July 21, 2010
Chicago guard looking for summer court time
This summer hasn't seen much court time for Chicago guard Quinton Chievous, but it has been an informative one for the 6-foot-5 guard. Chievous was set to compete on two different AAU teams this summer and may end up on a third.
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 Prep in Chicago, which went 19-10 last season.
This summer Chievous set to play with the Flash AAU, but with the free agency of underwriter, Dwyane Wade, the team fell apart. Meanwhile, another opportunity to play with the Indiana Elite ended before it began because Chievous would have been their fourth out-of-state player on the roster. He said NCAA rules only allow three out-of-staters to play on any one team.
Chievous sounded positive at the possibility of playing with fellow-CSU target Paul Jesperson on the Wisconsin Playmakers roster later this summer. In the meantime, he is working on his own game and taking lessons from the NBA Top 100 Camp, which he attended this summer.
"The NBA players coached us and I learned a lot of things I could take off the court too," Chievous said. "They told us you have to manage your money and take care of yourself on and off the court and how we need to add stuff to our game and we can't be one-dimensional. I learned a lot of moves and off the court I learned a lot for my future."
Chievous said he has grown nearly an inch and a half since the summer and has been able to use his increased size to work on new moves. He said he hopes his ability to get back on the court will translate into new scholarship offers as well. Currently, Chievous holds only an offer from Colorado State.
"A lot of schools are on the verge of offering, but they are waiting until the end of the July period," Chievous said. "A lot of western schools are coming into effect. That is one of my choices as far as recruiting - I'd like to be on the West Coast. So right now, I am hearing from St. Mary's, Oregon, Oregon State, Rutgers, DePaul and Wisconsin."
Chievous said he was supposed to take visits in June to Colorado State, Washington State and Baylor for Elite Camps, which happened to be going on during the NBA Camp. Currently, Chievous said he has a fluid top-5 or 10 putting the Colorado State Rams in that category, along with St. Mary's Baylor, Oregon and Oregon State.
"I think when it comes down to it and I'll make my top five, they'll (Colorado State) be there for sure," Chievous said. "They were the first school to offer me and they have been on me hard ever since."
Chievous said he expects to have a more solid top-5 in place after offers are received in July.
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