After it looked as though he was headed to Grand Canyon University next fall, Florence High School’s 6-foot-10 senior post Jeremy Verhagen is now headed in a significantly different direction, as he signed a division-I scholarship on Monday afternoon.
Verhagen generated a lot of division-I interest for himself during the April evaluation period. While playing with a very talented Team Power Black group, Verhagen boosted his exposure to college coaches this spring - enough to garner enough interest in himself to land a division-I deal.
After careful consideration, Verhagen has signed a division-I scholarship with the University of Northern Colorado and head coach B.J. Hill and his men's basketball staff.
Verhagen had signed with Grand Canyon University in the fall, but decided to re-open his college recruitment after the firing of former GCU head coach Russ Pennell. After the introduction of new head coach Dan Majerle, Verhagen decided to obtain his release from his national letter of intent to the Antelopes’ basketball program.
Verhagen is among the top post prospects in Arizona’s 2013 class - still a developing talent with major upside as a player. Verhagen is coming off his best high school basketball season of his high school career, after averaging huge numbers for Florence HS and leading them to a strong 28-7 overall record. Verhagen poured in 17.6 points, 14.8 rebounds and 7.2 blocks per/game this season. For his efforts, Verhagen was also selected as our 2013 Arizona Preps Defensive Player of the Year.
I caught my first glimpse of Verhagen in our 13th Annual Arizona Preps Fall Showcase, two years ago. In the event, Verhagen played very well and raised many eyebrows with his length and tremendous upside for the future.
Verhagen is also a very good student and carries a 3.1 CUM GPA.
Congratulations to Jeremy and his mother Janel on this tremendous accomplishment.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Verhagen’s has good length and an ability to run the floor. He has solid hands and feet. He is a capable scorer around the basket and has a variety of offensive moves to go with solid footwork. He also is able to complete a nice looking jump hook and uses his length to make plays. A solid finisher that will only get better over time as he matures physically and adds size to his very thin frame. Verhagen is also a good shotblocker that has good timing, and is also a good offensive rebounder. He also has a soft shooting stroke from the perimeter, which he is able to do quite nicely with range – a nice attribute for a prospect with his size and mobility. Very good upside for the future, but needs to add serious size to his thin frame to reach his full potential as a player.