The first and only time we've seen Johnny Coy was at a random tournament for middle school players in Kansas City three years ago. At that time, Coy was one of the top players at the event and was listed as 5-foot-11.
Fast forward three years. Coy is now 6-foot-7, averages 26 points and 12 rebounds a game and after Wednesday, is a member of the Arizona State Sun Devils basketball program.
"It really did happen fast," Coy said. "They were the first to offer me and they told me that once that offer got out there it would get crazy and they were right. It took me off guard but I decided to have with it and when I make my decision be 100% sure and I feel like I've done that."
Coy visited Tempe for, ironically, the Sun Devils game against Washington State. "When I took my unofficial visit there they made me feel comfortable and everything was planned out. Coach Sendek is an awesome guy and I felt really comfortable with my role. Coach Phelps and Coach Sendek told me they were going to recruit me harder than anybody and they weren't lying."
Basically, Coy popped onto the radar midway through the season and Sun Devils struck quickly to lock him down before the AAU season began. ASU sent assistants and the head coach to see Coy and as the process accelerated, strengthened their position daily.
"The whole coaching staff was in constant contact with me."
The 1,000 point scorer attributes his game to the fact that he's grown into a forward position but his roots are in guard play.
"Whenever I was younger, I wasn't that tall. I played a lot of point guard and handled the ball a lot. I hit a growth spurt between 7th and 8th grade year and my skills have stayed with me. I play all five positions for my high school team.
"My weakest point would be my post defense. I'll improve that over the summer."
So there you have it. Once a 5-11 guard, now a high-major forward. Few saw it coming but when it happened, the Sun Devils were there to scoop him up.
"Nobody in my family is even close to that tall. It took everybody off guard when I hit my big growth spurt."