Recent Changes for Stover

Anthony Stover, the 6-9 junior center from La Canada (Calif.) Renaissance, talked about how quite a bit has changed in his recruitment after the spring evaluation period, with some new scholarship offers and new programs showing interest...

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Going into the July evaluation period, Anthony Stover, the 6-9 center from La Canada (Calif.) Renaissance, already had scholarship offers from four Pac-10 schools, as well as Gonzaga and Connecticut.

When the evaluatuion period took a short break, UCLA and Arizona State were the latest schools to throw their names into the recruiting sweepstakes.

Stover unofficially visited
Arizona State in the fall and was very impressed with his weekend in Tempe. "I got to tour the campus and see all the facilities," he recalled. "I loved watching Coach (Herb) Sendek in practice. His photographic memory in practice was unbelievable. I loved being on the field for the football game…everything was just such a great experience."

Ever since his visit, Stover said he could see himself fitting in nicely in Tempe in the event he did decide to sign with ASU.

"The way they play they really get Jeff (Pendergraph) involved a lot," said Stover, "and because he'll be gone by the time I get there I know I could get a lot of playing time and play in that role. I know they have great players who already committed in
Jared Cunningham and Trent Lockett. I've seen them play and those are the type of players that can feed me the ball."

The two latest offers are a validation for Stover and his fine play thus far in July. Stover participated in the Take Five Tournament in Cincinnati, the West Coast All-Star Camp, and Three Stripes AAU tournament in Los Angeles, so far.
To what does he attribute the increased recruiting attention? "I've been more aggressive on both ends of the court, especially on offense attacking the basket more." He stated. "On defense I've been blocking more shots and my on-ball defense has improved."

Stover estimated that he has averaged roughly 13 points and nine rebounds a game in the three aforementioned tournaments.

Even though the majority of his offers are from the Pac-10, Stover doesn't see himself as a lock to play in that conference. He did admit, though, "Even though I'm open to anything, I really like to play close to home."

Stover believes that
Kentucky and Texas are probably the next two schools to offer him. He added that he does have a verbal offer from Arizona (given by head coach Lute Olson) and that just today he was fielding calls from the Wildcats' assistant coaches.

The center claims no favorites, said he planned to take more unofficial visits in August, and a month later begin his official visits.

"Because I only have five official visits I don't know if I'm gonna (officially) visit
UCLA because it's so close to home," he said. "Most likely Arizona State will get an official visit. I don't know where my other official visits will be, but I know I'm not going to commit before I take all five of them. I'm looking to make a decision in November."

Stover now will continue on to play in the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas then return to Los Angeles for the Best of Summer tournament.

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