Posted On: 03/21/18 11:32 AM
How did the Colorado Class of 2017 do in their first college seasons? PrepHoopsColorado takes a look back at some of the top ranked prospects in last year’s class and how they played this year as freshman in college.
Kolton Peterson – Lakewood – Colorado Mesa
Kolton had a pretty good freshman year as he averaged 5.3 points a game while playing 19 minutes. The Colorado 5A record holder for 3-pointers made in a career went to college and shot the ball well also. Not as good as he expected, but continued his play. With more time and confidence, he’ll be a player that could take over in games and ride the hot streak. He had a game high is 17 points back in November against Midwestern State and will try and look for consistency in year two.
Justin Engesser – Colorado Springs Christian – Colorado Christian University
Justin averaged 5.9 points a game and 3.1 assists in his first year at CCU and showcased he can shoot the ball exceptionally well and also score when called upon. He’s a player with good size that’s physical and will be called upon next year to do a bit more.
Calvin Fugett Jr. – George Washington – Northwest College
Calvin had a pretty good year and ran the team like he’s always done. A game that stands out as the type of season he had was in November against North Idaho when he finished with 10 points, five assists, six rebounds and two steals. He played well and will only get better in the system.
David Simental – Pueblo West – Montana State University Billings
David was a great addition to MSUB as he was one of seven new players on the team. He was solid in his role off the bench and was asked to do many things in which he helped with. He had a game in November in which he 14 points in 21 minutes and helped his team win over Rocky Mountain College. He only played in five games this year, but hopefully this year he gets things going and back to dominating.
Brevin Brimble – Doherty — Colorado Mesa
Brevin was one of my favorite players in the state last year and came into the season as one of the most anticipated players on the team. Unfortunately, he broke his elbow in a practice which took away from his season. He redshirted and has spent the time getting back right. He redshirted and will look to make his impact next year.
LeChaun Duhart – Grandview — Ranger
LeChaun had a first season of injury (stress fracture) so he didn’t get to play much. He was also redshirted so he didn’t burn a year of eligibility and got to use that time with a few minutes on the JV team. All in all, it was an injury derailed his first season that he’ll get back to staying healthy before he’s able to contribute to the team.
Gaige Prim –Grandview — West Texas A&M
Gaige is a player that’s still playing late in March, in fact, his team is in the Final Four. He’s on the same roster as CJ Jennings that went to Sierra and is a player that’s did absolutely fantastic at the next level. He was the LSC Freshman of the Year and also added honorable mention all-conference in his first season as he has the ability to change the game in so many ways. He’s up to 11 points, seven rebounds a game for the Buffs and is one of the key players as he’s fit in seamlessly. Try to check out West Texas A &M as they compete in the Final Four and try and advance for a national championship on Saturday. Check www.gobuffsgo.com on the men’s basketball schedule page for links to live stats, TV listing and audio/video.
Michael Ward – Mead – Colorado State- Pueblo
Michael appeared in eleven games this year and had a limited role for CSU-Pueblo, but, throughout it all you seen growth. It’ll take time to adjust at the next level and he will surely get a bigger role as time goes by, so with another year under the system he’ll continue to get bigger, stronger and faster.
Jackson Ehrlin – Rampart – Black Hills State
Jackson only appeared in a handful of games and played seldom, but, he made his presence known when he was on the court. He used his 6-foot-9 frame and got bigger and stronger and used this year to grow both mentally in physically while getting game time action. One things that stood out with Black Hills State was them playing a bunch of their games against Colorado teams, if that continues, he’ll be a player that we’ll have an opportunity to go see as his role increases.
Umar Jalloh – Lincoln – Northwest College
Umar went to Northwest and played in 29 games and even got the chance to start in nine of those games. He’s an impact player that averaged 10.9 points per game along with 5.5 rebounds in 16 minutes a game. He was aggressive on the boards and used his 6-fot-6 frame to cause mismatches. Alongside him is another Denver Prep League player, Calvin Fugett Jr. and they’ll be ready to turn it up a notch in year two.