Photo: Courtesy of The Dallas News. Jase Townsend (#3) drives to the hoop.
September 9th through November 5th, 2017 is a designated recruiting period for NCAA basketball. Many high school seniors are making their college decisions during this period, ahead of their final season of high school basketball. And the University of Denver just got a big commitment.
In a recent series titled ‘Big Shots’, we identified four recruiting targets – JaVonnie Bickham (6’7″ Minneapolis), Jase Townsend (6’0″ Dallas), Jordan Guest (6’9 Santa Margarita) and Joseph Hedstrom (6’10” Minneapolis). These four players could be transformational players for the University of Denver.
This past weekend, Jase Townsend signed a letter of intent (VC) to attend the University of Denver. We wrote extensively about Jase HERE. With a reputation as one of the best pure shooters in Dallas and solid ball handling skills, he will be a double threat from the perimeter for the Pios. This continues the trend from Billups and company to add speed and athleticism to their go-fast system.
And, it looks like the Billups brothers put on the full court press to secure Jase.
Where does the program go from here?
Clearly, the focus shifts to size. We identified several big men who we see as ideal fits for the Pioneers system – size, athleticism, and proven players at the high school/AAU level. With Daniel Amigo and Christian Mackey entering their senior seasons, size has to be the number one priority for Denver at this point. And the carrot? Incoming ‘bigs’ are guaranteed to earn significant minutes on the floor starting their freshman year.
We’ll keep you advised if DU secures additional commitments during this recruiting period.