Cain considering two

Ever since he de-committed from Rhode Island, Kyle Cain has been pursued by several schools. The 6-7 213 forward is looking to wrap up his recruitment in early June, and has narrowed down his list of favorites to two programs. Devils Digest caught up with the 2010 prospect to get his thoughts on his recruitment.

"West Virginia and Arizona State are the only two schools I'm looking at," Kyle Cain said. "I already visited West Virginia and I'm going to visit Arizona State on June 2nd. I really like both schools and it will be interesting to see what happens when I come back from that (ASU) visit.

"I'm going to make a decision right after I come back and weigh all my options. I felt that when I committed to Rhode Island I rushed that decision and I don't want to do that again. I'm going to take my time, but I also want to get my decision over as soon as possible after my (ASU) visit because any school I pick I know I have to get down there right away and get ready for the season."

Cain is being recruited by the Sun Devils' assistant coach Lamont Smith and the forward mentioned that ASU head coach Herb Sendek has been very involved as well in pursuing him.

"I like Arizona State because they have good weather and are in the Pac-10 conference," Cain stated. "I know James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph went there and now they're in the NBA.I heard that they have great facilities and a nice campus, so I'm looking forward to checking them out and seeing what kind I feel I get from the coaches and players and if it's a school that can fit me.

The Calumet City (Ill.) forward played in Chicago area high schools, Chicago Simeon and Thornton Fractional, and attended New Hampton Prep School in New Hampshire this past season.

"I'm a good rebounder, an athletic player, and I can score around the basket," Cain said of his skills. "I have improved my mid-range shot and I can take my player off the dribble. If I improve on those things and my ball handling I can be a complete ball player. I want to work hard on my game so I can create match-up problems for the players who defend me."

"The Arizona State coaches told me that if I work hard I can come in and play a lot of minutes as a freshman. They need some help at the four position and they said that I would help them there because my game is similar to Pendergraph's, but that I'm more polished than he was coming into the program."

Cain visited West Virginia a couple of weeks ago, and came away from Morgantown very impressed by the Mountaineer program.

"I had an awesome visit there," Cain described. "The players accepted me like I was already playing there. When I was done with my visit they all wanted me to already sign there. I like Coach Huggins because he's a proven coach and I know that when he retires he'll be a Mountaineer. They play in a good conference and I know that I can play right away there too."

Cain also paid a visit to his hometown school, the University of Illinois, and commented that he doesn't see the Illini as a viable suitor.

"I wouldn't say that they are totally out," Cain said of Illinois, "But it's going to come down to West Virginia and Arizona State because both of them have immediate playing time for me. I don't have that with Illinois."

Alabama, Oregon, Providence, Seton Hall, Kentucky and North Carolina have also been expressing some interest in Cain, yet the forward said: "It's going to come down to just those two, West Virginia and Arizona State…I don't have any other visits set up, but if I feel that I have to visit another school I will."

Cain added that distance from home won't play a factor in his decision, and that he will look closely at "the right fit" when deciding on which school to commit to.

"I want to go a school that the coaches can develop me and help me be a better player and get me to the next level," Cain remarked. "I also want to be on a team which has a family feel."


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