Sun Devil WBB announces the signing of local standout Trayanna Crisp
TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State University head women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne today announced local superstar Trayanna Crisp, rated a four-star and Top 100 student-athlete by ESPN.com, signed a national letter of intent to study and play basketball at Arizona State.
"We are overjoyed to announce the addition of Tray Crisp to our Sun Devil women's basketball family," Turner Thorne said. "I have no doubt anyone who follows high school basketball in the Valley of the Sun is familiar with Tray's many successes and phenomenal skills and athleticism. She is a strong, savvy combo guard who is going to be outstanding on both sides of the ball. She can create for herself and others and has a great feel for the game."
A five-foot-eight combo guard who is rated No. 20 in the nation at her position by ESPN.com, Crisp will continue to play in front of the hometown fans that witnessed her win state championships as a freshman and sophomore while playing for Goodyear Millennium High School. A first-team all-region selection, most recently Crisp averaged 14.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists in helping lead PHH Prep to the Grind Session girls basketball world championship.
As a sophomore, Crisp, who has returned to Millennium for her senior season, was recognized as the 5A offensive player of the year for per-game contributions of 14.8 points, 3.6 steals, 3.0 assists 4.2 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the field.
Crisp's impact with Millennium was as sudden as it was superb as she contributed 9.7 points, 2.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game as a freshman in helping Millennium win the first of consecutive state titles.
"We first met Tray as an eighth grader at our annual team camp and got to know her even better when she attended our Sun Devil Elite Camp," Turner Thorne said. "Not only did we see a fierce competitor and skilled player, but also a young woman of high character. While there are a lot of talented high school players across the country, Tray truly loves the game and that in and of itself will help separate her at the highest level."
Below are quotes from coaches who have worked with Crisp throughout her career:
Ben Boyd, Crisp's coach at Arizona Select:
"Trayanna has been a part of our program since the seventh grade. She is one of the most competitive players we have had come through our program and that competitive drive has allowed her to develop into a top 100 player in the country for her class. She has been a huge part of our success with both club and prep and was a key piece as we won the Grind Session World Championship with PHH Prep last year. ASU is getting a tremendous player, teammate and person."
Cory Rojeck, Crisp's former coach at Millennium:
"Trayanna is one of the fiercest competitors I had the honor of coaching while at Millennium High School. A two-time state champion in Arizona, Tray can do it all: defend, score and create for her teammates. She is someone who will compete day in, and day out. Her desire to be great not only raises her game, but also everyone that she plays with."
Kevin Thomas, Crisp's current coach at Millennium:
"Tray has shown an incredible amount of leadership by example. Her feel for the game is incredible and her strength going to the basket is really impressive. There is really nothing she can't do. She has an incredible IQ for the game and we are very excited about her future."
Coming off a 71-41 season-opening win over Northern Colorado on Tuesday night, the Sun Devils return to action on Friday (7 p.m. MST) when they host Minnesota at Desert Financial Arena. Briann January, one of the most iconic student-athletes in the history of Sun Devil Women's Basketball and one of the WNBA's most consistent high-level performers since 2009, will have her No. 20 jersey honored and displayed from the rafters of Desert Financial Arena on Friday.