Gasser talks about commitment

Hans Gasser, who led his Issaquah hoops team to the Class 3A championship game for the first time in the history of the school, has verbally committed to the Washington Huskies to play basketball this fall. The 6-10, 230-pound Gasser, who scored 28 points and pulled down 11 boards in the 65-56 loss to Rainier Beach, made his decision yesterday during an unofficial visit to the school.

"I went there yesterday and made the decision then," Gasser told "The Tuesday or Wednesday after the championship game, Coach (Lorenzo) Romar called and said he had a scholarship available for me. Then he came by on a Sunday for an in-home visit and he made a really good impression on me. After that I was thinking about Washington more and more and I think last week was when I really settled into my decision.

"I wanted to wait on it a little bit until I heard back from some of the other schools, but when I didn't hear back I didn't want to wait."

Hans will sign a letter of intent April 15th at his high school.

Besides being close to home, the Huskies have everything Gasser is looking for in a program. "I think they have a bright future with Coach Romar," Hans said. "I think they are going the right way. I like the campus and I think I have plenty of room to grow."

Hans added that he has not talked to Romar about redshirting. "I want to be able to challenge for a starting role right away," he said.

The Huskies were the second college to offer Hans a scholarship. The first school was Eastern Washington. USC and Stanford were also expressing interest. "I was also interested a little in Gonzaga, but they didn't have a scholarship available, so I would have had to walk on," he said.

Gasser brings an impressive resume to Montlake. The two-time KingCo 3A MVP averaged over 21 points a game his senior season, leading Issaquah to it's first ever league championship. With help from teammates Evan Cohn and Garrison Carr, Hans took the Indians to places they had never been before. He was named to the 3A all-tournament team, as well as the Star Times team.

But he wasn't always 230 pounds. For much of his junior season and the summer, he was below 200 pounds. He knew he needed to bulk up, for more reasons than one. "Weight was a big thing in helping me rebound better, just getting after it more on the boards. But also, when I would go into the post I had all these moves I was working on, so when I got down there I just wouldn't know which one to use.

"So I worked hard on just a couple of moves so that I had a 'go-to' move."

All the hard work in the summer paid off, as Hans called this last season 'a perfect senior season'. "We lost a couple of early games to Mercer Island and Bremerton, but then we ended up winning the first KingCo championship in school history and got all the way to the first championship game in school history."

"We played with (Rainier) Beach for three quarters, but couldn't hold them off."

Gasser has made a lot of history in his career at Issaquah. As a junior, he led the Indians to their first state appearance since 1984.

During the summers, Hans has been playing AAU ball for the Emerald City Pioneers. He played alongside Florida-bound Ryan Appleby, as well as Lake Washington star Andrew Haskins. "It's definitely less organized than in high school," Gasser said of the summer leagues. "It's more guard-oriented, as you usually take the first open look you can get.

"But I credit our coach, Jason Baskett, for organizing some sets for us."

Hans wasn't getting too much recruiting attention his junior year and the following summer, but he wasn't deterred. "I was sick a lot over the summer, so I didn't talk to a lot of schools," he said. "I wanted to wait until schools could see me play during school. That way they could see me play my best, see what I'm all about."

And the attention came. "I would say around January 17th, the Mercer Island game. After that, a bunch of schools started calling me," Hans said. Washington was one of those schools. Ironically enough, even though Seattle and Issaquah are only separated by a few miles, they could have been worlds apart as far as Gasser was concerned.

"They talked to me in May when they could, but that was about it," he said. "They really didn't send me much mail."

The run to the Class 3A championship game changed all that. And when Hans gets to UW this fall, he won't be taking up his customary role as the 5. "Washington recruited me more as a 4 (power forward), which is what I like," Gasser said. "I think my inside-outside game is my strength.

"When they get tired of me inside, I can step out." Top Stories