What a wild and woolly world the prep basketball scene is. After a season cut short at Kimball Union Prep in New Hampshire and a subsequent mutual release from his National Letter of Intent by Texas State (who he'd signed with in November) David Hahn heads to Milwaukee, WI this morning for an official visit to Marquette University.
Only a month ago Hahn had no basketball home when he called me and asked for my assistance in finding a school that was a fit for him. Frankly I thought that future school would come in the Southland Conference or possibly the Big West. As I tell most of these kids, we ultimately have the ability to affect our own futures predicated on hard work and commitment. How hard was he willing to work?
2010 7'0" 250 lb Center David Hahn shown below with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors
Once again, Big 7'0" Dave Hahn put on his D-1 Ambassador uniform at the Pump Brothers Spring Tournament in Denver, CO. He didn't disappoint as he ran the floor with a bounce in his step in the thin air of the Mile High City. Hahn was extremely effective in the middle of a 2-3 zone recording 20 blocks for the tournament and quickly attracted the eye of Louisiana Tech & Cal Riverside amongst others.
However, it was last week's back to back performance in the Pearland (TX) Classic which vaulted him into the recruiting flavor of the day as Hahn played his butt off against the Houston Franchize All Stars & Mississippi MBA Hoops. Both teams have a nice stable of highly touted bigs but Hahn more than held his own. Once I published the recap in my report, that's when my phone really started to ring with another level of schools expressing interest.
Institutions like Colorado, Texas & Arkansas amongst others expressed interest but it was my old friend, hard driving Buzz WIlliams who called me bright and early Monday morning at 7AM asking for the skinny on the Big Fella's character and work ethic. Once again, Marquette was quickest on the draw with contacting the NCAA and receiving Hahn's "jacket". He is now subsequently getting on a flight in Austin, TX this morning and headed to Milwaukee for the grand tour of the beautiful Big East campus.
I compare Hahn's game to Josh Loemer's of Baylor. Hahn is more athletic and has a stronger offensive game at this point coming out of high school. Four years of hard work made Loemers a big part of Baylor's NCAA Tourny run last month. If David commits to keeping his nose to the grindstone he can have a similar career in a power conference where he becomes a major contributor in his junior & senior year or (perhaps sooner).