Taeshon Cherry Transferring To GCU

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Former Arizona State forward Taeshon Cherry is moving cross-town to Grand Canyon University. In the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, the former Sun Devil announced his transfer to the Lopes. 

A highly-touted high school player and key member of the Sun Devils 2018 recruiting class out of Foothills Christian High School in Southern California, Cherry averaged 5.1 points and 2.9 rebounds over the course of three seasons in maroon and gold. 

This past year, he played in only seven games, putting up 27 points in that span, before taking a permanent leave of absence due to personal matters. After the season, Cherry’s name appeared in the transfer portal.

In Tempe, Cherry was bothered by a few injuries and the highly-rated recruit had his ups and downs, but now he’ll get a fresh slate with Lopes head coach Bryce Drew in Phoenix. 

When at the top of his game, Cherry has brought energy to the floor with his rebounding and can space the floor with his three-point shot, such as his 12-point and six rebound game in January 2019 against Oregon State. ASU was 8-1 during Cherry’s career when he had double-digit scoring efforts. 

It’ll be a matter of consistently finding his stride with GCU. Cherry was one of two ASU players who entered the transfer portal this offseason, along with point guard and former Shadow Mountain product Jaelen House.