PG Switches Alliances from USC to ASU

PG Derek Glasser

It was widely believed that the first player from Artesia (Calif.) to commit to the Sun Devils would be James Harden. Sure enough, Derek Glasser, ASU's latest commitment for the 2006 class, beat him to the punch and fills a void that is vacated by the now departed point guard Kevin Kruger.

The 6-1 170 Derek Glasser averaged 13 points per game his senior year, in which Artesia captured the state championship. Glasser, who was coached by Scott Pera, the newly appointed Director of Basketball Operations at Arizona State, is considered a smart point guard and a natural leader. He made his mark on his school's record books as the first ever player to score 1,000 points and dish out 500 assists.

He coveted playing for the Trojans and did accept their offer when it came in the spring. However, he since then had a change of heart. "I had some disagreements with the USC staff," he told Devils Digest today. "So I contacted ASU and now I'm committed there."

San Diego State, Miami, Tulsa and Kent State were some of the schools that recruited Glasser a few months ago.

Kevin Kruger announced earlier today that he was leaving ASU to play under his father Lon Kruger at UNLV. The senior took advantage of a recent passed rule that states that any student-athlete who graduates in four years, but still has a year of athletic eligibility remaining, can transfer to another school and not have to sit out.

"The NCAA's new legislation has allowed me to play for my father, something I have always wanted to do," said Kruger in a prepared statement. "I want the ASU community to understand I appreciate all that Coach Sendek has done for me in the past few months and what he will do for Arizona State. This was an extremely tough decision because of him and the players. After considering my options, I want to play for my father for my final year. Finishing my degree in four years and the recent passing of the NCAA's new legislation has allowed me to do this, and after thinking over the options this is what I want to do."

Now that Glasser is aboard, the question is will he bring Harden with him? "No comment," he said with a smile. However, something tells us that the Artesia High School reunion in Tempe isn't done quite yet...

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