DU basketball has but one open scholarship to offer for 2017.
After DU’s recent summer Elite Camp and coaching staff road trips to various AAU tournaments around the country, Verbal Commits has reported that DU has extended offers to 11 prospects – and the numbers are likely to increase.
While the pool of potential recruits appears large, all the 2017 DU candidates have received multiple offers from other schools. Over time, there will be a natural narrowing of interest. During the Joe Scott era, offers were usually reserved later in the process, often following a campus visit and academic screening. Rodney Billups’ approach is to express serious interest earlier in the process. Neither approach is right or wrong – just a difference in philosophy. With the growth of social media, prospects like to announce their offer on Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms.
Seven of the 11 offers were extended to point guards while only one offer went to a big man – 6’8″ power forward Evan Cole from Cumming, Georgia. The remaining three were given to shooting guards.
Expressing interest opens the door for the Denver staff to review academic information, gauge interest, and schedule campus visits. Most prospect visits are likely to occur in the fall so they can get a feel for DU’s campus when the fall quarter is in session. Of course, some prospects may elect to not visit Denver in favor of other schools while other prospects may have scheduled formal visits to DU as well as other schools.
According to sources close to the program, the Denver coaching staff has formally developed a list of key characteristics that they look for in a top recruit and they will be screening the prospects in these areas over the next several months. Beside superior basketball skills, two other critical areas are character and academic fit.
LetsGoDU will review our top 3-4 prospects for 2017 early this fall.
The hard part begins when prospects make their final school choice, often before their senior high school basketball season begins so they do not face distractions during their final prep season.
In other news, Joe Rosga is off to Italy to play four games with Athletes in Action; A hometown article on C. J. Bobbitt featured a comment by Chauncey Billups that he has NBA potential with better conditioning – so expect Bobbitt to come into the season in great shape; Finally, the word from summer practices was very positive, especially for Denver’s three new freshmen Jake Krafka, Luke Neff, and Ade Murkey. They will have their hands full filling in for the departed senior’s Nate Engesser, Marcus Byrd, and Bryant Rucker.