Arizona Sportspage

September 23, 2009 2:21 PM

ASU Gets Pledge From Bachynski

The Arizona State University Sun Devils have their third 2010 commitment after 7-foot-2 center prospect Jordan Bachynski informed ASU head coach Herb Sendek (pictured) that he wanted to be a Sun Devil.

Bachynski chose ASU over Cal, BYU, Connecticut, Oregon State and San Diego.

After visiting Bachynski last Wednesday, ASU extended a scholarship offer. BYU, Connecticut, Oregon State and San Diego also visited Bachynski in Miami, Florida.

"Jordan believes this is the best place for him," Yolonda Bachynski, Jordan's mother, told "We got an email from coach (Jim) Calhoun at Connecticut and I've spoken with coach Calhoun, and the University of Connecticut is huge. If this was just a basketball decision, Jordan said he would probably be going there. That was the hardest scholarship to turn down because they're UCONN.

"But Jordan is looking for the whole package. He's an LDS kid coming off a mission but he wanted to be a place where there was an LDS community but it wasn't the only thing. He believes coach Sendek has the tools and the facilities to take him where he wants to go which is the NBA."

Bachnski visited the ASU campus in August, coming away impressed.

"Jordan and I together had visited a number of universities in the past when he was in grade 11 and grade 12 and he asked us to go and check out Arizona State and take pictures," Yolanda said. "So we popped in and took a tour of the place and it was amazing. Honestly, I was really impressed with the coaching staff, with their new facilities. I can't tell you how impressed we were.

"Jordan and I have been to a lot of campuses and been on the tours and they usually last about three hours and they tell you all the things they're going to do for your son and how many tutors they have and how they're going to feed them and then you meet with the head coach and they tell you about their program.

"With coach Sendek it was totally different. He sat us down. He said he has a specific plan for Jordan. He said he knew Jordan wasn't going to come in and be in game shape following his mission. He went over a plan point by point of how he would approach things with Jordan and get him ready to play. They had a vision for who Jordan could become and how they were going to get him there that was very well defined."

Bachynski (attending Centennial High School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is known to have good length and feet. He has the ability to make a mid-range shot and can score inside.

The Sun Devils also have commitments from Kaela King, a 6-6 shooting guard from Mater Dei High School in California and Corey Hawkins, a 6-3, shooting guard from Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear, Ariz. King is the No. 17 shooting guard in the ESPUN 100. Hawkins is the 97th shooting guard.

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