2006 prospect Chase Budinger is not only the No. 34 ranked player in his class, he is also one of the best volleyball players in the country. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound small forward from La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, Calif., will more than likely have to decide between the two sports when he goes to college. He already claims three high major offers in basketball.
“I am undecided about what I will do in college,” said Budinger. “I am not going to make any decision too fast. I just want to keep playing both sports as long as I can.”
He did admit, however, that it would be tough to play both sports in college.
“I could play both, but it would be difficult,” he said. “It would take a lot of energy to do both. The seasons overlap with volleyball starting during the end of the basketball season.”
Although he enjoys bot sports, he did admit that he is better in one.
“I like both, but right now I am better at volleyball,” he said. “I need to work on my dribbling and shooting and improve my strength to get my basketball to catch up with my volleyball.”
There are, however, some big time basketball programs that feel Budinger is plenty good at basketball. He claims three offers out of his list of five schools.
“Most of the west coast is recruiting me, but I like USC, UCLA, Arizona, Kansas, and Kentucky,” he said. “USC, Arizona, and Kansas have offered me.”