Ray Schafer, a 6-11, 215 pound center from Wasilla H.S. in Wasilla, Ak., told us he committed to Oregon because he felt very comfortable with the coaching staff. Schafer also told us he was excited about playing in such a tough conference and for a great program.
Schafer previously expressed interest in Arizona State for another visit. Schafer, who cut his list down to San Diego State, Gonzaga, Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford and Liberty.
Schafer played for Bob Gottlieb's BWBA program last year, and he was scheduled to play with them again this summer at tournaments in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
However, he injured his knee just prior to the July evaluation period, suffering a medial meniscus tear. He underwent arthroscopic surgery and is expected to be 100 percent by November.
Unable to play with BWBA this past summer, Schafer worked with training guru Marv Marinovich (father of former pro QB Todd) during June, July and August. He focused on off balance strength training in those workouts, and has also been rehabbing his knee by swimming and doing leg lifts.
Last season at Wasilla H.S., Schafer averaged 20 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and five blocks per game. He said he has a 3.5 GPA and will sign up to take the SAT this fall. He took the PSAT last year as a high school junior.