Gophers offer explosive PF Jake Forrester

Minnesota has been tracking 6-foot-8, 210 pound explosive power forward Jake Forester for some time now and after a weekend with the 4th ranked PSA Cardinals the Gophers extended a scholarship offer.

PSA went 4-0 over the weekend beating Spiece Indy Heat, Playground Elite, LV Prospects and Nike Phamily out of California.  Jake Forrester was excited how the EYBL year started.

“I think the first weekend went well,’ Forrester explained. “I played really hard against some great competition. My motor ran all game and I think I performed well.

“As a team we played great. We finished 4-0 and are continuing to gel together as a team. I am very proud.”

After the weekend Miami and Minnesota offered Forrester scholarships bringing his number to over 20 offers at various levels.

“I am grateful for the Minnesota offer and definitely going to expand my relationship with them as well,” Jake said to GI moments after receiving the offer.

“I don't know much about Minnesota yet but I know they have been a very successful program and a known name in the past. I want to learn more.”

Jake's offer list also includes VCU, Auburn, Temple, Pitt, Seton Hall, Kansas State, UCF, Providence, Indiana, St Joseph’s, Penn State, and others.

The list is getting so long that Forester has a hard time pinning down exactly who is showing the strongest interest saying “that’s such a hard question”.  As far as other teams showing interest, there is a nice group.

“Notre Dame, UVA, Vandy, Pitt, Arizona State, South Carolina, there's more,” Forrester said.

Jake will look at taking visits to schools after the spring AAU run falls off some.  Forrester lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania so the plan is to get out and see as many of the interested programs that he can quickly get to.

What’s in front of Forrester and the Cardinals is a week in Indianapolis playing in the EYBL.   They will then be off a week, on a week in May playing in Atlanta  (second weekend of May) and Los Angeles (fourth weekend of May).

“We must continue to play tough defense and continue to grow as a team if we want to accomplish our goals,” Forrester said.  “And you know what the goal is and that is to win it all!”

Jake is used to winning.  His Westtown High School team went 29-3 this year and won a state title plus they finished the winter ranked 8th in the country among all high school programs.

“My school season at Westtown has definitely changed me into a different player,” Jake said recently. “I’m still finishing above the rim, I’m putting the ball on the floor and shooting jump shots.”

Forrester is exactly the type of athletic frontcourt player that Minnesota looks for.  In addition to his 6-foot-8/6-foot-9 height with great bounce and agility, Jake has a nine foot standing reach and a seven foot wingspan.

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