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Reivers' Lake picks Arizona State

Kevin White, 
kevin.white@nonpareilonline.com

Mar 29, 2017

Growing up in the Virgin Islands, De’Quon Lake’s preferred sport was baseball.

He found his way to basketball at age 14, and there’s one thing that’s vital to his story.

“I learn pretty fast,’’ he said.

Lake’s rapid basketball rise included a two-year stop at Iowa Western, and now it will continue at Arizona State. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound center has announced that he will sign with the Sun Devils of the Pac-12 Conference.

Many Power Five schools were in pursuit of Lake. Among others who offered scholarships were Kansas, West Virginia, Kansas State, Missouri, Memphis, Oregon State, UNLV and Rutgers. Lake narrowed it to Arizona State, Kansas State and Rutgers before choosing the Sun Devils after taking an official visit to Tempe less than three weeks ago.

Lake said the setup of the campus and the basketball facilities were to his liking. He also hit it off well with coach Bobby Hurley, the former Duke All-American.

“First of all, he’s a legend,’’ Lake said. “He seems like a pretty straightforward guy, and I like that.’’

This season for the 25-7 Reivers, Lake averaged 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds, shooting 67.6 percent from the field as a powerful, back-to-the-basket threat.

“The athleticism and the rebounding that he brings are something that I think will be able to hold up at a high-major level,’’ Iowa Western coach Michael Johnette said. “I know that the thing they were really looking for was interior offense. In today’s basketball, it’s difficult to find guys that score on the interior. He proved against quality competition, high-level competition, that he was able to do those things.’’

Growing up in St. Thomas on the Virgin Islands, Lake followed brothers Devorn and Deshorn into baseball. They both moved to Newport News, Virginia, where Devorn played on a state championship team at Menchville High School and Deshorn eventually was a 12th-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox.

De’Quon played first base, catcher and pitcher, but he kept growing well beyond his brothers, who are about 6-2. He moved to Virginia and was a standout on the Menchville basketball team but received just one NCAA Division II offer after his senior year. That’s why he chose Iowa Western.

Johnette said being relatively new to a sport can be an advantage, when weighed against the hundreds of AAU games some prospects have played.

“For him to be in year five or six of doing this, I think he has maybe some enthusiasm that you kind of lose,’’ Johnette said. “I’ve been really happy and thrilled for him to have these opportunities because he’s earned the right to have these opportunities. He put in the work. He listened to what we asked him to do.

“In some ways he’s a throwback player in that you don’t have to tell him why to do something while you’re teaching. You just tell him to do it.’’

Lake said he expects to contribute immediately for his new team.

“I gained a lot of confidence from this season,’’ he said. “I think I can bring scoring, rebounding, defensing the rim.’’

Johnette said he will use Lake as an example to future players in his program.

“De’Quon is a great story of what Iowa Western and junior college is about,’’ he said. “Potential’s a funny word. Sometimes it means you haven’t done anything yet. I think De’Quon Lake has already proven that he’s done stuff. But the neat thing is he still has so much more to go.’’