3-star shooting guard to visit WSU next week

A DEADLY THREE-POINT shooter who had planned to play his college ball at New Mexico before the Lobos fired head coach Ritchie McKay, is headed to Pullman for an official visit next Thursday. The Cougs are one of three finalists -- all in the Pac-10 -- for the prep standout from Phoenix, who plans to make his decision soon.

Ty Abbott will play in the Pac-10. That much is certain. Hometown Arizona State offered the guard this week. The Devils join Washington State and Washington among his final three, Abbott told DevilsDigest.com on Tuesday.

"I have two visits left that I already scheduled," said the 6-3, 185 pounder. "I'm gonna visit Washington State on Thursday next week (April 19th) and Washington on Saturday. I'm not gonna make a decision before that."

The spring signing period starts today.

Abbott committed to New Mexico in September of last year and signed with them during the early signing period in November. He requested, and received, a release from his LOI when McKay was fired last month.

In addition to the three Pac-10 schools, he has been receiving heavy interest from Vanderbilt, Illinois and Virginia Tech.

He says that staying close to home won't be a major factor in his decision. "It would be nice to stay here and play in front of my family," he stated, "but it would also be nice to go away and do my own thing. I definitely want to play in the Pac-10 and it's gonna be between those three schools."

Abbott paced Desert Vista High in scoring this season with 17.3 points per game and shot 63 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. He was second on the team in rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. The Thunder finished 29-2 and lost to 5A finalist St. Mary's in the state playoffs.

"My strength is my versatility," he said of his skills. "I can shoot it from the outside; go to the hole or post up…whatever it takes. I could get better at ball handling."

Abbott said ASU coaches see him an impact player. Ironically his AAU coach, and someone who will have a significant say in his decision, is former Sun Devil assistant coach Russ Pennell. His mom also will have a big influence on the decision, he said. "She would like me to stay close to home," Abbott remarked, "but she will support me wherever I go. We'll see how this all pans out…"

If he picks WSU, he will join a recruiting class that already in includes forward Abe Lodwick, an Oregon prep star who signed in November, and 6-10 German center Fabian Boeke, who made a verbal commitment last month but has not yet signed a letter of intent.

The Cougars lose only one scholarship senior (Ivory Clark) this year, so it's not abundantly clear where three scholarships would come from.

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