With Willie Atwood and Savon Goodman among the departures from last season’s team, Arizona State was in a position where they could use another front court option in 2016-17. NBCSports.com confirmed Thursday night that Bobby Hurley and his staff added help in the form of 6-foot-9 forward Romello White, who during the course of his recruitment made pledges to Tennessee (verbal) and Georgia Tech (signed).
With Georgia Tech firing Brian Gregory the Marietta (Georgia) Wheeler product was released from his National Letter of Intent, ultimately landing with the Sun Devils. White joins fellow front court prospects Vitaly Shibel and Jethro Tshisumpa, and wing Sam Cunliffe in Arizona State’s 2016 recruiting haul.
And with rising senior Obinna Oleka being Arizona State’s most experienced returnee in the front court, the newcomers have a good shot at earning immediate minutes.
White’s ranked 87th in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, with Cunliffe (36th) also a top 100 prospect and Tshisumpa (110th) just outside. Given the number of departures at the end of last season, and multiple conference foes reeling highly regarded classes of their own, this quartet represents an important haul for Arizona State.
News of White’s commitment was first reported by Scout.com.
No. 22 Utah builds 30-2 lead in 81-46 rout of Arizona State
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Brekkott Chapman had 15 points and No. 22 Utah blitzed Arizona State 81-46 on Thursday night, scoring the first 15 points of the game and opening a 30-2 lead on the way to its fifth straight victory.
Jordan Loveridge added 14 points, Brandon Taylor had 12 and Dakarai Tucker scored 10 for Utah, which plays its final two regular-season games at home, against Arizona and Colorado.
The Utes (22-7, 11-5 Pac-12), just a half-game back of first-place Oregon, made their first five 3-point attempts, including three by Loveridge, to jump out to a 15-0 lead.
Obinna Oleka scored for ASU, but Utah went on to score another 15 consecutive points. The eye-popping 30-2 lead produced some remarkable statistics: The Sun Devils started 1 for 16 from the field with four shots blocked and had 10 turnovers to go along with that single basket.
Arizona State will be upgrading to new adidas uniforms this season, the school announced in a release late this week. While the tops for the jerseys are outlined in a classic Arizona State design, the shorts come with the new pitchfork logo, making for a nice contrast of styles.
The Sun Devils will also have home whites in this design and the team also gets custom adidas colorways of the Crazylight Boost 2015, D Lillard 1, DRose 6, and JWall 1 signature shoes.
Overall, a nice upgrade for Arizona State and this design is pretty easy to agree with. With former Sun Devil James Harden recently inking a $200 million deal with adidas, it’s probably a smart move for the company to make his school look fresh.
Arizona State receives commitment from three-star center Jethro Tshisumpa
For the second time since June, Arizona head coach Bobby Hurley has landed a 2016 recruit ranked in the Rivals150.
Jethro Tshisumpa, a 6-foot-9 center out of Mountain Mission School (Virginia), committed to the Sun Devils, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.
“Jethro Tshisumpa is a great addition for head coach Bobby Hurley and Arizona State because he’s an elite rim protector and rebounder in the 2016 class,” NBCSports.com recruiting insider Scott Phillips said. “While he’s still raw on the offensive end, Tshishumpa should help immediately on the defensive end. Hurley is off to a solid start on the recruiting trail with the Sun Devils.”
With his roster for the 2015-16 season close to complete (there’s the Thon Maker recruitment to consider), first-year Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley has reeled in his first commitment in the Class of 2016.
“Sam has a lot of skills and can hit some shots,” NBC Sports recruiting insider Scott Phillips said of Cunliffe. “Arizona State is getting an uptempo wing who should fit in well with what Bobby Hurley is trying to accomplish.”
Cunliffe visited Arizona State last weekend following a good showing at the Pangos All-American Camp, and he also held offers from programs such as Colorado, Gonzaga, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
Arizona State doesn’t lack for experience on the perimeter, with the majority of the players on this upcoming season’s roster having eligibility remaining beyond 2015-16. Small forward Savon Goodman will be a junior, as will junior college additions Torian Graham and Andre Spight, and three players (led by Tra Holder) entering their sophomore season.
Arizona State also has former Buffalo guard Shannon Evans on the perimeter, who will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2015-16 season.
Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley throws out first pitch at Diamondbacks game (VIDEO)
For new head coaches a part of the job is making the rounds around the community to spark added interest in their program. For new Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley, this included the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the Arizona Diamondbacks game Saturday evening.
Hurley didn’t toe the rubber, but he did make an accurate throw from just in front of the mound while dealing with a special distraction. Members of the 942 Crew (942 represents the number of seats in the student section), Arizona State’s student section, rolled the “Curtain of Distraction” out behind of home plate but that didn’t impact Hurley at all.
While Hurley does have some work to do with the Arizona State program, he’ll be working with a veteran group that returns the likes of Savon Goodman and Tra Holder and adds a highly regarded junior college transfer in former South Plains (Texas) JC guard Andre Spight. Hurley encountered a similar situation in his first season at Buffalo (2013-14), where he managed to win 19 games with MAC Player of the Year Javon McCrea leading the way.
Arizona State released its non-conference schedule earlier this week, and it includes games against Texas A&M, Kentucky, UNLV and an appearance in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn (LSU, Marquette and NC State are also in the event).