Last year, the first weekend in September saw Keith Wooden, Chris Low and Will Fameni officially visit the Arizona State campus. Within a matter of weeks, Low and Wooden were orally committed to the Sun Devils and Fameni followed shortly thereafter.
Perhaps a little superstition went
into the ASU coaches' decision to bring in another trio of talented recruits for
this September's first full weekend. Perhaps it was just their normal way of
doing business. Regardless, Junior College standouts Michael Ford and Mohammed "Mo"
Camara (pronounced k-MAR-a) are scheduled to join Michigan high school star Goran Suton for official campus
visits beginning Friday (9-5).
Suton is someone we have written about
recently and watched extensively this summer in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. In
case you missed it, he's a 6-10 post-player from East Lansing, Michigan who
immigrated to this country with his family from Serbia approximately three years
ago prior to the start of high school. This summer he excelled in AAU ball for
the talented Michigan Hurricanes and he's generally regarded as the best big-man
in the state.
Another post player the Devils are seriously courting is
Camara, an import in his own right and the cousin of former Kentucky basketball standout Jules Camara. The 6-11 pound
Riverside Community College product came to the United States via Senegal.
Camara is reported to be, at 255 pounds, a tremendous force in the post
defensively and on the glass, with offensive skills that are slowly developing.
In an interview earlier this summer Riverside coach Bob Russo had the
following to say about Camara: "He gets the ball in the post, he has to think
about things. He's a bit robotic because he just doesn't have that natural feel
yet. But some days he'll do some things that make you say, ‘Wow he's coming
along,' and other times he'll revert back to a little rawness...but overall, at
any level he can probably get 10 rebounds a game, he changes and blocks shots
and he'll be a good player. You know, he runs the floor well, he's pretty
athletic [for his height] and he's really, really strong."
and he's got a very good upside," continued Russo. "He's strong. He's still raw
offensively, but towards the end of the year for us, you know in the playoffs
there were two games in a row where he got over 20 rebounds a game, so he led
our conference in rebounding. He's got great potential, but he hasn't been
playing the game that long, maybe 4-5 years [total]."
Both Suton and
Camara have apparently been offered scholarships by the Sun Devils and it seems
as though the staff would take a commitment from either player at this time, but
perhaps not both. With three scholarships to give this fall, the Sun Devils
probably will elect to sign one post player in the early signing period baring
an unforeseen development or an inability to land a quality player at
combo-guard or on the wing; positions that seem to be earmarked for the other
two available rides.
Suton has an official visit scheduled for Michigan State the final weekend
of September and that school appears to be the biggest competition at present
for Arizona State. Camara's visit to ASU
will be his first and he is still relatively early in the process and
considering taking official visits to a number of schools including Oregon, Georgetown, San Diego State and Rutgers, all of which will likely be
visiting him at RCC next week.
Playing at Curtis Millage's former stomping
grounds - Los Angeles Southwest College - Ford is arguably the best JC guard
prospect in Southern California. Last
year, the 6-1, 180 combo-guard averaged a South Coast Conference leading 20.4
points (25.7 in league play), 5.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 4.6 steals and shot an
unbelievable .568% from three point range on the season. Originally from Georgia, Ford moved to Los Angeles
following high school and is now considering Arizona State among his leaders,
with one current Sun Devil even going as far as to say, "We own him."
offer, however, has apparently not been tendered to Ford by Arizona State due to
the schools' full-blown and rapidly developing emergence in the Quentin Thomas sweepstakes.
Earlier this summer it appeared that the Sun Devils would have an almost
impossible time of catching up in the race for Thomas, as the 6-3 elite prospect
from Oakland Technical high school did not even list Arizona State among his
suitors a mere three months ago.
Now, however, Thomas is listing the Sun
Devils among his three finalists along with –get this – North Carolina and Kansas. Appearing to be a big factor in
this evolution is the interest Arizona State has in Thomas' fellow Bay Area
prospect, lifelong friend Tim Pierce,
the 6-7 standout at Freemont high school. Pierce and Thomas have both been
offered scholarships and are of primary importance to the Sun Devils in this
Both will be on campus for official visits next
weekend beginning on September 12. Thomas will visit Kansas officially later in
the month and then North Carolina in October with a decision likely coming soon
thereafter. Pierce had yet to set up any other official visits as of the
beginning of last week, but North Carolina-Charlotte and Oregon appear the most
likely schools to get visits, if indeed Pierce takes more than the one to ASU.
It does appear to us that Pierce is a lean to Arizona State and his visit will
be particularly interesting to watch.
Outside of the five who will visit
over the next two weeks, local wing
Lee Cummard of Mesa high school,
DevilsDigest's top-ranked player in Arizona, will likely officially visit the
Tempe-campus in the next month or so as well. Cummard, who will accept an LDS
mission immediately following his high school graduation, is looking to sign
this fall and as such he would enroll in 2006. In addition to ASU, Cummard is
likely to visit BYU and possibly UCLA and Oregon State as well.
seemingly ideal situation for the Sun Devils would seem to involve garnering
commitments from Thomas, Pierce, Cummard and either Suton or Camara. Should the
Devils miss on Thomas, a scholarship offer to Ford would seem rather likely and
also allow the Devils a legitimate shot at 2005 elite point guard Andre McGee, the former teammate and
best friend of current Sun Devil Tron
Smith who is ranked by most services in the top 15 nationally in next year's
Other players still being considered for the 2004 class include
local junior college wing Bryson Kruger and Compton Dominguez wing Lamar Roberson among others. As
always, DevilsDigest will closely follow all of the latest developments with
regard to this important recruiting season.
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