Chandler interested in IU, taking wait-and-see approach

  • 12/08/2010 10:35 pm in

Lawrence North senior Michael Chandler, one of the top remaining players still available in the 2011 class, said Wednesday night that he’s interested in Indiana.

“I think Indiana’s a great school. They’ve been there for me ever since I started playing, so they mean a lot,” Chandler told Inside the Hall. “I haven’t talked to them (directly). They’ve called my uncle and Coach (Jack) Keefer.”

The 6-foot-10, 245-pound center, who previously committed to both Louisville and Xavier, is in no rush to reach another decision.

In addition to IU, Chandler said his uncle and Keefer have been contacted by UConn, Oregon, St. John’s and Syracuse.

“I’ve just been really focused on the season,” he said. “I’m playing pretty good. I love playing with my teammates and making each other better as players on and off the court. I’m having fun this season with my team.”

Lawrence North will be in Lexington on Saturday for a game and Chandler will watch the IU-Kentucky game at Rupp Arena.

“We have a high school game in Lexington and while we’re down there, we’re just gonna watch the game,” Chandler said. “I’ve never seen that game up close and in-person before. It’s just something we’re just going to watch.”

Indiana’s recent recruiting momentum, including nine commitments since the beginning of August, is something Chandler is well aware of.

“I think (Crean has) gotten commitments from a lot of younger players and they could possibly change the program,” he said. “I think I could see myself fitting in at IU.”

(Photo credit: Jody Demling)

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  • Bleeding Crimson

    Do we think that the current roster new that they were indeed signing up for bring IU back to the elite status? That said, don’t we think that the current roster would believe that we might be in this situation back when they committed? It probably was discussed in some manner that not all players would be seeing PT and may possibly have to walk. I’m not stating I feel this way, just pondering the thought that it may have been discussed at some point?

  • Diesel

    Am I the only one? Guys, believe me, I like Watford (and Creek), and my glasses are tinted with candy strips, but NBA next season? Would CWat be a 1st round selection? I just don’t see it yet. Late 2nd round maybe but you don’t leave IU for the late 2nd round. I know he is giong to develop and be a next level guy, and Creek too, but I really find it hard to believe either will go early.

  • Diesel

    Agreed, he is clearly a spring backup plan and will not be a big loss if he goes elsewhere. This is another sign that we are caught up in the recruiting process. How many guys did we go through this past spring that we’d never heard of until getting Guy?

  • Diesel

    Yes, but what Kelin is talking about is not illegal or unethical, and happens all the time. The scholarship is a two-way street. I would doubt Chandler or McGary nudge anyone out the door, I suspect these are excellent back up plans during the spring signing period. Who knows if Capo decides to play in Bulgaria or Roth decides to become a monk? Who knows what will happen. Keeping in contact with Chandler and McGary is just smart recruiting and a sign that we are finally caught up.

    However, Harris and Hollowell are certainly players that could nudge someone out the door. I can appreciate how we all feel uneasy about that, hey we’re midwesterners, we’re hoosiers, thats just the kind of people we are, but it shouldn’t put Crean in the same sentence. As Sampson.

  • Diesel

    Tandon Doss, he’s already in the club.

  • Anonymous

    I think i’d like to see VO guard Knight, and on the other side of the court take it right to T. Jones with a “Tomahawk Dunk” look in his eyes EVERY POSSESSION. We know the ball ain’t going in..and Victor will be headed to the stripe..but how demoralizing would that be to TJones?

    BTW Marcus, you still taking your daughter to the game or do you need me to bail you out on your extra ticket?? Hahahaa;)

  • Anonymous

    Alex, you’re the guy ask here. How many many many?

  • Anonymous

    you forgot Malik Story;)

  • Anonymous

    I meant, Malik What’s-his-name;) I liked these kids too – Nick Williams i thought was the kind of tough, get in the paint and muscle it out type of player we like here (kinda like AJ Moye). Glad to read he’s doing well.

  • Anonymous

    His sophomore year we will have CZ, TP, DE, CW, BC
    His junior year: CZ, HP, Jurkin, BC, DE, CW (maybe)
    senior: CZ, HP, Jurkin, Hartman
    and that doesn’t include Chandler, McGary, or any other big man in the running. Hopefully, you are right, because that means Howard will be quite a player.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll admit, I feel dirty talking about having to tell someone to go (which is essentially what you are saying as well – just a little less directly), but CTC was put into a tough position where he knew he was going to have to make some sacrifices and work hard to get the team back on track. In this particular case, I think we’ve honored our commitment (when he has his 4th year at IU next year). It is a tough spot to be in, but we were all hoping for the time where we would be put into these kind of tough spots.

    Hopefully whatever happens will wind up being the best thing for everyone. We’ll see.

  • BFowler

    Agreed, and I certainly would never advocate redefining moral character in order to win, and I think that tolerating amoral actions is outside the realm of rooting for a team; but, what I am saying is that one kid, with who-really-knows-what kind of issues other than 2 decommitments, is not really a problem in my view, but how does Coach Crean feel about where the “program” is to be able to handle that situation. Are the other kids strong enough and is the “program” at a point where you take that chance? Are the “issues” really all the message boards make the out to be? Is this the kid to put us over the top?

