Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Scout's take: Dores add LaChance
By Adam Finkelstein
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings is assembling one of the nation’s most under-rated recruiting classes, adding ESPN 100 guard Riley LaChance (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield) on Monday night. The No. 22 point guard became the third prospect to commit to the Commodores in the 2014 class.
Why he committed: Vanderbilt made LaChance a priority this summer. They landed his first official visit at the beginning of the month and managed to remain in the lead as he took three additional trips in recent weeks. There was definitely a connection with the coaching staff, but style of play was also clearly a factor as LaChance seemed to realize what a good fit he’d be within Vanderbilt’s system.
Riley LaChance fits the Vanderbilt mold.
"Coach Stallings and his staff never made feel like just another recruit. I was really comfortable with the coaches," said LaChance. "I got to play with the team and spend time with them away from the court. I think we will complement each other very well"
What he brings: He’s a highly skilled guard with a high basketball I.Q. who is capable of playing on or off the ball. He’s an excellent shooter who is virtually automatic when in rhythm and capable of connecting with deep range, but also has a complementing pull-up game and ability to attack bad close-outs. He’s an efficient ball-handler and passer who makes dependable decisions with the ball in his hands and has a general understanding of principles like floor spacing and ball movement. He’s also versatile in terms of his ability to operate off screens in that he’s equally capable working the pick and roll as he is running off down-screens.
How the class is shaping up: LaChance joins a pair of four-star prospects in Matthew Fisher-Davis (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and Wade Baldwin (Hillsborough, N.J./St. Joseph’s Metuchen). LaChance and Fisher-Davis fit the Vanderbilt prototype as two of the better shooters in the 2014 class, while Baldwin is the ideal complement because of his ability to be a lockdown perimeter defender, and consequently compensate in areas where LaChance and Fisher-Davis might not be as naturally suited. The fact that both LaChance and Baldwin are equally capable of playing on or off the ball only makes the trio that much more potentially versatile.
How he fits: While LaChance is clearly a good fit with the rest of the class, he’s also exactly the type of player that has historically flourished under Stallings. While Vanderbilt isn’t going to win with athleticism in the SEC, the Dores always put a premium on the ability to shoot the basketball in order to maximize their court spacing. More specifically, they need highly skilled players with high basketball IQ’s in order to run the type of advanced offensive actions which they are known for. That’s a prototype that fits LaChance to a tee and a style of play that he is uniquely qualified for.
Who he reminds us of: Billy McCaffrey started his college career at Duke before transferring to Vanderbilt where he was named SEC Player of the Year in 1993. McCaffrey was a pure shooter who built an attack around the threat of his jumper. LaChance’s career might not ever reach quite the same collegiate heights, but there are plenty of similarities both in terms of body type and style of play. LaChance also projects as a four year player who could be a high-impact upperclassmen in the SEC in a few years.