Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Georgia SG has Pac-12 dream school
By Dave Telep
There are some tenants in recruiting that can’t be ignored. At this point in the calendar, especially with the Class of 2014 becoming rising seniors, the recruiting process is hot.
Kids are eager to see who is really recruiting them and coaches want to know who likes their program. It’s not a whole lot different from the middle school dance with girls on one side of the gym and boys on the other. The only difference is that the stakes are higher.
The one question you have to ask the rising seniors is obvious: What’s your dream school? At this time in their lives, many of these prospects are eager to put their dream school out there, and the college coaching staffs certainly don’t mind hearing that someone thinks they’re pretty. If you don’t ask, you don’t know -- and assuming isn’t a great option.
Junior SG Andre Chatfield values academics as much as athletics in looking at colleges.
Last weekend at the adidas VIP Exclusive Run in Dallas, the Atlanta Celtics gave 2014 shooting guard Andre Chatfield (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) an opportunity to play for their program. Chatfield, a 4.0 GPA student, made the most of it. Good size at 6-foot-4 and a penchant for making jumpers proved to be a nice mix. When he hit a game-winner early in the weekend you knew the kid was in for a nice showing.
With shooting at an all-time premium, recruits like Chatfield have to be evaluated by everyone -- mid majors and high majors. Mix in his academic resume and he’s darn close to writing his own ticket.
So if he could write his own ticket, where would he pick?
“I always wanted to go to Stanford,” Chatfield said last weekend. “That’s my No. 1. If they offered, I’d commit automatically. I believe they’re out here this weekend and they’re coming in (to see me) the next couple of weeks.”
Chatfield was right -- the Cardinal visited him on Wednesday. Other suitors like Auburn and Mississippi State won’t be excited to hear that. In addition, Princeton, Yale and Harvard (he said he would like to play in the Ivy League) are in the mix.
Chatfield is a neophyte in terms of exposure, but after speaking to him you understand he’s not merely paying lip service to the notion of academics. Books will be a foundation factor in his decision.
“My thing is both academic and basketball,” he said. “I need to come out, do the best for the job. Do my job. Play my role.
“You have to look at reality. I’m about to be a senior, so I have to take it into perspective of where I’m at right now.”
Where Chatfield is at right now is on the fence between mid- and high-major offers. The summer will likely be the final judge.