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Arizona State lands commitment from three-star 2015 JuCo power forward

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For the second time in the span of a month, Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek landed a 2015 commitment from a three-star JuCo recruit. On Friday night, Indian Hills Community College (Iowa) power forward Jordan Washington committed to the Sun Devils, according to a report from Brad Winton of JuCoRecruiting.com.

The 6-foot-8 Washington was on an official visit to the Tempe, Arizona campus. Last month, 6-foot-3 guard Andre Spight from South Plains Community College (Texas) pledged to Arizona State. While Washington will bring his physical style of play to the post, Spight told NBCSports.com in July that he is looking to develop his point guard skills. The junior college duo joins three-star small forward Dominic Green in the Sun Devils’ incoming class.

In 35 games for Indian Hills, Washington averaged 9.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

The Sun Devils reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in five season this past March. Though, they lose their three top three contributors from a season ago as Jahii Carson, Jordan Bachynski and Jermaine Marshall have all left the program. Washington, Spight and Green will follow a seven-man 2014 recruiting class.

Sendek, who is entering his ninth season as the head coach at Arizona State, received a contract extension on Sept. 1.

South Plains College guard verbally commits to Arizona State

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South Plains College guard Andre Spight was one of the most highly sought-after players at last month’s All American JUCO Showcase Elite 80 evening in Las Vegas, with programs such as Arizona State, Creighton and Penn State among those recruiting him. Spight stated during that weekend that he would look to sign during the early signing period (which falls in November), and on Saturday he decided where he’ll finish his college career.

Spight has committed to Arizona State, with Brad Winton of JucoRecruiting.com reporting the news. Also of note is the fact that Spight will take an official visit to Arizona State on September 5, per the report. As a freshman at South Plains, Spight posted averages of 16.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He’ll have more opportunities at the point guard position this season, something that should help him in his progression to the Division I level in 2015.

“He has the playmaking [ability] and the handle; he has all the skills to play point guard,” South Plains assistant coach Hank Plona told NBCSports.com back in July. “He just needs to develop the mindset [needed to play the point]. He came in with a scoring mindset, so we had to get him to thinking about ‘making the right play.’”

Spight’s his ability to play both on and off the ball fits in well with the players who have recently joined Herb Sendek’s program. Of Arizona State’s seven newcomers this season four are junior college transfers, and a number of them can play multiple positions. The Sun Devils will lose two guards at the end of the 2014-15 season with Bo Barnes and Shaquielle McKissic both being seniors, and small forward Jonathan Gilling is entering his final season of eligibility as well.

Among the guards who will have eligibility remaining when Spight arrives in Tempe are junior college transfers Gerry Blakes, who will likely be the starting point guard this season, and Roosevelt Scott, sophomore Chance Murray and incoming freshmen Kodi Justice and Tra Holder.

Junior college prospect Andre Spight working to improve point guard skills

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LAS VEGAS — While the paths taken to Las Vegas by the players who participated in the JucoRecruiting.com All-American Showcase are different, with Division I transfers playing alongside junior college products entering their second year and unsigned high school grads hoping to earn the opportunity to play somewhere, the ultimate goal tends to be the same: to earn a scholarship to play at a Division I school.

In order to get there, these players have to not only prove their worth on the court but also in the classroom, with that particular issue being the reason why some prospects had to take an alternate route to a Division I school.

That was the case for guard Andre Spight, who after attending summer school at UTEP in 2013 found out in mid-July of that year that he had not qualified academically. For some that would have been the opportunity needed to feel sorry for themselves as opposed to looking in the mirror and addressing the issue directly. That wasn’t the case for Spight, who moved on to South Plains College in Levelland, Texas with a valuable lesson in tow.

“I just have to get my grades straight and my priorities straight,” Spight told NBCSports.com. “After that the sky’s the limit. You can’t let anything stop you, especially academically.”

Spight’s first season at South Plains was a good one, as he posted averages of 16.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game on a team that finished the year with a 29-6 record and reached the quarterfinals of the Division I NJCAA tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. Spight’s primary role was to provide scoring off the ball, with Sekou Harris (4.9 apg, 1.8 A/T ratio) serving as the team’s primary ball-handler. Now with Harris having moved on to South Dakota, Spight’s responsibilities will change some as he’ll be asked to spend more time at the point.

As a result Spight will need to improve the skills needed to run the show, while also maintaining the skills that have made him a highly regarded prospect in the eyes of some Division I coaches.

“He has the playmaking [ability] and the handle; he has all the skills to play point guard,” South Plains assistant coach Hank Plona said at the showcase. “He just needs to develop the mindset [needed to play the point]. He came in with a scoring mindset, so we had to get him to thinking about ‘making the right play.'”

An event where players are asked to adjust on the fly to teammates they aren’t used to playing with can help in this area, and that was the case for Spight during his time on the floor. While it’s still a work in progress, the environment made Spight more attentive to the details that come with playing the point. That’s one of the positives Spight can take out of the experience, and it’s something that will help him as he prepares for his sophomore season.

“It helps a lot because I’m not sure what anyone’s going to do or what their next move will be,” Spight said. “So it’s up to me to figure that out, and it’s helping me.”

When asked which schools have been the most active in his recruitment, Spight mentioned Arizona State, Creighton, Penn State, Oregon and Tennessee. Head coaches Herb Sendek (Arizona State) and Pat Chambers (Penn State) were in attendance Saturday, with the Sun Devils upping the ante by having their entire coaching staff in the gym during Spight’s first game. The presence of a coach (or coaches) obviously has an impact on recruits, because that’s the best way to gauge a program’s interest regardless of what’s said through text messages or phone calls.

However the most important thing is to take advantage of the opportunity by playing well, something Spight understands.

“I just go play, but when they tell me they’re going to be here I obviously know,” Spight noted. “I just go out there and try to play my game and not try to do too much.”

The task for Spight entering 2014-15 is easy to identify: strengthen his abilities as a point guard while also maintaining the ability to score, as he’ll be asked to spend time at both guard positions at South Plains this season. If Spight proves capable, both team (another trip to Hutch) and individual (a scholarship to a major Division I school) will be well within his reach.