Justin Rochelin, a 6-foot-5 wing at Heritage Christian School in Northridge, California, became Arizona State’s third commit of the 2021 class when he announced the decision via Twitter Saturday.
After he was offered a scholarship by the Sun Devils on Oct. 4, Rochelin said additional conversations with the team’s coaches in recent days gave him confidence in making the pledge.
“We had Zooms and I would talk to the coaches a lot, they’d call me here and there, most days,” Rochelin said. “It was more than basketball, they’d check up on how I was doing, my family, and even in terms of the court, how much of an impact I could make coming there, how much better they can make me.
“I’ve always been high on ASU the past couple years though, just what they’ve done with their guards, the playstyle, it’s been appealing to me. I just love the coaches and everything about it.”
The No. 252 overall recruit and No. 51 small forward in the 247sports Composite, Rochelin is the son of former UCLA forward Charles Rochelin, who played for the Bruins from 1985-89.
“He thinks it’s a really good fit, especially my playstyle,” Rochelin said. ‘He thinks I can be like in the next line of guards they have. Even on the defensive front, I take pride on my defense and really get after it.”
Rochelin joins Glendale (Ariz.) Dream City Christian guard Demari Williams and Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy forward William Felton on ASU’s commit list in what looks to be a big recruiting cycle for the program.
The Sun Devils are likely to lose star guards Remy Martin and Alonzo Verge Jr. following this season and could see one or both of their high-profile freshmen, guard Joshua Christopher and forward Marcus Bagley, move on to the NBA.
Rochelin, who according to Maxpreps averaged 9.3 points in an injury-plagued junior season of 14 games, wants to be a versatile guard capable of stepping into an immediate role at ASU. He believes he’s made a lot of progress with his game during a year in which most progress has been largely unseen by outside observers with no high school games expected in California until March.
“We’re working out right now and I really feel the more I wait, the better I get,” he said. “I’m like 50 times better than last season. I’m taller, bigger, faster, stronger, all that stuff. I’m 10-15 pounds heavier (up to 190 pounds), my bounce is even more.
“My passing is very underrated. I really take pride in my IQ, so I think I can play both on and off the ball.”
Cal, Florida, Houston, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego State, TCU, San Diego State, Yale, Penn, Temple, Tulsa, UC-Santa Barbara and Washington State are some of the 20 schools that reportedly offered Rochelin a scholarship.
“Rochelin is a guy that made waves during the spring and early summer of 2019 because of his size, ability to create a shot and long-distance shooting ability,” said 247Sports National Analyst Eric Bossi. “He appeared to be primed for a big junior season but had to deal with injury issues throughout the year that kept him from showing what he could do.
“In a strange recruiting cycle, he’s a guy who appears to have big upside and ASU had to do their homework to uncover him. He’s got all of the measurables and should be considered a take with a high ceiling to improve.”