He has until 2 p.m. today to shape his basketball future, and Arizona State star Ike Diogu is intent on using every last minute to make the important and lifealtering decision.
ASU sources who spoke with Diogu Monday said the 6-foot-8 junior had not made a decision whether to withdraw his name from consideration for next week’s NBA draft.
Diogu has a workout scheduled with the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, but that is contingent on today’s decision.
Diogu’s father, Edward Diogu, was reached at the family home in Texas Monday night. But after getting in hot water with his son two weeks ago by announcing that Diogu would turn pro — Ike reiterated that his mind was not made up the next day — Dad had no interest in commenting this time.
"We’ll all have to cross our fingers and see what happens,’’ he said. "I’m not going to tell you anything until he does.’’
Diogu worked out twice in the last week for the Phoenix Suns — including Sunday, when team owner Robert Sarver and adviser Steve Kerr joined the team’s player personnel brain trust in the audience.
Suns scout John Shumate said he rates Diogu as a firstround pick if he enters the draft — the top 30 players will receive three-year, guaranteed contracts — but that doesn’t mean his name would be called among the top 30 picks.
"Ike is very talented but sort of a question mark,’’ Shumate said. "He has shown what he can do as the (Pac-10) player of the year, but can he transfer that success to the next level? If he comes out, I think he’ll go in the first round. But there is some degree of risk and there is room for improvement if he returned (to ASU)."
Shumate said Diogu was mum about his decision this week but "my gut feeling is he might stay in school. There is some concern that he might not wind up where he wants to go.’’
Diogu is all over the place on mock draft boards. ESPN.com has him going ninth to Golden State — where he reportedly wowed Warriors officials in a private workout — but CBSSportsline.com leaves him completely out of the first round. Four other mock drafts rate him anywhere from 15th to 27th.
If he returns to Tempe, the Sun Devils would welcome him with open arms. ASU lost senior guards Steve Moore and Jason Braxton from last year’s 18-win team and reserves Tim Pierce and Wilfried Fameni have since transferred. Without Diogu, the chances of the team challenging for a second NCAA tournament berth in eight seasons under coach Rob Evans would be slim at best.