Coming off a roller coaster first season, Bobby Hurley has settled into his first full offseason in Tempe.
His second season with the Arizona State Sun Devils has the potential to exceed his first season, since Hurley and the Sun Devils will welcome five new freshmen to the roster.
There’s a lot to digest here, so let’s jump right in.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about ASU’s six-man recruiting class is that Cunliffe is the shortest member a 6’6”. The Sun Devils are bringing in a ton of size, which is something they lacked last season. In 2015-16, the Sun Devils had an average height of 77.2 inches, which was second worst in the Pac-12 (Washington).
Cunliffe, who hails from Seattle, had offers from a host of other Pac-12 teams before committing to Arizona State.
Cunliffe checks in at #41 on ESPN’s Top 100.
You can check what we wrote about Cunliffe when he originally committed right HERE, and see the first episode in a documentary series about Cunliffe below.
White, a 6’9” power forward from Georgia, originally committed to Georgia Tech but re-opened his recruitment after the Yellow Jackets made a coaching change. Bobby Hurley wasted no time scooping the big man up.
White was in high demand with schools throughout the country, but chose the Sun Devils because “...he really liked the coaching”, his mother told Scout.
White checks in at #77 on ESPN’s Top 100.
White’s most recent highlight video can be found below.
Not much is known about Shibel, who hails from Ukraine, but what we do know is that he was in demand throughout the country, with Georgia Tech, Boston College, and Pitt all being in on him aside from Arizona State. Like most international prospects, Shibel is quite raw, but with proper coaching he could be a great asset for the Sun Devils.
Shibel’s most recent highlight video can be found below.
Aside from having one of the best names in college basketball, Tshisumpa is the third member of this recruiting class featured on ESPN’s Top 100 (#87).
Originally from Congo, Tshisumpa moved to the United States a few years back and became one of the country’s best shot blockers in high school, using his 6’10” frame advantageously and trying to model his game after DeAndre Jordan, he told AZ Central.
While Tshisumpa’s defensive game is strong, he could use some work on the offensive end. Luckily, he’ll have plenty of time to develop, and making an impact on defense can be just as important as making one on offense.
Tshisumpa’s most recent highlight video is below.
Vila, like Shibel, is an international prospect (from Spain). Like Shibel, not much is known about him, aside from the fact that he is 6’9” and played for FC Barcelona where he averaged 5.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
Below is a lengthy scouting video on Vila.