One of the players blowing up on the national scene this July is Texas native and Class of 2017 small forward Jase Febres.
The 6-foot-5 Febres has shown himself to be a good perimeter shooter during the summer playing with Texas Pro as he's picked up a bunch of scholarship offers, including from N.C. State.
Febres is intrigued by what the Wolfpack have to offer as he's hoping to take an official visit to campus at some point. Since many of the schools recruiting Febres come from Texas, he's hoping to use his officials to see campuses that are far away from home.
"Hopefully out-of-state schools, because I’m able to travel inside Texas. So want to take all my officials out of state. N.C. State is one I’m really trying to look at, Boise also. I’ve already been to Houston, Rice, and a couple of those schools," Febres said.
Since Las Vegas ended, Febres has picked up scholarship offers from Stanford, TCU, Texas Tech, Washington State and West Virginia. N.C. State was one of the first high-major programs to really make Febres a priority and he's feeling the love since he was hurt for a lot of the spring and blew up late.
Many schools didn't get a chance to see Febres play this spring since he was recovering from injury.
"In the beginning before the whole AAU season started I only had one offer, and that was Rice. Throughout this and the beginning of Atlanta, I’m up to [a lot more] offers now," Febres said.
"I was setback from my hip injury, but starting in South Carolina that’s when I was 100-percent healthy and able to go out and show what I can do. I’ve really been kind of blowing up. I wasn’t able to play in Dallas, and Atlanta I wasn’t 100 percent [during the spring].
Febres has drawn high-major attention because he has good size on the wing and he's been deadly from the perimeter during the summer. In Spartenburg, South Carolina for the adidas Gauntlet Finale, Febres averaged 12.0 points, 3.6 rebounds per game while shooting 47 percent from three-point range. In Vegas, it was more of the same for Febres as he put up 13.4 points, 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 41 percent from three-point range.
"Just being able to shoot it [caught the attention of coaches]." Febres said. "I think I went 19-for-30 in the first couple of days, so my shot was really on."
As for what he's looking for in a future school, Febres is trying to get a good education and find a coaching staff that is going to put him in place to succeed.
"Education number one and the second thing is being around a coaching staff that’s going to develop me and really work on my weaknesses with me and just making sure I’m able to expand my game and make sure I’m a complete player," Febres said.
Febres is currently regarded as a three-star player on Scout.com, but after his breakout month, he could find himself moving up to four-star status or potentially in the top 100.