Ever since the departure of forward Romello White, Arizona State has been in search of a big man to help bolster the Sun Devils frontcourt.
It appears coach Bobby Hurley has filled part of that void as the program just got a commitment from power forward Chris Osten out of Lee College in Baytown, TX. He is immediately eligible and still has two years left to play.
Lee College Men's Basketball:— Louie Means (@meanswinDP) March 15, 2020
Chris Osten from Crowley, La., 6'9 So. PF. https://t.co/vYKGrsDLeJ
At the two-year school, Osten averaged just over 11 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks as a sophomore. Prior to playing at Lee College, the Crowley, Louisiana native spent two seasons at Louisiana State University at Alexandria, which is a member of the NAIA.
The journeyman’s only Division I offer was from Arizona State, and his recruitment was led by Hurley and associate head coach Rashon Burno.
Osten is 6-foot-9, and he could be an addition to play behind emerging sophomore power forward Jalen Graham, who was ASU’s lone big after White’s exit.
According to 247Sports, Osten is a strong rebounder who can block shots and serve as an above the rim threat to finish on dunks and around the glass.
It has been a long road for the big man to arrive at ASU, and he’ll now look to take full advantage of the opportunity presented at a Division I, power-five school.