Six-foot-7, 225 pound power forward Hasahn French finished up a fantastic July last week and today cut his list down to the 13 scholarship offers that he is most interested in.
That list of schools included the following: Minnesota, UNLV, UMASS, Temple, Georgia Tech, USC, Saint Louis, Providence, Seton Hall, St. Johnson, Marquette, VCU, and Arizona State.
So what is next for Hasahn? GI caught up with him shortly after his announcement and French told us what he is looking for in a school.
“Location really doesn’t matter to me,” said French. “The School just has to be a good fit for me to play at and attend school. I’m looking for a school that treats its team like a family.”
French won’t waste any time in getting out to visit programs as next week he will go see a pair.
“Next week I’m going to visit VCU and UMASS,” French told Scout.com
The Middleton, New York native out of Commonwealth Academy has had offers from VCU and UMASS for 16 months. They were among the first programs to offer him along with some local schools like Wagner and Manhatten (who offered in the fall of 2013).
Providence and Seton Hall were the first high major programs to offer followed by Minnesota and Nebraska. The Gopher staff has had assistant Kimani Young and Head Coach Richard Pitino at several of French’s EYBL games this year including against MoKan in the Peach Jam final when French had four scores in the loss.
Young followed Hasahn, and his PSA Cardinals, to Kansas City last weekend representing the Gophers for two days. PSA won four of five games and the Gophers were at three of them, maybe more. Minnesota has been on French for a long time and have made an impression.
“Their coaching staff is good at Minnesota and they show me a lot of love,” said French. “I hear a lot from Coach Young and Coach Pitino.”
In 22 EYBL games this year French averaged 6.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks shooting 49.6 percent from the floor (took 5-6 shots a game) in 22 minutes a game for the EYBL runner-up.
“I think I played very well and shocked a lot of people,” said French. “My ball handling skills improved this year, free throw shooting improved, and I’m learning how to dominate the game in multiple ways.”
French totaled double figures in seven of his last eight EYBL regular season games including five double-doubles in that time. French played on the same team as standout names Mohamed Bamba, Cole Anthony, Brandon Randolph, and Quadre Green.