Although his friend Trey'von Hopkins committed to Boise State a few days before he did Jaycson Bereal made it clear that his decision to give his verbal to be a Bronco was all his own. He said that he and Trey are friends, but that didn't make a big impact on his decision.
“Trey and I have always been friends, but when he committed I was just getting into Boise, and I didn't get to see all the things I wanted to see yet,” he said. However, he did say although it wasn't the reason for his choice, he thought of it as “a plus.”
When asked what the key factors were impacting his decision to commit to wearing the blue and orange he began with high praise for the coaching staff. “I love the coaching staff,” he stated. “Everybody, coach Rice, coach Beckner, coach Burns, coach Acker, all of the coaches. They made me feel like this was the place for me, and we were all on the same page 100%.”
Bereal is a gifted athlete, and has a reputation for playing above the rim. However, he can also shoot the ball, and has the ability to be a weapon underneath or out on the perimeter.
He said he was coming to Boise State to do whatever is asked of him. He mentioned that the coaching staff compared him to Chandler Hutchison, which is a huge compliment. But, one view of his highlight film, and you can certainly see why. While he isn't to that level yet, his attitude, ability, and room to grow makes him a player to watch.
Jay was impressed with the facilities at Boise State, and the surrounding campus. “The facilities were A-1, it doesn't really get much better than that” he said, and the campus was “beautiful.” He also mentioned that the people “were so friendly” wherever he went.
The city of Boise was equally impressive to the Tulsa resident. “Boise was really, really enjoyable, it reminded me of home, and I really, really liked it.”
Family is important to Bereal, and when asked what his parents thought of everything he said, “My parents are very on board with it. I took my dad with me on my visit, and he told me that he thinks this is where you need to go, I think you could be successful here.”
He didn't know what the time-line would be when it comes to signing. He said he still hasn't talked with his family about all that, but when asked if his commitment to be a Bronco was solid he quickly answered, “absolutely.”
There were several takeaways from the conversation with Jay. Family and faith are important to him, he has a love and passion for the game of basketball, and his outgoing, positive attitude is the kind that is contagious. He seems like he would be a great addition for the Broncos both on, and off the court.
“I like to bring excitement wherever I go,” he said at one point in the conversation. Boise State fans should be equally excited that Bereal has given the Broncos his verbal commitment.