Cain makes quick decision, verbals to ASU

When Illinois forward Kyle Cain decided to leave the Rhode Island program, he vowed to be patient before he committed again to another school. Less than 24 hours after arriving back home from his ASU visit, Cain called Sun Devil coach Herb Sendek Saturday morning to inform that he decided to pledge to the maroon and gold.

"When I came home I just knew that this is where I wanted to go," said the 6-7 213 Kyle Cain. "I thought a lot about Arizona State when I flew back home and knew that this is where I probably wanted to go to. I didn't need a few days to make up my decision so I called Coach Sendek today and told him I'm coming to Arizona State.

"The biggest thing for me was the coaching staff. I really bonded with all of them during my visit, especially Coach Sendek. I really connected with him and I know he can make me a better player and help me improve. This program has done very well since he got there so you know he is a good coach that develops his players and helps them be the best they can be. I didn't want to miss out on that opportunity."

Cain played in Chicago area high schools, Chicago Simeon and Thornton Fractional, and attended New Hampton Prep School in New Hampshire this past season. He committed in October of last year to Rhode Island, and signed a letter of intent with the school. He asked for his release last month and since then was being courted among others by West Virginia who he visited three weeks ago, Illinois who he also visited, North Carolina and Alabama.

ASU's newest commit is considered a skillful power forward who plays well in the paint and is a solid rebounder. His athleticism can allow him to slide to the small forward role, although he would still need to develop the necessary skills to play at that position.

"I'm a good rebounder, an athletic player, and I can score around the basket," Cain said of his skills in a previous interview. "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 forward who was recruited by ASU assistant coach Lamont Smith, realized throughout the whole recruiting process how coveted he was as he could fill the void at the power forward position, following the transfers of Taylor Rohde and Victor Rudd who would probably assume that role this coming season.

"Coach Sendek has been telling me the whole time that not only did he want me, but he also needed me," Cain explained. "He told me that he was going to work with me more than any other coach to help me achieve my goals."

Incoming junior college transfer Brandon Dunson is friendly with Cain, yet the forward claimed that his decision to commit was not influenced by his fellow 2010 class member.

"Don't get me wrong he is a friend of mine," Cain noted, "but he didn't play a major role for me. I wasn't looking for the best fit for me and my friend; I was looking for the best fit for me. Getting along with Brandon and the rest of the players definitely helped my decision."

The forward will sign his scholarship paperwork (since the letter of intent period has ended) in the next couple of days and will arrive in Tempe the first week of July so he can begin the second session of summer school on the 6th of that month.

Cain remarked that it was very easy to see why the Sun Devils have had the success they had the last few years and is confident that he made the right choice.

"This is an up and coming program and they have everything you can ask for to succeed," Cain said. "You don't even have to leave the Weatherup center to do anything. You can lift weights there, have your training table…all you have to do is show up. Everybody I talked to before my visit told me how nice it was going to be here, so I expected everything to be top of the line and that's what I got.

"I'm just enjoying my decision with my family right now and I'm pumped up to be a Sun Devil."


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