James Don Switches Commitment from Army West Point to Arizona State for 2021

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High school senior James Don, who originally announced his verbal pledge to Army West Point last summer, has made a change of commitment and will attend Arizona State University next fall.

“After further consideration, I am extremely excited to announce my commitment to Arizona State University. I would like to thank @coach_bowman and the ASU coaching staff for this amazing opportunity. I would also like to thank my coaches, family, and friends who have supported me through my career. FORKS UP!🔱”

Don will graduate this spring from Northern Valley Demarest Regional High School in Demarest, New Jersey. He does his club swimming with Scarlet Aquatics and specializes in distance free and IM. As a junior, he won the 200 IM (1:53.76) and 500 free (4:35.09) at the Bergen County Meet of Champions and notched PBs in the 500/1000/1650 free and 100/200 breast at the 2019 EEX Holiday Classic. He won all three distance free events and came in 9th in the 200 free, 17th in the 100 breast, and 8th in the 200 breast. In January 2020, he swam at PSS Knoxville and clocked a PB of 1:57.43 in the 200m free. The rest of his long course PBs come from New Jersey Junior Olympics in the summer of 2019, including 400 free (4:08.30), 800 free (8:26.43), 1500 free (16:06.48), and 200 breast (2:26.35).

Top SCY times:

  • 500 free – 4:30.53
  • 1000 free – 9:14.20
  • 1650 free – 15:29.97
  • 100 breast – 58.57
  • 200 breast – 2:05.61
  • 200 IM – 1:53.68
  • 400 IM – 4:03.06

Don will join the Sun Devils’ class of 2025 with Chris Harig, Christian Osterndorf, Dylan Gravley, Essias Smith, Ethan Hansen, Jackson Stallworth, Jeremy Graunke, Léon Marchand, and Patrick Sammon.

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1 month ago

Second recruit to de-commit from Army in a short time period. Never seen that before and now its happened twice.

Last edited 1 month ago by thezwimmer
Reply to  thezwimmer
1 month ago

Maybe these guys didn’t get into the school?

Reply to  Swim85
1 month ago

Like the Ivies, committing is not a guarantee of acceptance. Just means you really want to go there.

Reply to  Swim85
1 month ago

I had a friend commit to a service academy for swimming only to find out he was colorblind and could not attend. Things happen.

1 month ago

ASU is a 180 from army

1 month ago

Congratulations, James! I don’t blame you for choosing a better quality education. Arizona State is the #1 ranked school for innovation and will prepare you well for your future goals.

Reply to  Guy
1 month ago

ASU is not even close to West Point in terms of education. If he wants to party, then that’s a different conversation

Reply to  Louis
1 month ago

@Louis West Point is not the gold standard of education. Their focus is on developing Army officers moreso than great engineers. If you don’t pursue a difficult STEM major, any university is party, party.

Reply to  Guy
1 month ago

This is sarcasm right?

Reply to  Guy
1 month ago

The only place ASU provides a better quality education than is clown college. It’s certainly not better than one of the most prestigious colleges in the world.

CLowe - USAFA '88
Reply to  Guy
1 month ago

I’m assuming you’re joking right? If not, you know nothing about a Service Academy education.

Jamie Uptgraft
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1 month ago


Reply to  Guy
1 month ago

True if you’re talking the ASU College of Engineering and Computer Sciences. There’s no doubt that ASU’s Comp Sci program is one of the top in the nation. Can’t say that for their Business and Liberal Arts colleges. That’s party central over there.

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