Men's Hoops Signs 3 to National Letters of Intent

Colorado State University men's basketball coach Dale Layer today announced three players have signed national letters of intent with the Rams' program. All three players are all-star performers from the state of Texas. The three men's basketball letter of intent signees include:

  • Stuart Creason, a seven-foot, 250-pound center from Coppell, Tex., will enroll at Colorado State for the fall semester of 2003-04. Creason plays for one of the top prep programs in the state of Texas at Coppell High in suburban Dallas. He was a double-figurer scorer who also averaged 4.5 blocked shots per game last season. "Stuart is a very talented student-athlete who will make an outstanding contribution to our program" said Layer. "He is an outstanding competitor who works very hard every day, whether he is on the court or in the classroom. I know that he will bring that same work ethic into our program. "Stuart will fit in well with the student-athletes on our team and help us reach the goals we've set for success in our program." Creason earned all-district honors last season as a junior at Coppell when he averaged 10 points and seven rebounds per game. Creason joins fellow Texas natives Stephen Verwers (Weatherford) and Phillip Thomasson (Burleson) to comprise the Rams' 2003-04 early signing period recruiting class. The trio forms what is arguably among the finest recruiting classes in school history. Several publications and basketball websites have listed the three-member recruiting group among the top 35 classes in the country. Since Layer took over control of the program three seasons ago, eight student-athletes who played either high school or junior college basketball in the state of Texas are currently on the team (five) or will enroll next year (3).
  • Phillip Thomasson, regarded as one of the top prep players in the nation, is a six-foot, seven-inch, 215-pound forward from Burleson, Tex., will enroll at Colorado State for the fall semester of 2003-04. Thomasson enters his final season at Burleson High having averaged in 21 points and eight rebounds per game last season as a junior. He is a four-year starter and letterwinner who earned second-team all-state honors in 2001 as a junior. "Phillip is an exceptional player and we are thrilled that he is joining our program. Not only he is a tremendous player, but he is an even better individual," said Layer. "We have had the good fortune during the past three years at Colorado State to attract outstanding student-athletes who have had an impact both athletically and academically on our basketball program. "Phillip is another one of those individuals. I believe that he will impress everyone associated with our program not only with his outstanding basketball ability, but with his work ethic, dedication, and willingness to improve on the court and in the classroom on a daily basis. We are thrilled to have a player of Phillip's stature joining our program. He will fit in well with the student-athletes in our program and help us reach the goals we've set for success in our program." Thomasson is one of the most highly regarded players to ever join Colorado State's men's basketball program. He was also recruited by Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and North Carolina. With an ability to play either forward position, he was rated the fourth best player in the state of Texas by Mike Kunstadt's TEXAS BASKETBALL REVIEW, and was listed as the 10th best prospect in the Southeast region by the Ron Briscoe regional report. Thomasson was also listed among the top 90 players nationally by FoxSports.comm.
  • Stephen Verwers, regarded as one of the finest prep players in the nation, signed a national letter of intent to enroll at Colorado State University. Verwers, a six-foot, 10-inch, 225-pound front line player from Weatherford, Tex., will enroll at Colorado State for the fall semester of 2003-04. Verwers has played from the Weatherford Express, and independent home school team in Parker County. He averaged 15 points and nine rebounds plus three blocked shots last year. "Stephen is one of the most talented players in the nation," said Layer. "He is an outstanding student-athlete who brings a high level of skill to our program. He will be a force inside for our program for many years to come. "He has a tremendous work ethic. Stephen is an individual who each day in class and on the court works extremely hard to improve. He will be a tremendous asset to our men's basketball program. Stephen will fit in well with the student-athletes on our team and help us reach the goals we've set for success in our program." Verwers is one of the most highly regarded players to ever join Colorado State's men's basketball program. He was also recruited by Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and TCU. He was rated the ninth best player in the state of Texas by Mike Kunstadt's TEXAS BASKETBALL REVIEW, and was listed among the top 85 senior players nationally by Theinsidershoops.com.

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