Chris Singletary is a Chicago kid. Always has been. So when he left Farragut Academy to attend Florida Prep in Port Charlotte, Fla., he knew the transition would be hard. Now that the 6-foot-3, 200-pound combo guard is away from home, he's looking at schools closer to home at the college level.
Singletary said he's reevaluated his priorities since leaving the Windy City and disciplining himself on and off the court.
"I wasn't focused at home. I'm hard-headed and had things hand-fed to me. I didn't have to work. Since I've left, I've really started to work and grow up a little bit," Singletary said. "I went back home a couple of weeks ago and I talked to my old principal and he said he understood why I came down here and that he was happy because I was focused."
That attention to detail in the classroom and away from the court has brought out college coaches. Singletary said his recruitment has been heating up in the last month and his phone is ringing more than usual.
"I've talked to a lot of coaches lately but I've heard the most from Fresno State and I talked to Mike Davis of Indiana (on Sunday night). He told me that they wanted me to come there for a visit," Singletary said. "Missouri and Iowa State are in the picture. Lately, it's been getting tougher because I've got a lot of quality schools but that's what I wanted."
Singletary said he has not taken any visits and would like to make stops at Fresno State, Indiana, Iowa State and Missouri. He said he's holding offers from Fresno State, Iowa State, Missouri and Purdue.
Getting closer to home, particularly in the Midwest, is attractive to the strong-bodied combo guard.
"Since I've been living away from home, I didn't realize it was going to be as tough as it has been," Singletary said. "I come from a large family so getting back to a place where they could see me play and where they can come out to my games."
Still deciding if he'll sign early or play the season out with Florida Prep, a team loaded with Division I talent, Singletary said he's still contemplating his next move on the recruiting front.
"I've been getting a lot of advice from people and they've been telling me to sign early and some have told me to sign late," Singletary said. "You just never know. I want to find the best opportunity for me."