Derrick Jasper Not in Gopher Picture

Gophers fans who were hoping that Derrick Jasper, a 6-foot-6 wing who recently decided to transfer from Kentucky, might consider Minnesota, will be disappointed. Jasper is considering several western schools, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Jasper is considering UCLA, San Diego State, Long Beach State, USC and UNLV.

Derrick Jasper is coming off a sophomore season where he underwent microfracture knee surgery as he averaged 4.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in 20 games. Jasper started 27 games and averaged 3.9 points and 3.6 rebounds as a freshman.

UNLV is thought to be the favorite as it would reunite Jasper with former Fresno-based EBP AAU teammate Tre'Von Willis, a transfer from Memphis.

Jasper was the tournament MVP of the Adidas Super 64 Tournament in Las Vegas in 2005, while playing on an EBO team that included Willis, former Stanford standouts Brook and Robin Lopez and Washington's Quincy Pondexter. That squad was one of the most talented teams this writer has seen.

Minnesota currently has two scholarships available after receiving a commitment from Royce White. They are heavily involved with Cooper forward Rodney Williams and have offers to Glen Rice and Daniel Miller and are close to offering Chris Colvin and Trevor Williams.


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