Ukrainian F Pavlo Dziuba commits to Arizona State basketball
The Arizona State Sun Devils earned a commitment from Ukrainian power forward Pavlo Dziuba on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Dziuba averaged 13.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 blocks while playing in the 2019 FIBA European Championship Division B.
“My goal to make it to the NBA,” Dziuba told ESPN. “If not at Barcelona, I didn’t want to play for another European club. I want to test myself at the top level and I think college basketball and specifically the Pac-12 will give me the best opportunity to show myself.”
Dziuba is still only 16 years old and could be the youngest player in college basketball next season.
Prior to the 6-foot-8 Dziuba’s commitment, Arizona State’s 2020 recruiting class ranked 40th, according to 247 Sports. Along with five-star wing Josh Christopher, the incoming group includes four-star small forward Marcus Bagley and Lee College transfer Chris Osten.
Transfers Luther Muhammad out of Ohio State and Holland Woods via Portland State are also joining the program but will sit out a year due to NCAA rules.
The state of Arizona State’s roster for 2021 remains in limbo. The team lost starting center Romello White, who transferred to Ole Miss, and could potentially see guards Remy Martin and Alonzo Verge Jr. depart for the pro ranks.
Martin and Verge have until 10 days after the NBA Draft combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes first to withdraw and return to school. That deadline was set by the NCAA, as the combine has yet to be scheduled.
The NBA’s withdrawal deadline is set for Aug. 17.
Martin (19.1 points per game) and Verge (14.6) are the leading scorers for the 2019-20 Sun Devil team whose postseason was canceled due to the coronavirus.