2017 Texas PRO wing Jase Febres missed the spring eval period recovering from a hip injury, but once he got back this summer, his recruitment has taken off. Febres has been a key piece on a solid Texas PRO squad and he's happy to be back and contributing.
"I've been able to show what I can do. It got kind of cut short last live period so I've been doing my best," Febres said. "I just made sure I stayed in the gym and didn't relax. I made sure I got my shots up, but playing live and all that was hard."
Febres recruitment has taken off, but he's taking the time to reflect a bit as his last summer on the circuit comes to an end.
"It's always been really fun. I've been playing in these tournaments for 4-5 years now and I never thought this would come," Febres told Pony Stampede. "I'm just trying to enjoy it and take advantage of it all. It's been a blessing."
Texas PRO lost to Swag House and Marcus Garrett in bracket play, but was hitting on all cylinders most of the weekend.
"We've been moving the ball and playing as a team. We all really know where we're going to be and be in our spots so we're playing together like we've been playing together for 10 years."
Boise State, San Diego, Baylor, Nebraska, Kansas State, TCU and SMU have been recruiting Febres the hardest so far. Boise State, TCU, San Diego, Kansas State and others have offered.
NC State, TCU, Boise State, Kansas State and Houston are standing out for Febres. Houston and TCU are standing out a little bit more due to their style of play.
"Just the way they play. They really fit my game. It's all happening really fast so after this live period, I'm really going to evaluate and see which ones fit me best," Febres said.
SMU has kept up with Febres through assistant coach KT Turner, who continues to evaluate Febres and is building a good relationship with Febres.
"He just says keep playing hard. He's been watching my games and he's very supportive. He sounds like he really knows what he's doing and knows how to develop his players to get them to the next level."
With Larry Brown's departure, there was some thought it might hurt SMU's recruiting, but Febres said that if Tim Jankovich can keep winning, it doesn't matter too much.
"It just depends on how the players show their composure and if they're going to go out there and win games. That's all that really matters."
In August, Febres plans to take his visits including official visits to Boise State and NC State due to their distance. He plans to sign in the early period. Febres has identified what he wants in a school too.
"Just education and the coaching staff being there that will develop me as a player. I've already said that early playing time isn't going to be a main priority to me if I was going to be able to develop the way I should as a player and everything."
The Scout recruiting team had Febres pegged as one of the breakout performers from the first eval period this summer. Febres has been able to get to the basket extremely well, but his shot has been falling all live period.
"Wing prospect Jase Febres made a huge impression at the adidas Gauntlet Finale. Febres combines good size with high level athleticism, and a big time shooting stroke to be someone who college coaches all over the state of Texas and beyond are going to be intrigued with."