Arizona State made news on Jan. 1 when it offered scholarships to three prospects from Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham in 2017 guards Devante Doutrive and Deschon Winston and 2018 small forward Devonaire Doutrive.
Devante and Devonaire are brothers who live with Deschon, whose father, Laurian Watkins, is their legal guardian and AAU coach with Pro Skills Sports Academy.
Devante is one of the nation’s top unsigned seniors as a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who is a much improved shooter and passer from a year ago. He’s a born scorer whose size, length, toughness and versatility make him a good prospect.
The offers for Devante are Arizona State, LMU and UTEP.
Deschon is a score-first point guard who can really shoot the ball. He’s got range beyond the arc but is capable of putting the ball on the ground and hitting midrange jumpers, getting to the basket and scoring.
Arizona State was Deschon’s first offer.
Devonaire is also much improved, as he’s a 6-foot-5 wing who can really handle and pass it, while he’s also becoming a productive shooter and scorer whose size, length and athleticism give him versatility on defense.
Devonaire holds offers from Arizona State and New Mexico State.
All three brothers were excited about the offer from Arizona State.
“That’s a very good school and it’s the Pac-12,” Devante said. “I was very excited. The Pac-12 is one of the best conferences in the country. It’s a good school and conference.”
“I was amazed and proud of myself,” added Devonaire. “It’s the Pac-12 and a big school. I know James Harden went there.”
“I was pretty happy,” said Deschon. “It’s a good school in a great conference; that’s one of my favorite conferences. They also offered my teammates Devante an Devonaire and any opportunity to keep playing them is a great opportunity.”
While the three teammates and brothers had been mostly recruited individually before the Arizona State offer, the possibility of being a three-man package deal has grown and it’s something they’re all highly interested in.
Devante said the three would like to play at the same school at the next level and his teammates agreed.
“What we’re doing right now, in a couple years we could do the same thing,” Devante said.
“We’ve always wanted to play college together since the chemistry is going to be better,” added Deschon.
“It would be fun for all three of us to go together,” said Devonaire. “We have chemistry together.”
As Birmingham’s successful 12-3 season has progressed, recruiting attention or all three prospects has increased.
While the trio will see who else offers, the next step in the recruitment will likely be a visit to Tempe.
“We’ve talked about visiting,” said Devonaire. “I don’t know when but it will be sometime soon.”