Four-star class of 2018 Finnish guard Elias Valtonen committed to Arizona State on Friday morning, according to Evan Daniels of scout.com.
Valtonen, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting guard, hails from Helinski Basketball Academy in Finland. He was rated a four-star by 247Sports.com, and ranks as the No. 1 shooting guard in Finland (28th in the world.)
Valtonen had originally visited Arizona State on Oct. 8, before he ventured to Illinois on Oct. 10, and then committed to ASU three days later.
In the 2016 U18 FIBA European Championship tournament, Valtonen helped Finland to an eighth-placed finish, averaging 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. That same year, he averaged 14.1 points, two assists and 4.4 rebounds per game in the U17 FIBA World Championship tournament.
Valtonen’s commitment sparked the first addition to ASU head coach Bobby Hurley’s 2018 class. With senior guards Kodi Justice, Shannon Evans and Tra Holder leaving the program in the spring of 2018, Valtonen will bring much needed depth to Arizona State’s future perimeter.
Highlights of the Sun Devils’ latest commit can be found below.