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ASU Basketball: Sun Devils land local 2022 center Duke Brennan

Big Guy from the Valley

NCAA Basketball: Pac-12 Media Day D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

For the last few weeks, Arizona State men’s basketball recruiting class for 2022 has been simmering with anticipation. Two four-star guard prospects -- Richard Isaac Jr. and Milos Uzan have indicated the Sun Devils are still squarely in the mix for their decision.

While those two guards mull over the final stages of their process, the Sun Devils broke through with their first verbal commitment of the 2022 class on Wednesday, and Bobby Hurley and his staff did not have to travel far to find him.

Local prospect Duke Brennan, a three-star center from nearby Hillcrest Prep in Gilbert, Ariz., announced he was staying in Arizona in a Twitter announcement.

Brennan has a good build at at 6-foot-10 and 235 pounds. If he were to join the team today, he would be the second most imposing presence on the team as incoming 2021 freshman Enoch Boakye is 6-foot-10, 240 pounds.

He was ranked the No. 20 overall prospect in 247 sports rankings, and the eighth-ranked center. He can score with either hand and fielded offers from Cal, Oregon State, and Seton Hall among others.

Although he is a local prospect, he did not grow up in the shadow of ‘A’ Mountain. Originally from Oregon, Brennan’s family moved to Arizona just before he began high school. He took his visit to Tempe earlier this summer with AAU teammate Malcolm Flaggs, who committed as a preferred walk-on to Arizona State in 2022.