Greg Foster Jr., a 6-foot-6 guard and son of a former NBA player, committed to Gonzaga on Tuesday night and followed up by signing a letter-of-intent Wednesday.
Foster is the second member of Gonzaga’s 2018 class, joining Montverde (Florida) Academy forward Filip Petrusev.
Foster visited Brown, UTEP, Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s. He said the Zags and Gaels were his final two. Greg Foster Sr., a 6-11 forward/center who played 13 NBA seasons, finished at UTEP after transferring from UCLA.
“After I talked with coach (Mark) Few it made me feel really good about it,” Foster said. “It was really just the coaches, the basketball culture that’s already established and the national schedule they play.”
Foster is listed as a three-star recruit by Scout.com and a four-star recruit by ESPN.com.
Foster could step into a prominent role next season. Guard Silas Melson is currently in his final year of eligibility and point guard Josh Perkins will be a senior next season. The guard line next season will include Zach Norvell Jr., Jesse Wade and Joel Ayayi. Brock Ravet, a guard from Kittitas High, is in the Zags’ 2019 class.
“They told me that I’d have a pretty good chance to play right away,” said Foster, who said he’s not sure if he’s done growing.
Foster described himself as a pass-first point guard.
“Passing is one of my biggest strengths and I feel like I’m a lock-down defender, too,” Foster said. “One thing I’d like to work on is probably being a better scorer, being more aggressive.”
Clark high 2018 Greg Foster Jr. made 4 Key Plays. 1) A baseline Dunk. 2) No look pass to Antwon 3) Game tying shot 8.5 se. 4) Inbound pass pic.twitter.com/0JLoWc6lYr— Unit 1 Hoops Source (@u1hoop) November 2, 2017
Foster’s prep career began in Milwaukee, where his father is an assistant coach with the NBA Bucks, but he will play his senior season at Clark High in Las Vegas. Clark teammate Trey Woodbury signed Wednesday with UNLV. The two signed their letters together surrounded by family members at the school.
Foster Sr. had stints with Washington, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota, Utah, Seattle, the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto from 1990-2003.
“My dad’s been totally involved,” Foster said. “I’ve always worked out with him since I was young.”
Petrusev, a 6-11 forward, is a native of Serbia. He helped Serbia win the U-18 European Championship last summer and was named the fourth-best NBA prospect by ESPN.com.
He also attended the NBA Basketball Without Borders Camp in Tel Aviv.
“He has a lot of potential and will be a great fit in our program,” Few said. “He’s a skilled big man that is mobile, can shoot from the 3-point line and pass. He will make others around him better. We’re expecting a lot from him.”
Petrusev had scholarship offers from Kansas, Virginia, Utah, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Creighton, Illinois, Indiana, Stanford and Texas Tech.
He said last month his other finalists were Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Charlotte.
Gonzaga, Oregon and Georgia are finalists for 2018 point guard Will Richardson, a senior at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
The 6-4 Richardson, a Georgia native, is 38th on ESPN.com’s Top 100. He told Scout.com that he doesn’t anticipate making a final decision during the early signing period.