September 24, 2012

Foster likes what he sees at Wyoming

Since 2006, former Colorado Buffs basketball player Ronnie DeGray has been helping Denver basketball players get to college through the Chauncy Billups Elite basketball program.

While his mission is still somewhat the same, the title has changed as DeGray is the new boys basketball coach for Valor Christian High School. His experience in college basketball recruiting should help Valor's 6-foot-5 junior guard, Chase Foster. The All-State Class 4-A prospect currently holds offers from Colorado as well as Wyoming.

"Chase Foster is an extremely athletic basketball player, who can play either the 2 guard or 3 guard spot," said DeGray. "He is a great shooter, who can also put the ball on the floor and create his own shot.  Not only is he an great offensive player but he also brings the same tenacity on the defensive end."

DeGray said Foster has one of the top basketball IQ's he has ever seen and has watched Foster guard everyone from point guards to power forwards. DeGray called Foster, "a gym rat," and said the Valor guard enjoyed his unofficial visit to Laramie two weeks ago.

"He just told me he had a great visit," DeGray said. "I saw him after he got back. He said, I had a blast. It wasn't what I expected. It was the total opposite. Everyone there was great and it is a school I will be considering."

DeGray, who played with Chauncy Billups for Coach Ricardo Patton in Boulder before his career playing overseas, said Foster has taken an unofficial visit to Stanford.

"(Foster) is a great kid," DeGray said. "He just wants to play basketball. He is a gym rat and he could care less about the accolades. None of that means anything at the end of the day anyway."

In addition to Foster, DeGray said he also coached Denver East's Ronnie Harrell this summer. He said Harrell's jumper and his willingness to get into the gym have led Harrell to a strong summer of development.

"Ronnie is a kid who can shoot the lights out," DeGray said. "He steps across half court, you have to get a hand up. At the same time he can get to the bucket. With him growing so fast, it has been tough for him. The way he is growing, Ronnie might turn out to be about 6-9."

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