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Courtesy: Steve Rodriguez
Six Newcomers Signed For Men's Basketball
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 11/19/2013
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NOTE: MORE DETAILS ON EACH RECRUIT WILL BE ADDED TO THIS SITE AS THEIR 2013-14 SEASON PROGRESSES...

The Sun Devil men's basketball program has inked six student-athletes to start their careers in 2014-15, Sun Devil head coach Herb Sendek has announced

"This is an exciting group of players who are all very athletic and can get to the rim. We want to continue to push the pace and our staff did a great job of evaluating players that can help us quickly," said Coach Sendek, the 2009-10 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. "We have a good mix with three junior college players and three four-year players.  We signed local players, went into California and was able to get two really good guards and picked up junior college impact players from Iowa and Texas. We look forward to seeing here this summer."

GERRY BLAKES (6-4/180/G/SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY COLLEGE)
Coached by Sun Devil Quincy Brewer, who played at Arizona State 1993-97...averaged 17 points per game and earned first-team all-conference and all-state in freshman seasons...played at Inglewood Morningside..led conference with 16.5 points per game last year...shot 84 percent from the free throw line...team won 12 of its final 15 games including a first round road win over No. 7 Riverside City.
FROM SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY COLLEGE...
STATISTICS LINK...

FEATURE STORY ON GERRY...

OCTAVIUS ELLIS (6-9/210/F-C/TRINITY VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
Averaged 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots last year at Trinity Valley C.C. in Texas...started his career at Cincinnati in 2011-12 and played three games as he had right hand injury before transferring...averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds as a senior at Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tenn....tabbed an all-conference selection, averaging 16.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 2.1 assists as a junior...rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com...son of Jerrell Horne, a former basketball player at the University of Memphis (1993 & 1994)...cousin of current NBA player Monta Ellis (Golden State).
STATISTICS LINK...

TRA HOLDER (6-2/G/BRENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL)
Coached at Brentwood School by Ryan Bailey...averaged 23 points, five rebounds and five assists during junior year...earned first-team All-League, All-CIF (4A) and was MVP of the Max Prep Desert Classic...team advanced to the California State Playoffs...top-100 player by several recruiting outlets whose stock continues to rise...

KODI JUSTICE (6-4/G/MESA DOBSON HIGH SCHOOL)
Averaged 10.3 points, 4.3 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game in his junior season...posted three 20-point games.
KODI Q&A...
KODI STATS LINK...

CONNOR MacDOUGALL (6-9/F-C/TEMPE CORONA del SOL HIGH SCHOOL)
Ranked by recruiting services as a four-star prospect and Scout.com has him as the No. 17 center in the nation.
DEVILS DIGEST TALKS ABOUT CONNOR...


ROOSEVELT SCOTT (6-4/G/INDIAN HILLS C.C.)
Playing at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, and coached by Barret Peery...attended high school at Johnson Sr. High School in St. Paul, Minn....won a Minnesota Class 3A state title as a junior, then poured in 16.9 points per game as a senior...llong arms and lateral quickness should make him a solid defender.
FEATURE STORY ON ROOSEVELT...

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