Down to four schools and with three visits already in the books, Derrick Jasper will wait to take his final visit to Memphis for the opening of official practice. Jasper, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound perimeter player from Paso Robles (Calif.) High School is reluctant to show his hand when asked about a leader.
"I'm still interested in Illinois, Washington, Kentucky and Memphis," said Jasper, the No. 35 ranked prospect in the Rivals150. "They're all even right now, and I plan on making a decision sometime after my last visit, which will be Memphis on October 15."
With his versatility and athletic ability, Jasper should be able to find a spot on the court regardless of where he decides to play. He can play all three perimeter positions and defend them as well. He also has the speed and quickness for an up tempo style and the strength to play a half court style.
Jasper's most recently visited Illinois, and he spoke positively about the visit.
"I really like the atmosphere and coaching staff at Illinois," he said. "I hung out a lot with the players and played a lot of pick up ball. I even got to play with Deron Williams and Luther Head, and that was a lot of fun."
Prior to the Illinois visit, he visited Washington.
"I went to the Washington football game and had a good time," he said. "I toured the campus and liked it a lot. The coaches and players were all cool. I could see myself playing there."
Jasper's averages of 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks per game as a junior are evidence of his versatility.
Derrick Jasper scouting report:
Very powerful for a perimeter player, Jasper loves to attack the basket going left. Handles the ball well enough to be a point guard but is also very effective at the small forward position with his rebounding ability. Guards any perimeter position well. Outside shot needs work.