At 6’7’’ and 220 pounds, Hasahn French is a physical power forward who can play tough defense and rebound the ball well. French helped lead Commonwealth Academy to a 24-6 record last season.
The Springfield, Mass. native has collected over 15 offers from schools like Marquette, VCU, Vanderbilt, Rutgers and Seton Hall.
“Recruiting has been going pretty well for me so far,” French said. “A lot of schools are calling me, and it’s only getting better.”
Commonwealth Academy head coach Tony Bergeron said French’s size, motor and toughness are the key attributes that colleges are drawn most to. He also said French possesses different skills that set him apart from other power forwards in Massachusetts.
“He’s probably the best defensive rebounder I’ve ever coached,” Bergeron said. “He’s also a decent mid-range scorer and shot blocker.”
French said he started playing basketball when he was in eighth grade. He didn’t think he was very good at it. He only played basketball because his old coach told him to play.
During ninth grade, French had a major growth spurt and grew from 5’11’’ to 6’4’’. He was able to make the varsity team that year, and he’s been playing basketball ever since.
“Basketball means everything to me,” the 18-year-old said. “It’s the way I plan on feeding my family in the future, and it’s the way I wake up and live my life.”
Bergeron said French has matured significantly over the years. He said French’s willingness to learn from mistakes and address criticisms has also helped him become a more well-rounded player.
“He’s gotten a great deal better,” Bergeron said. “He went from a kid who was only a screener and a rebounder to a kid who’s now the focal point in our offense right now.”
French said he is motivated on the court by his friends and family. He also said he is motivated by people who undervalue him on rankings.
“I don’t really like where they have me ranked at,” French said. “It really motivates me to get out on the court and outplay everyone that’s ahead of me.”
During the offseason, the Springfield power forward spends his time playing for the PSA Cardinals (NY), an AAU team that has the potential to win this year’s Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL). He plays alongside other top prospects from the East Coast like Mohamed Bamba, Cole Anthony and Brandon Randolph.
“We’re looking pretty good this year,” French said. “If we play aggressively and if we play great defense, I don’t think anybody in the country can beat us.”
At the moment, French isn’t sure where he wants to play in college. He said he would start to seriously consider his options after shortening his list sometime between summer and fall.
‘I’m just taking it all day-by-day,” French said. “I’m not really picking any school over the other right now.”
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