A big-time basketball prospect paid a visit to Arizona State this past weekend.
The Sun Devils are hoping the visit by Dexter Pittman went well enough that they will be able to land the 6-foot-10 center.
During his time in Tempe, Pittman, a senior at B.F. Terry High School in the Houston area, met with ASU president Michael Crow and new athletic director Lisa Love.
Pittman is rated the No. 51 prospect in the nation by Scout.com. He is also considering Texas, Oklahoma State and Florida State.
Also visiting this weekend was George Odufuwa, a 6-8 forward from the Dallas area who also is considering SMU, Colorado, G onzaga and Miami.
ASU officials are hoping the lofty draft status of Ike Diogu (taken No. 9 overall by the Golden State Warriors) will help open doors for them.
They also are in the running for another top prospect: Deon Thompson, a 6-8 forward from Torrance, Calif. Scout.com lists him No. 22 nationally.
Thompson also is considering Connecticut, Gonzaga, Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA and Wake Forest.
ASU is awarding a scholarship to Chad Goldstein, a 6-9, 230-pound forward from Desert Mountain High.
Goldstein is transferring from UC-Davis. He was expected to be a walk-on at ASU but got a scholarship when Diogu left for the NBA with one year of eligibility remaining.
Goldstein is a freshman who will be eligible to play starting Dec. 17 at Iowa.
In another development, Christian Polk, a senior offguard at Glendale Deer Valley High School, has given an early commitment to ASU.
Polk, who also attracted interest from Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois and Boston College, credited ASU coaches for developing a solid relationship with his family.
"They seemed like they were the most interested," Polk said of ASU’s recruiting efforts. He also liked that coaches enforce rules about attending class with a long morning run for those who miss.
"I won’t be getting too many of those," he said.
Polk averaged 14 points and six assists as a junior. One publication, called Hoop Alliance, rated him No. 85 among players in his class.
BONUS SHOTS: Keith Wooden, the former ASU forward who had been expected to transfer to Wichita State, will not be part of the Shockers’ program, Wichita State announced. Issues of academics and communications with the coaches over the summer were cited as reasons. He is now expected to attend North Texas.