Jasper ready for Washington visit

Yet another highly-acclaimed basketball prospect will be making his way to Montlake for an official visit, as Paso Robles (Cali.) PG Derrick Jasper will be heading north on Thursday check out the Huskies. Dawgman.com was able to chat with the playmaking guard from the Golden State and he updated us on how things are progressing.

"I liked it a lot," Jasper said of his visit to the University of Kentucky this past weekend. "They are a great program and they are always highly ranked."

Next up on Jasper's itinerary is a visit to Washington this coming weekend. "Coach (Lorenzo) Romar and coach (Cameron) Dollar just left my house," Jasper said with a chuckle. "The visit went really good. We just talked about their program and what they want me to see on my visit. We just talked about stuff for the visit.

"Coach Romar seems like a players coach. He demands a lot from you, but he praises you when you do well. I like that a lot.

"Washington is an up and coming school. They are bringing it some great recruits right now and they will be an elite program for a while. I really like their style of play because they are so up and down the court. That suits me just fine."

His mother will be in attendance this weekend as Jasper tours the campus and takes in a late summer weekend on the shores of Lake Washington. "I've never been to Seattle before," Jasper stated. "I'm going to be looking at the school, the everyday life of what goes on, the campus and all the other things too. I want the whole experience."

Jasper said that while he can play the two-spot on a team, he prefers the point. "I like setting people up and distributing the ball to guys," Jasper said confidently. "There are a lot of benefits to playing the point. I'm bigger than most point guards, so I can post them up and go at them that way as well."

During the summer, Jasper played on the EBO team with Quincy Pondexter, who is making his official commitment at a Thursday press conference. Does Pondexter's decision have any influence over where Jasper will end up?

"Not really," Jasper said matter-of-factly. "I would like to play with guys I know, but I really need to make the best decision for me. If it works out that I can play with guys I know great, but it really isn't a consideration on where I end up playing."

Following his visit to Washington this weekend, Jasper will be heading to Illinois on September 23rd and to Memphis on October 15th. Jasper noted he has been offered by all four of his top schools.

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