Coach Larson at Paso Robles (Calif.) High School told Rivals.com in February that he had a top 2006 prospect in 6-foot-5, 180-pound point guard prospect Derrick Jaspers. Coach Larson was right on the money as Rivals.com got a first hand look at Jasper in Las Vegas.
Jaspers’ EBO/EA Sports team, made up of primarily underclassmen, ran into a buzz saw in Mario Chalmers and his Alaska/New Mexico Pump N Run team. Chalmers was the best player on the court as he scored 40 points, but Jaspers was clearly the second best player on the court.
Jaspers scored 16 points as he ran the point for his team. He can shoot the three and has the size to cause trouble in the paint. He also showed flashes of brilliance as a defender although he could not sustain it throughout the game. Part of the problem was the overwhelming performance of Chalmers.
Jasper is “wide open” as far as colleges are concerned, but he is getting quite a bit of attention from one Pac-10 school.
“I am hearing mostly from the Pac-10, especially USC,” said Jasper. “I really like them. I like Henry Bibby a lot.”
Jasper, who has tremendous size for a point guard, averaged 10 rebounds along with 18 points and 5 assists per game during his sophomore high school season.