May 17, 2010

Chievous hearing his name called

Chicagoland guard Quinton Chievous is about to lose his under-the-radar status. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound shooting guard from Notre Dame Prep picked up his first scholarship offer from Colorado State recently and has interest from several of the who's who of college basketball.

Chievous was named Honorable Mention All State by the Chicago Sun-Times last year, as well as the area Player of The Year by the Daily Bugle. He averaged 22 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game for Notre Dame, which went 19-10 last season.

"I am good at playing the wing," he said. "When I started out, I was more of a three and I have moved into more of a two. I am good at getting up-and-down the court in transition.

"I want to go pretty far. As long as it is west, south or east, I don't really want to stay in the Midwest.," he added when asked about leaving home.

Chievous said he has already visited Bradley University and hopes to see Colorado State, Baylor, Notre Dame and Xavier before making a decision on a college choice.

"I want a school that fits my style of play and gets up and down," Chievous said. "I want a place where I can play right away, I want a place that I like the atmosphere, the environment and a coaching staff I really like. That is big."

The Colorado State Rams have stepped up to offer Chievous a scholarship and are sending Assistant Coach Niko Medved to recruit him. Chievous said the interest is mutual.

"They are one of the fist schools that stated recruiting me," Chievous said. "I have been really, really high on them. They have come to my open gyms during evaluation period, they call me every month. I am really good with the coaching staff. I just want to get on-campus and see everything."

The Missouri Tigers hold the advantage of being his father's alma mater. Derrick Chievous was the school's all-time leading scorer before embarking on an NBA career. The younger Chievous said he shares his dad's ability to score and has learned much from his dad in the ways of basketball fundamentals. For his part, Quinton said he is very familiar with the Tiger program.

"I know the coaching staff, the player," he said. "I've been around that campus a lot in my life. I kind of like it there. It is close to my dad. They have a lot of great facilities and my dad's wife is academic coordinator for the basketball team, so I saw how stuff goes down."

The Baylor Bears are also pushing Chievous to get on-campus for a visit.

"Baylor just started jumping into the mix," Chievous said. "They have been on me really hard. They were recruiting me and another kid from Chicago, Michael Henry. Since he committed, they are turning their attention to me. I fit into their style of play. I think that Baylor would be a good fit."

Chievous also named Notre Dame as a school that has interested him, largely due to its academic reputation.

This summer Chievous will play for Flash AAU and said he is working to improve his ballhandling as well as his understanding of the game.

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