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ASU men's basketball lands commitment from Ukranian forward Pavlo Dziuba

The 16-year-old adds depth to the Sun Devil frontcourt

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ASU forwards battle for a loose ball during the Sun Devils' 68-61 loss to Colorado on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe.

The ASU men’s basketball team added to its 2020 recruiting class with the commitment of Ukrainian forward Pavlo Dziuba on Wednesday.

Dziuba is just 16, and his 6-foot-8 frame helps fill a positional need for ASU head coach Bobby Hurley’s squad. 

Dziuba averaged 13.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 54.5% from the field and 32% from three-point range in eight games during the 2019 FIBA U16 European Championship Division B for Ukraine. 

He also spent time playing for FC Barcelona's U18 team during the 2019-20 season, averaging 2.7 points per game in three games played.

Dziuba will look to fill a void left by former Sun Devil Romello White, who was the only frontcourt player to average over 10 points per game for the team this past season.

With the departures of White, Khalid Thomas and Andre Allen via the transfer portal, Dziuba joins a frontcourt group that includes Kimani Lawrence, Taeshon Cherry, Jalen Graham, John Olmsted and transfer Chris Osten.

Dziuba also joins five-star shooting guard Joshua Christopher and four-star small forward Marcus Bagley among other commits set to enter the program in the 2020-21 season.

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