Last Thursday DuckTerritory.com got wind of a possible commitment from 2013 shooting guard A.J. Lapray out of Salem, OR and Sprague high school. Lapray confirmed that news when he tweeted out that afternoon he was going to be committing to Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks.
Oregon product A.J. Lapray gave a verbal commitment to Oregon.
Lapray, a 3-star shooting guard who was a first-team All-State selection last year after averaging 21 points, 6 rebounds, and four assists per game as a junior, is the second verbal commit of this 2013 class. He joins 4-star power forward Jordan Bell in the 2013 recruiting class.
We caught up with his old high school and AAU coach Ryan Schmidt about Lapray's commitment.
"He had been waiting on Oregon for awhile," says Schmidt. "It is a perfect fit for him. His sister goes to school there and his Dad commutes down there for work all the time."
Schmidt says Oregon offered him just before his commitment but had been keeping tabs on the Oregon product for over a year. Oregon head coach Dana Altman and assistants were in the gym multiple times last season for Lapray's games.
Schmidt says Lapray will be a good fit at Oregon due to his scoring ability and athleticism on the wing.
"This is a great fit because of the great coaching staff [at Oregon] and their system fits his style of play really well," Schmidt says. "Everyone knows he can shoot the ball from everywhere. Great mid-range game but he's also very versatile."
Schmidt calls Lapray one of the best post-up guards he's ever coached and credits his basketball IQ as a reason he will succeed.
"He has an extremely high basketball IQ and is very unselfish and creates for others which has made him a very tough player to stop," Schmidt went on to say.
Schmidt says Lapray will sign his letter of intent to Oregon on Monday at a school assembly during the day. He chose Oregon over offers from Oregon State, San Francisco, Utah, Rice, UTEP, Portland, and Pepperdine.
Lapray is now the second known public commitment for the 2013 Oregon basketball class. Oregon has two more scholarships to issue out.