GASO Trio: Guards Primed for July

Lyndon Cook, Texas Hoops Staff Writer
Texas Hoops

Qua Grant - YIIS/Texas Future 17U - Waxahachie - 2018

TexasHoops ANALYSIS:

On the current state of his game: "I've been feeling good, letting my defense fuel my offense and getting out to score easy buckets. The summer's been good for me and I'm just trying to keep adding to my game and getting better. I'm trying to show coaches that I can do whatever is asked of me on the court."

How he fits with YIIS/Texas Future: "We have a really talented team, all the guys are really unselfish and we just try to get each other shots. I'm more of a distributor on the team but they still get me the ball when I'm open and we trust each other to make the right play. It's just a really fun experience."

Interest & Offers: Grant has no current offers, but has caught the eye of several programs including Albany, Dallas Baptist, Dartmouth, Lamar, Louisiana Tech, Mercer, Tulsa, and UT-RGV. Grant will be taking a visit to UTRGV, though there is no set date yet.

What he's working on before the Live Period: "Just the consistency of my offensive game. Been working on my shot, working on my handles, and trying to cut down on my turnovers. I really don't like turning the ball over."


Jase Townsend - Dallas Mustangs - Dallas Skyline - 2018

TexasHoops ANALYSIS: Townsend first came to the attention of TexasHoops/GASO staff last summer with some big performances for Mustangs, but it was this season's run to the 6A state semi-finals with Dallas Skyline that stamped his pedigree. Townsend can score the ball with the best of them, and is deadly off the catch and shoot. More of a primary guard this year, he has shown marked improvement in his distribution and shooting off the dribble. Townsend has a quick release and elevates nicely off the dribble to get his shot off. Defensively, he is a ball stopper who makes life difficult for his opposition.

On the current state of his game: "I feel great about my game so far this year. I've tried to stay aggressive all year and also try to lead my team to victories. I'm trying to prove to (college coaches) that I am a top player in the country."

How playing at Skyline effects his game: "I loved it this year, but at the same time I learned a lot from those guys and also coach (Paul) Graham. I have become a great defender ever since."

Interest & Offers: Central Michigan, New Orleans, Northern Colorado, and UT-Arlington have all offered Townsend so far this summer. Other interested schools include Denver, New Mexico State, Sam Houston State, South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, UT-RGV, and Wichita State. He's already been on campus for Sam Houston, SFA, and UTA, and he plans to visit Denver, New Orleans, Northern Colorado, and a few other schools in August.

What he's working on before the Live Period: "Getting my handle tighter and also more moves off the screen-and-roll action."


Zach Nutall - Texas PRO 17U - Bryan - 2018

TexasHoops ANALYSIS: Nutall burst onto the recruiting scene this spring after some great outings at the April Live Period for Texas PRO. The term is overused, but Nutall is truly a crafty finisher at the rim who can find the open man on the drive. Nutall has an effective shot and can knock down threes at a high rate, but it is his slashing and finishing that is his best game. Nutall went from unranked in the rankings for the class of 2018 all the way up to No.17, such were the level of his performances this spring and summer. Though he is a bigger guard, Nutall has shown the ability to handle it at the 1 and creates shots for others well.

On the current state of his game: "I feel great about the summer. I play with a team who just wants to win so we click on all cylinders. My catch and shoot looks as well as getting to the basket and using my athleticism is what has been working for me."

Interest & Offers: Nutall has picked up 5 offers thus far in the summer, with Incarnate Word, Lamar, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, and UT-RGV actively trying to acquire his services. Other interested schools include Boise State, Brown, Rice, Texas State, UT-Arlington, and Nutall's hometown school Texas A&M.

What he's working on before the Live Period: "Showing coaches I can play the 2 and also the 1 spot at a high major university with my size, and that I'm a winner. I'm working on my handles and being able to take care of the ball. Some coaches question if I can handle it at a guard standpoint so that's what I'm working on."

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