One of the toughest kids in the class of 2017 is Hasahn French. Though slightly undersized, French is one of the more productive power forwards in the class, and now he is beginning to take a long look at his recruitment.
About his summer overall, French said, “The summer was pretty good. I feel like I played well. I feel I broke out this summer. A lot of the things people said I couldn’t do things that I feel like I did. Also we had a great team. I don’t like how we went out in the Peach Jam title game, but I am happy that we got there.”
On the recruiting side of things four schools are set to get visits from French.
“I’m visiting Marquette (September 9-11), Minnesota (September 23-25), St. Louis (September 30 - October 1), and Seton Hall for sure,” noted French.
When it comes to Marquette, French said, “They do great with players who can play three or four. They also do good with players who want to develop like myself.”
He continued, “If you look at Henry Ellenson, he did everything, their development is like a main thing for me. Also the coaches really care about their players, and it seems like a family there.”
Minnesota is another school that has made French a priority, and he likes the situation there.
“Coach (Richard) Pitino is a great person,” said French of the Golden Gophers. “When he started recruiting me he was very genuine, him and Kimani (Young). They are guys who care about their players and are in coaching for more than just a pay check.”
French made an extended unofficial visit to St. Louis during the month of June, and since then the Billikens have been a major factor in his recruitment.
“Coach (Travis) Ford is a great person and coach,” said French. “He’s easy to talk to. You can be friends with him. When I was younger he was in one of my favorite movies, so to know him in person is great.”
French continued about St. Louis, “The campus there is great. Going there for an unofficial visit, it was nice, and it changed my mind on the school. It showed me that it is a beautiful place with great facilities.”
When it comes to Seton Hall, French said, “They embrace gritty players like myself. If you look at who they have won with, it has been tough kids who want to do all of the little things to help the team win. Also I really like Coach (Kevin) Willard and his staff.”
While French doesn’t currently want to lock himself into any specific timeframe for making a decision, he does know what he is looking for in the school he will commit to.
“Definitely I want to go somewhere that I can have a big impact, and dominate,” said French. “I want a place that my parents are comfortable and my coaches are comfortable. Also I want to have a good relationship with the coaching staff, and just a place that feels like home.”