There aren't many post prospects out west with the motor of 6-foot-8, 220-pound Visalia (Calif.) Central Valley Christian 2012 power forward Grant Verhoeven. The big man plays with great energy from whistle to whistle, making him one of the best rebounders out west.
Verhoeven gets away with being the hardest worker on the court right now, but knows he's going to have to keep improving his skill level for college.
"I'm still working on my offensive game," Verhoeven said. "My defense is coming but I've got some great coaches and they're teaching me well. I'm working on my offensive game, my footwork, my post game and my ball handling."
Verhoeven has narrowed down his offer list to four schools he wants to take official visits to - Stanford, California, St. Mary's and Arizona State - although he's open to taking another.
"Schools come in the end so it's open but I'm happy with those four," he said.
Having seen all of the schools on his visit list besides Arizona State already, Verhoeven broke down what he likes about each program.
Stanford: "They have a good program over there; obviously a great education. I'm going to get the best over there."
California: "Same thing as Stanford. They're right there in education and have a good program too."
St. Mary's: "They were ranked for a while last year and it's a small school, but they know how to work."
Arizona State: "I haven't been down there yet but I've talked to the coaches before and I like the coaches so that will be good once I go down there."
Verhoeven says that all four of those schools are even, and that there are a few important qualities he'll be looking for in a school.
"Great coaches, I'd like to be able to mesh with them," he said. "Education comes along with it too. Our travel team goes up and down and I want to go up and down. If we do get stopped in the half court set I want to have enough plays to (keep) it going."
After taking his visits, Verhoeven will then make a decision.
"I'd like to be able to commit in the fall and just be done with it then," he said.
Verhoeven has four officials in mind
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