November 21, 2010

Chandler Talks About Future

Over the past seven months, Michael Chandler's recruitment has been one of the most interesting topics in the country. The 6-foot-10 senior center from Lawrence North High School in Indiana was a solid verbal commitment to Louisville during his junior year. As he was rumored to be struggling in the classroom, Michael made a tough decision and decided to re-open his commitment from Rick Pitino and the Cardinals last spring. While some were shocked, Chandler thought it would be best to focus on his academics.

While most skeptics believed the big man would not qualify, he recently took some action in looking at where he would go to school. Chandler considered UConn, DePaul, West Virginia, Providence, Kentucky and Xavier before he ultimately committed to the Musketeers in late October. As a surprise pickup, Chandler made his pledge to Xavier Coach Chris Mack during an official visit. About three weeks after that Chandler decommited on the first day of the early signing period.

This may seem a bit odd as some would say, but Michael Chandler is not the person most people want to believe he is. He's not a bad kid. Chandler tries hard in school and has come up with a new work ethic and motive.

According to Chandler, everything is fine. "My grades are fine," he said by text. "I came a long way. I'm a totally changed person." As the public has not heard from the prospect all that often, Chandler was asked how he has recently changed. "I'm a way more focused person," he responded. "I work harder and I'm more accountable for my actions."

Along with that, the Indiana native is just as normal as the next teenager. "I still like to watch Dragon Ball Z and cartoons like that in my free time," Chandler stated.

At 6-foot-10 220 pounds, the 2011 talent is a monster on the glass as he is an elite rebounder. Chandler runs the floor well for a big and his post moves have improved over the years, as well. Chandler's shooting is an area he must improve on in order to make an impact at the next level. With an inconsistent jump shot and mid range game, he will continue to work on the many dimensions of his shot.

After decommitting from Xavier, the talented center is being pursued by a number of high major schools. "UConn, Oregon, St. John's and Indiana have all been recruiting me so far," Michael stated. "I plan on signing in the spring and don't have any visits or anything of that nature setup for a while. I don't have much time to focus on that since the basketball season is starting up."

Most media outlets and sources have been chattering about UConn being in the lead for him, but that isn't the whole truth. "I like UConn but people think that just because Ryan Boatright committed there," stated Michael. "His decision has no impact on mine even though I wouldn't mind playing with him."

With UConn already having a 2011 point guard in Boatright, they are in need of a big man and Chandler would fit in well. Chandler and Boatright were looking at similar schools and visited together. The two checked out Providence, DePaul and West Virginia together before Boatright went with the Mountaineers and decommitted a week later. Could they team up this time?

One thing is certain; Michael Chandler is the focus of the basketball world at this point in the season. While it isn't always the best of feedback, Chandler takes it with a grain of salt. "I'm not really worried about them," he mentioned of his haters. Michael Chandler is used to adversity. He will make the best situation out of his next one, as well.


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