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ASU Basketball: A look at the 2019 recruiting class

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The fresh blood

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Updated on June 3

Head coach Bobby Hurley will have to replace the departures of Zylan Cheatham, Luguentz Dort and De’Quon Lake. Add in that Uros Plavsic and Vitaliy Shibel added their names into the transfer portal.

Here is the six-man class that is rated 18th by Rivals.

PF Andre Allen (6-foot-9, Arizona Western, Three-star)

Allen, the late singing of the group, is the post player Hurley finally got. He originally signed to Buffalo, but after head coach Nate Oats left for Alabama, Allen got released from his letter of intent. Last season at Arizona Western, he averaged 13.3 points and 8.4 rebounds. He’ll have two years of eligibility.

SG Caleb Christopher (6-foot-0, Hillcrest Prep, Two-star)

Christopher is rated a three-star by 247Sports, his rating may be on the edge. His biggest addition to ASU could be his brother Joshua, who is a five-star 2020 recruit.

PF Jalen Graham (6-foot-9, Mountain Pointe, Three-star)

Graham is rated as the 31st power forward by Rivals and the 149th overall player. In his last year at Mountain Pointe, he gave the Pride a little over 15 points a game, along with almost 10 boards per contest.

PG Jaelen House (6-foot-1, Shadow Mountain, Four-star)

The son of ASU great, Eddie House, Jaelen House helped Mike Bibby’s Shadow Mountain win four straight state titles in his time there. In his senior year, averaged over 20 points per game and added close to five assists, four rebounds and five steals. He is ranked 94th overall player in Rivals’ rankings and 17th point guard.

SG Alonzo Verge (6-foot-3, Moberly Area Community College (Missouri), Four-star)

Verge will most likely the player to make the most immediate impact for ASU. Both seasons at Moberly Area Community College, Verge was named a NJCAA Division I All-American. He led the nation with 30.9 points per game in junior college. He scored a career-high 55 points last season, an outburst of scoring that will most likely be needed in Tempe next season.

PF Khalid Thomas (6-foot-9, College of Southern Idaho, Four-star)

Thomas just recently joined the ASU recruiting class in late May. He joins Verge as a high JUCO addition as each are rated in the top five by 247Sports. Originally committed to Texas Tech, Thomas changed his mind before deciding between ASU and Oregon. Hurley will most likely ask him to have a big role in the post game as he is one of the tallest players on ASU’s roster along with redshirt junior forward Romello White and Graham.