“There’s a chance for a lot of different schools,” DeLaurier said after his first game of the adidas Uprising with Team Loaded VA. Even schools that have been there since the beginning are right alongside the newer suitors, though they do have a built-in advantage. “I wouldn’t say just because they've been there for a long time, but I definitely have better relationships, and that will play a lot into my decision.”
One of the most recent schools to offer was California, which extended a scholarship in June. DeLaurier has been speaking with Cuonzo Martin and Yanni Hufnagel -- who both watched DeLaurier on Wednesday – quite a bit.
“A lot. I talk to coach Martin and coach Huf pretty frequently. They’re hilarious, great guys,” DeLaurier said.
The best way to characterize DeLaurier at this point is a ball of energy. He works hard at both ends of the floor, is a conscientious rebounder and a hard-nosed, athletic, physical talent. The 6-foot-9, 210-pounder, though, is not quite polished just yet.
“Most schools, just doing the same thing – sort of just a forward,” DeLaurier said. “With my height and my mobility, once my skill develops, and catches up with everything else, they can see me developing my perimeter game a little bit more, and becoming I guess what you’d call a small forward at the next level, but we’ll see.”
What he does have is toughness, and that’s something that Martin prizes. That’s what he aimed for in the 2015 class, and he got it, with two five-star prospects in Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown. That didn’t go unnoticed by DeLaurier.
“Oh, my gosh, the class of 2015 was crazy,” DeLaurier said. “Definitely amazing, and I’ll be interested in watching what they do this year, for sure. With that great class, there’s always the chance that a lot of them wouldn’t be there, in theory, when I would be, which is something to account for, but I definitely like what Cal has to offer. They’ve got a lot of spotlight from that class. It was a game-changer.”
This week, DeLaurier has been able to play with fellow four-star big men Sacha Killeya-Jones and Mamadi Diakite -- both 6-foot-10. When asked if he likes to shoulder the load, or share it with others like those twin towers, DeLaurier pauses to reflect. He’s not quite sure.
“I don’t know. It’s great playing with these guys. It’s a lot of fun,” DeLaurier said. “Not only are they great teammates, but we’re friends off the court, and we’ve known each other for a while. In that regard, I guess it would be a little different, because we have good relationships, but it’s a lot of fun playing with talent.”
That answer throws into sharp relief DeLaurier’s earlier assessment of the potential pair of one-and-dones Martin has brought in. If the Bears can land more talent in 2016 – a class started off by three-star local product Oscar Frayer -- there could be the kind of talent in that class that DeLaurier could see himself playing with. DeLaurier is not sure when or where he will take his visits, but he will start announcing officials after the July open viewing period.
Academically, DeLaurier has a 3.6 GPA and got a 32 on his ACT.