Chase Budinger, the 6-foot-5, 180-pound small forward/shooting guard from La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, Calif., has established himself as one of the truly elite players in the class of 2006. The No. 33 ranked player in the class is seriously interested in as many as 10 high major basketball programs and, as it stands right now, is not close to making any definite decisions about his future.
“The report about Chase cutting his list of schools down to five and eliminating several schools on his list is just another rumor,” said Duncan Budinger, the father of Chase Budinger. “Chase is wide-open right now and isn’t planning to make any decisions about any schools in the immediate future.
“I will say that schools like UCLA, Arizona and USC are recruiting him the hardest right now, but Chase is very much wide-open,” he added. “He has taken unofficial visits to schools like San Francisco, Stanford, North Carolina, Duke, Kansas and Florida. If Chase hasn’t unofficially visited each of these schools, he has been on their campuses and seen what each is like.”
Aside from being one of the top basketball playersin the country, Budinger is considered by many to be the very best volleyball player in his class. Several of his unofficial and campus visits took place because Budinger was playing in a volleyball tournament at several of those locations.
When the time comes for Budinger to make a decision about his future, it appears that the process will be extremely difficult. A decision about what sport to pursue at the collegiate level has not yet been determined.
“I really haven’t decided what sport to play in college,” he said. “If I focus on just one sport, it will be basketball. There is also a chance that I will play basketball and volleyball in college. Again, if I focus on just one sport, it will be basketball, but that is something that I have not made a decision about.”