Elite prospect Taeshon Cherry on Saturday signed with Arizona State, securing coach Bobby Hurley’s 2018 Top 25 recruiting class.
The 6-foot-8 Cherry is among the nation’s top small forwards. Some recruiting services consider him a five-star talent. 247 Sports gives him a composite four-star ranking. It lists him as the nation’s No. 7 small forward and its No. 29 overall prospect.
“It’s an exciting day for Arizona State basketball,” Hurley said in a statement. “We welcome Taeshon Cherry to the family. Taeshon will make an immediate impact with his versatile offensive skill set and relentless motor but most importantly winning is what he values most. Sun Devil Nation will enjoy watching one of the best frontcourt players in the 2018 class in Maroon and Gold next season.”
Cherry committed to ASU in January. Two months later, he was expelled from Foothills Christian High in El Cajon, Calif., for what a school official termed “serious violations of the team and school behavior policies.”
Cherry joins an incoming class that also includes guard Luguentz Dort of Montreal and wing Elias Valtonen of Finland. Both are four-star prospects. 247 Sports ranks this class 20th nationally.
ASU still is trying to add to the class. The Sun Devils recently entertained top point guard Brandon Williams, a 247 Sports composite four-star prospect. They’re also pursuing Matt Mooney, a graduate transfer who last season averaged 18.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists at South Dakota.
ASU lost its top three scorers from last season’s team, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014.
Assistant coach leaving
Assistant coach Levi Watkins is leaving ASU to join the staff of new coach Kermit Davis at Ole Miss. Watkins had worked with Hurley throughout Hurley’s head-coaching career, first at Buffalo, then following him to Tempe.
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