The Sun Devils heard some unfortunate news earlier this week when shooting guard Evan Gordon said he is going to transfer closer to home for his senior year, but head coach Herb Sendek received some good news on Friday when he received his third commitment to the 2014 class.
Point guard Tra Holder has verbally committed to Arizona State, per his high school coach's Twitter.
Congrats to my guy Tra Holder on his committment to Arizona State.Top 100 pg huge get for the ASU Sundevils...— Ryan Silver (@RyanSilver1) May 10, 2013
The Arizona Republic's Doug Haller also confirmed that the Los Angeles product has verbally committed to the Sun Devils for the 2014 season.
Tra Holder, a 2014 PG from Brentwood High in Calif, says he has committed to Arizona State.— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) May 11, 2013
Holder plays for the Brentwood High Eagles in Los Angeles and he put up 22.9 points per game and 5.4 assists per game during his junior season.
He was honored with a first team All-CIF Southern Section Division 4A selection following his junior year.
The 6-foot, 170-pound point guard reportedly had offers from Florida State, San Diego State, Fairfield, Loyola Marymount and Northern Arizona. He visited Pac-12 opponent USC on Wednesday, but gave his verbal commitment to Sendek after visiting Tempe on Friday.
Holder is not eligible to sign his Letter of Intent for the 2014 season until November 2013, so he could potentially change his mind, but it's a good sign nonetheless that ASU has the inside track on Rivals' No. 137 recruit.
According to the Rivals150 database, Holder is the seventh best guard in the state of California and is currently listed as a four star recruit.
The initial implications are that Holder will help replace Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year Jahii Carson if he decides to leave school early for the NBA. However, Holder is not the only player who could help rebuild the backcourt. 2013 commit Chance Murray will have an opportunity to play with Carson next season when he makes his debut in Tempe.
Holder will be joining 6-foot-5 shooting guard Kodi Justice and 6-foot-9 power forward Connor MacDougall in the Sun Devils' talented 2014 class.