September 25, 2008

Regan talks ASU visit

One of Arizona State's top targets for the 2010 class, 6-foot-8, 220 pound Will Regan, took an unofficial visit to Tempe last weekend along with his parents. They traveled all the way from Buffalo (N.Y.), where Regan attends The Nichols School, on their own dime.

Regan, the nation's No. 139 overall recruit and No. 11 center in the class, picked up a scholarship offer from Herb Sendek and the Sun Devils in June, and the program has aggressively targeted him since then.

"One of the good things is that Southwest flies direct from Buffalo to Phoenix so it's only a four hour flight or so depending on which way you're going. It's a little longer going west," Regan said. "But that's not bad at all. I mean, if I was going to go anywhere in the east, it's at least a few hours' drive, so there really isn't that much difference from that standpoint."

This visit was the second trip to ASU for Regan, but it brought new experiences.

"I got a great feel for the campus and got to see what it's like during school year," Regan said. "I got to learn a lot about the business school and honors college this time. It was really informative.

I also got to meet with coach Sendek. I've been able to talk on the phone with him a couple times, but you can learn a lot more in person than you can over the phone. I spent a fair amount of time with him, probably half time actually, on this trip. I got to see what he's all about and talk basketball with me and dad. We were able to get a better sense of what he sees from my position and how I fit in with their style."

Regan said he didn't really know that much about the school before this second visit, but as he learns more he's increasingly intrigued.

" The style of play would fit me really well," Regan said. "Seeing how a good 10-15 minute clip of what coach sees from my position and stuff like that…he knows I can shot the ball and stuff don't that I don't do that much for my AAU team. I'm glad he knows that, and I liked learning about style their of play. It's good having him knowing I can fill roles and be versatile.

Any concerns Regan had about potentially heading west to ASU for college have been mitigated by the easy travel opportunity and his thoughts about the school itself.

"ASU is on the rise," Regan said. "Coach Sendek has a long track record of success. You want to go somewhere to do well in school and basketball and I think that's one opportunity I can feel really solid about. With it being such a large school, there are a lot of opportunities beyond basketball when you're done. That's another plus. Most (other) places I'm not going to get a direct flight, and driving distance is longer anyway, so the distance isn't much of an issue."

Still, Regan plans to be very diligent about the recruiting process.

"I think the longer you wait, the more information you have to help you with the decision. You can see who your teammates will be, what other recruits are coming in, how stable the coaching staff is. Those things are very important to me. So I'm probably not going to make an early decision, though I don't think I'll wait as long as I possibly could either.

"ASU, Michigan, and Stanford are schools I've all been to and am very much considering. "I go up to Michigan again later in October. Then there are schools I haven't seen but am looking at like Notre Dame and Penn State -- I'll see them this fall. So I'm going to explore those and see if I like the fit with the schools. Maryland too, I'm going down there in November."

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