Ward Pledges to VCU
There probably isn't another player in New England who saw their stock rise more during the month of April than Springfield Central High School and NE6 forward Hason Ward.
Ward spent last summer playing with New Heights 16u team as a young rising senior before putting up 14 points per game this past winter for Springfield Central while getting sporadic division I interest.
Most assumed he would spend next year in prep school to further develop his game and body, but in recent weeks he's been able to show far more progress in those areas than most realized.
Ward averaged over 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game for an NE6 squad that finished the Under Armour Association spring schedule with a record of 10-2, tied for the best overall in the UAA.
While Ward was running gracefully and boucing up to both block shots and hammer dunks, the progression of his skill-set was the most pleasant surprise. He connected on seven threes in 12 games and was also putting the ball on the floor effectively.
His recruitment surged in correlation to his recent developments as he added numerous offers that went as high as the Big Ten and SEC. He took three visits in recent weeks and ultimately found a program in VCU that can both continue his development while also accenuating his unique combination of tools in their up-tempo system.
Below are some of his recent highlights care of Courtside Films.