|Posted by Brian Dickmann on October 22, 2013 at 10:10 PM|
By: Brian Dickmann
It is an exciting time for Green Bay basketball these days. On the heels of being named the favorite to win the Horizon League for the first time since 1995-1996, the Phoenix have landed a vital piece of their 2014 recruiting class.
Daeshon Francis, a 6-2 shooting guard from Indianapolis, gave a verbal commitment to Green Bay on Tuesday night. The athletic guard was on campus over the weekend and attended the Green and White scrimmage and dunk contest. He boasts an impressive highlight reel of high energy defense as well as high flying dunks. At 6 foot 2, he will be a good size shooting guard for the Horizon League and will perfectly fit the defensive scheme the Phoenix strive for.
His high school, Lawrence North in Indianapolis, is the same high school of former Ohio State stars Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr, both of whom are in the NBA currently. Francis plays AAU for Spiece Indy Heat and chose to attend Green Bay over scholarship offers from Ball State, IPFW, UMKC, and Gardner-Webb. He was also receiving interest from Northern Kentucky, Butler, Wright State, and Indiana State among others.
Here's a scouting report from Indiana Basketball Source: "a great athlete that will finish above the rim. He really thrives in the Indy Ice’s uptempo and pressing style. He can force turnovers with his quickness and toughness. He has really good body control when he is finishing around the rim. Outside shooting is his biggest weakness. He competes every time that he steps on the floor, no matter the competition." He is ranked as a top 25 prospect in an absolutely loaded 2014 Indiana high school recruiting class.
Daeshon Francis is the first player to commit to Green Bay for it's 2014 class. As of now, the Phoenix have 2 open scholarships remaining and a host of scholarship offers extended to high school seniors across the Midwest, including fellow Indianapolis prep stand out and AAU teammate PJ Thompson. Earlier this year, Jerrelle Deberry committed to Green Bay before de-committing and attending prep school in North Carolina. Francis will be able to sign his official National Letter of Intent when the early signing period begins on November 13th.