I played about 15 minutes a game and after my injury my minutes went down a lot. I feel like I'm fully healed but I'm actually going to see the doctor tomorrow (Friday) to check it out.

"I feel that I became a lot more mature after playing one year there, and got better because I was playing against very good players all year. There were some players who I really tried to look up to and that has helped my game and also the way I am off the court."

Arizona State, along with Arizona and Santa Clara all offered the forward while he was still playing at Campbell Hall high school. He pledged to Colorado prior to his senior season, and at the time was seriously considering calling Tempe home.

"I was planning to go visit Arizona State," Hornbuckle recalled, "and then they had two players commit to them and they were out of scholarships for that year. They still wanted me to visit and check it out, but my dad said I should not go there because I was probably going to end up liking it but I wouldn't be able to sign over there."

Now that he tripped to the Sun Devils, his intuition from a couple of years ago did materialize.

"The visit went really well," Hornbuckle stated. "They showed me around campus and I liked it a lot. This was actually my first time visiting Arizona State and I was just blown away by the Weatherup Center. They have everything a basketball player would want. Coming from Colorado I have never seen anything like that. It was awesome.

"I really liked the whole approach the coaches and the players had towards the program. They are very professional and take it very seriously. The way the whole presentation was laid out was put together very well. That really blew me away too."

Along with ASU Hornbuckle is planning to visit Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara and the forward currently is considering only these programs.

"All three schools are even right now," Hornbuckle commented, "I'm going to visit Loyola on Monday and UCSB on the 18th. Then I will go over all the options I have, talk more to the schools' coaches and my family before I make my decision. I'm guessing that by late next week I should have a decision.

"Growing up the Pac-10 is a conference I always wanted to play in, and especially coming from the Big 12 you want to keep on playing on that level. It would be more competitive."

Two years may have passed by, however ASU's aspirations to bring Hornbuckle into the fold haven't changed and it is a notion that is hard for the former Colorado player to ignore.

"Talking to them they told me I would be a great fit for the offense," Hornbuckle commented. "They said that they felt that way about me coming out of high school and feel even stronger about that right now. They told me that they really needed a player like me on the team.

"The coaches like my ability to move without the ball and being able to play guard at my size. I'm more of a spot up shooter, but I also feel comfortable coming off screens and playing in a scheme where there is a lot of motion."


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