Six-foot-7 paint warrior Hasahn French is now looks like the number one guy on Minnesota’s 2017 radar. French will visit Minnesota in two weekends.
Newly Gopher committed Isaiah Washington has already begun recruiting the 225 pound French telling him on Twitter: “(Hasahn), can we make that happen and make you a Gopher?”
French was impressed that the Gophers were able to land a player as talented as Washington for their Big Ten backcourt for this class.
“That’s a good pick up for Coach Pitino and Minnesota,” French said on Tuesday. “That’s a good pick up because (Isaiah) is a really good guard.”
French is just coming off a visit to Marquette from last weekend who coincidentally just got a commitment from Theo John who was on a visit at Minnesota last weekend when Washington was there.
Hasahn seemed to like the Marquette staff after his time in Milwaukee.
“The visit was nice,” said French. “The coaching staff is really good guys. The best part was playing with the team.
"It was first official visit, I got a better perspective of the school and the people that are at the school and how much the area supports the basketball team. Marquette is all about family. Everybody's real close. They do a lot together."
French said “I will be taking all five official visits and most likely I will sign in the early period”, so what visits are next? French told GI the Gopher visit will definitely over the weekend that Minnesota will play Colorado State in football.
French recently laid out his schedule for Scout.com’s Brian Snow.
“I’m visiting Marquette (September 9-11), Minnesota (September 23-25), St. Louis (September 30 - October 1), and Seton Hall for sure,” said French. Others that have been brought up have been VCU and UMass.
French has also listed offers from Providence, Temple, Arizona State, UNLV, Georgia Tech, St. John’s, and USC in the past half year.
The next visit will be Minnesota unless Hasahn schedules another for this weekend at the last moment.
Three weeks ago when GI spoke with French he talked about his relationship with Minnesota’s coaching staff.
“I’m pretty cool with the Minnesota coaches,” French stated. “Coach Pitino, Coach Kimani, I’m really cool with them. They are moving their program forward and they have been recruiting me for a very long time and they continue to come after me pretty hard.
“I’m really cool with Kimani being from New York and the New York area. He is a pretty cool guy. I’ve been talking to him for a while now as he’s been recruiting to Minnesota for awhile. You can talk to him about anything, basketball or things besides basketball.”
French said something very similar when Brian Snow caught up with French.
“Coach Pitino is a great person,” said French. “When he started recruiting me he was very genuine, him and Kimani. They are guys who care about their players and are in coaching for more than just a pay check.”
What type of school is Hasahn looking for? And what is he looking for in a school?
“I want to go somewhere that I can have a big impact, and dominate. I want a place that my parents are comfortable and my coaches are comfortable. Also I want to have a good relationship with the coaching staff, and just a place that feels like home.”
The Gopher staff watched Hashan play when he was with the PSA Cardinals in the Peach Jam, in the KC Hardwood Classic, and other places in July.
PSA was one of the elite teams in the EYBL this year and French gave the team 6.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and a steal a game playing next to Mohamed Bamba in the frontcourt.
French is listed as the 18th best power forward prospect in the country by Scout.com. Hasahn is also the 139th ranked prospect in the country by another major service and 136th by another major service.
To sum it up French is considered a three star recruit and top 150 player nationally across the board by all the national analysts.