Felix favoring hometown school

When he attended local Goodyear Millennium high school, Carrick Felix was on the Sun Devils' radar. The wing player ultimately went the junior college route and attended Southern Idaho College. His fine with the Tigers netted him an offer with Duke, and a few weeks after signing with the Blue Devils he was granted his release. Back now on the recruiting market ASU has been a strong push for Felix.

"Everything is going extremely well with Arizona State," said the 6-6 195 Carrick Felix. "Coach Sendek and Coach Taylor are recruiting me and I get along very well with them. I like everything about their programs: their style of play, what they have done, what they are trying to accomplish…everything is looking good with them."

"I have to say that they are my number one school right now and may be the right situation for me to be in."

Playing for the Millennium Tigers, Felix was getting recruited by the likes of St. Mary's, and San Diego, and to a lesser extent by ASU. As senior he paced his squad with 19.7 ppg, 13.2 rpg and 3.1 bpg, and was integral in Millennium's 4A championship run in 2008.

Felix fell short of qualifying out of high school. He was advised to attend a prep school after his senior year, but since that would only delay him playing college basketball he decided against that move and opted to attend a junior college.

"It was a learning experience in my life," Felix recalled. "I realized that if I wanted to play college basketball I had to get better grades. I decided to go to Southern Idaho because it was the right situation for me. They didn't care about me just as a basketball player but also as a person and I liked that."

The beginning of Felix's tenure with the Eagles was forgettable as his broke his wrist and had to redshirt his first year in Twin Falls. Next season was an entire different story.

As a redshirt freshman the wing was one of the team's leading players on the 20-12 squad. He averaged 14.8 ppg (shooting 51 percent from the field) and 4.7 rpg.

His performance caught the attention of Duke and when Felix signed with the Blue Devils he became Coach Mike Krzyzewski's first junior college signee in his 31 years at the helm. However, due to academic issues Felix requested and was granted a release from his letter of intent.

Following that event, schools such as Butler, Villanova, Washington, Baylor, Washington State, St. Mary's, Alabama and Arkansas all came calling. The Sun Devils' recruiting efforts have paid off since they are the first school that will host Felix on a visit (which will take place this weekend) since being released from Duke.

"The ASU coaches said they like how athletic of a player I am," Felix said. "I can take it to the basket but also shoot the ball. They said I remind them of James Harden because I can do a lot of things on the floor and play both the 2 and the 3. I really can do a lot of different things on the floor.

"But I'm a very humble player and even though I hear what the coaches like about me I know I have to continue and work hard on all my skills."

While Felix had the desire to leave the Grand Canyon State to play for a junior college, he does realize how attractive it would be playing close to home with the maroon and gold.

Felix didn't rule out ending his recruitment this weekend and pledging to ASU, but also stressed that he could take more visits if he felt that a better situation for him does exist elsewhere.

"There are a lot of schools looking at me," Felix explained, "and I have a lot of opportunities out there. So I may go ahead and check them out and see what else is out there for me. I just want to go through the process and see what is the best situation for me.

"I know that if I play close to home I would be more comfortable, I'll be happier and my confidence level would be higher. I would love to play at home in front of my family and friends. In the end I'm going to make the best decision for me."

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