Jerry Easter, a 6-foot-4 point guard at Hillcrest Prep in Gilbert, Arizona, picked up a major college basketball offer as an eighth-grader.
It came from Arizona State on Friday.
It wasn’t his first college offer. After his sixth grade year, he was offered by Bowling Green.
Easter is the first eighth-grader to play for the national high school powerhouse program in Arizona since Marcus Bagley and Josh Green.
Green was taken in the first round of the NBA draft recently by the Dallas Mavericks, and Bagley is starting his freshman season at ASU.
Green played at Glendale Mountain Ridge High School his freshman year, before returning to Hillcrest. He then completed his high school career at IMG Academy in Florida, before playing one season at the University of Arizona
Bagley played in Hillcrest’s first season with his older brother Marvin Bagley III, before the family moved to Chatsworth, Calif.
Easter is from Toledo, Ohio, and plays for the prestigious club program Super Friends.
Hillcrest recruiting coordinator Nick Weaver says that Easter has a “great feel for the game.”
“He can score from all three levels,” Weaver said. “As an eighth-grader, he has got into many games and has played very well.”