The state of New York, as a whole, has seen a great decline in talent throughout the high school ranks over the few years, compared to the influx of talent that the state saw during the late 20th century. Another 2017 prospect who might do his very best to rep his native state in the coming years, although playing in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, is none other than 6’7 forward, Hasahn French. Well-built with major athleticism and bounce at the bucket, the Team SCAN frontcourt member is one of the strongest kids that you might find throughout the east coast within the sophomore ranks.Playing out his high school career at the Commonwealth Academy, the Middletown, New York native was a standout at last week’s, Hoop Group Future All-American Camp. The lefty stands around 6’7 and has the frame that most kids would die for. He is great on the face-up from 15-feet and can create for himself off the floor in using his frame and killer mentality to get where he wants within the half court. Not afraid to explode to the rim for power dunks, French is good for at least one, two-handed, violent rim rocking dunk in every game that he plays in. His jumper does need some work, yet the quality finisher can create for others near the bucket and makes good dump-offs around the tin where he can facilitate some on the go.
With some shades of Villanova frontcourt star JayVaughn Pinkston during his early high school days, French was one of the more consistent producers and energy givers last week in Reading. It will be interesting to see if he can escape the possible tweener label that could be placed onto him as a 3-4 type down the road and if he can continue to establish his body as a Herculean-like frame; however, the talent is already in place for French to be on highly touted guy in 2017.
While programs like Villanova, USF, UMass, and UConn have shown interest at this time, the New York native already holds offers from Iona, Wagner, Penn State, Detroit, and Saint Peter’s. If French can develop his intermediate jumper and right hand, while keeping his well-built frame intact over the next few years, French has the makings of a top ranked guy throughout the New England region that should see a heightened recruitment by those amongst the ACC, AAC, Big 10, and Big East.
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