Sendek Locks Up 2008 In-Stater

The Arizona State Sun Devils didn't have to venture too far out in the 113 degree heat for their latest commitment. Herb Sendek's crew went right up the road to Phoenix and received a pledge from one of the top in-state players from the Class of 2008.

The Arizona State Sun Devils weren't about to let one slip away from their own backyard. This week, Taylor Rohde, a 6-foot-8 power forward out of Phoenix Pinnacle committed to Herb Sendek's program.

Rohde, a 20 point scorer as a sophomore, is a member of the Class of 2008 and Sendek's first truly local recruit since arriving last spring in Tempe.

"I think the ASU program in the past has been criticized for not including more local talent in their program and I think this is one step toward getting a solid local candidate and starting to build the program and get the fan support they need," Monte Rohde, the prospect's father told "I think having Christian Polk (a Rob Evans recruit) will also help get the community and the fan base behind the Devils."

New Mexico was the first program to ever offer Rohde a scholarship and then ASU became familiar with him upon their arrival in the Valley of the Sun.

For Rohde, the decision was reached because of the overall feel for the direction of the program and the guys in the office.

"We were really impressed with their entire staff and everything that happened since April. He was very comfortable with the commitment."

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