Verwers Made Great Strides

It seems as though each year a home schooled standout makes his way to Division I basketball. Meet Stephen Verwers, this year's best home schooled player.

The Light Went On This Summer

Stephen Verwers probably doesn't even realize this, but in May, he was regarded by observers as a low to mid-major player. And then July came.

As is often the case with big man, the proverbial "light went on" with Verwers. At the Nike Peach Jam, college coaches' jaws dropped as they witnessed his coming out party. Verwers played with a spirit, desire and intensity that were previously missing.

In May, he seemed introverted and reluctant to step up. In July, he was outspoken, barked out defensive assignments and attacked the rim like he'd been doing it for years. Somehow, he had taken his game up a few levels and was looking every bit like a high-major prospect.

"It wasn't much of a secret [to the success]," Verwers said. "I just wanted to win and if nobody else wanted to win, I did. That was really it. They'd be talking about all these people. I had no idea who they were. It didn't matter to me.

"We played Raymond Felton and I didn't know who that guy was."

Being unfamiliar with the competition is one thing but what we saw out of Verwers had little to do with the knowledge of his foes. He was a better, actually much better, basketball player in July than he was in May. "I learned a few new post moves at Colorado State's [elite] camp and that was it."

Colorado State, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Texas Christian, Kansas and SMU have expressed interest. Verwers said he's set in-home visits up with most of them. His official to Colorado State is Oct. 11.

"I don't really know much about their schools. I always wanted to play for one of those schools so I knew whatever I had to do I would do it. I just started playing hard."

Verwers said that his parents went to public high school in Texas and they decided to home school him at a very early age. His home school team follows the Texas private school rules. He averaged about 27 points a game last year.

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