    I agree, no more leaders who are rotten apples, but taking a chance on a kid with strong leadership may not be all that bad as long as it is all done legally and ethically. I want to be clear, I am not advocating Denim Shirt activities nor bullying a la Coach Knight, but I am saying that the kid does not define the culture or the “program.”

  • MillaRed

    Nick is averaging 13 and 4 at Mississippi. He put up a 21 spot earlier in
    the season.

    Malik Story is the leading scorer at Nevada averaging 13 ppg as well.

  • Anonymous

    Roth committed to play for Samsonite, on the heels of DJ White and EJ taking us to our last NCAA performance, so it’s not really fair to say he came when it wasn’t “cool.” And i don’t believe ANY of CTCs players will be “told” to leave unless they’re doing something they’re not supposed to do. We’ve got good kids here again, not crackheads or criminals.

    Furthermore, by the time this hypothetical situation plays out, he will have completed 3 years of a free college education. THREE 4 FREE!! Nobody will be doing him wrong by telling the truth about where he might fit into the new rotation. So, if he’s on track to finish a degree in 4 years, and he wants to stay at IU, he’d only be paying for 1 year on his own. Not bad.

    We’ve got the entire season in front of us…let’s not get our pants in a bunch over who’s staying or going – “these things tend to work themselves out.” CTC will put the best product on the floor with “inbounds” types of guys (not the out-of-bounds guys some coaches attract). Whether Chandler is an inbounds or out-of-bounds guy, ultimately he’ll play where he belongs.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe shouldnt’ put Coach Crean in the same post…

  • Anonymous

    …as Sampson. (for fear of contaminating the post;)

  • Anonymous

    The academics are a different issue.

  • Anonymous

    For what it’s worth, Draft Express has both Watford and Creek in the 2012 draft – Creek in the mid-1st and Wat in the early 2nd.

  • JerryCT

    I agree BFowler and have said in an earlier post, in different words, that CTC’s “brand” can include a “turnaround” situation that perhaps ( I have no idea here ) Chandler or McGary are. After all CTC has historically had a high graduation rate which would serve both boys well.

  • Diesel

    Great info, great reply. Hate to use the comparison, but I guess I could see it more like the Johnson/Moore situation where there’s some interest but you’d be tetter off coming back to college.

  • Diesel

    *better off coming back to college.

  • Diesel

    Well done!

  • Anonymous

    If Chandler is not NCAA academically eligible, out of HS, then he can never play NCAA Div I basketball. That is why it is important! He could go JUCO for 1 or 2 years to correct that issue. Or he could go the Prep School route.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t believe that he has a “you can decide to take it right now” scholarship offer from IU. Does anyone know the facts?

  • Anonymous

    If you go back to May of 2010, then I am pretty sure that I have mentioned each: Bawa, I said that he deserved a red-shirt year and really good coaching; David Williams, I said where is he now?; Nick Williams, I said he was a good player with a limited game for Crean’s needs-i.e. too small and too little jump to rebound or dunk, no 3-point shot, but nice FT% and good post up guard game: Story, just not good enough.

  • Anonymous

    That is very interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Just how do good players like Liggins and Miller cope with the KY scene? Each September they are told to move further to the end of the bench. Then when one or more of the “wunderkind” fail to gain eligibility, or the entire class below them goes pro, they come in to play. Talk about bruised egos! I can hear Coach Cal say “I know that the old coach told you that you had NBA talent, but I am telling you now that you will NEVER be as good, IMHO, as my worst freshman recruit next year!

  • Chandler is exactly the player we need for the basketball team. He and Cody down low with AE add a ton of talent that we haven’t seen at IU for a time. You now have everything in place (with the exception of a quick athletic PG) for a tourney run. In 2012 Yogi fills the that gap.

    However, There is more to recruiting than simply getting good talent. The best teams RMK had good chemistry (on and off the court). Teaching this can be a humbling and painful lesson. Therein lies the dilemna. Only CTC can fully evaluated whether his fav stat +/- will add up as a plus with Chandler. To me he is an very enticing prospect, and I suspect the other recruits will effect his decision to commit to IU as well as CTC..

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you I read a quote from Chandler that said he hasn’t been in direct contact with any coaches from any of the schools he listed and he is only focus on academics first and basketball second…I know that I had trouble with grades before but something clicked and I graduated from IU with a B average…instead of knocking a kid, Chandler or McGray, show support for both Indian kids and hope they succeed weather in a IU uniform or not I just hate to see two young men struggle but I hate more seeing grown men willing to turn the back on a kid with no evidence to go of. I want to believe CTC took this this job to to help with the maturation process of this young men and by taking either on of these kids that’s exactly what he will be doing.

  • MillaRed

    That brings up a good question actually. One may think when a recruit gets a
    scholarship offer it’s a “first come first serve basis.” But that certainly
    is not the case.

    I am not an expert on the subject but I have done enough coaching to see a
    few handfuls of local kids go through a scholly situation. A family that is
    close to us has a daughter on full ride volleyball scholly in the ACC.

    Anyway, the staff would have a priority list of course. You are not going to
    allow 4 point guards to sign in a single class just because they all gave a
    verbal on a Thursday afternoon.

    With that being said, no one but the staff knows if Chandler has a green
    light to wear candy stripes if he chose to do so tomorrow. I would assume
    after the Guy debacle the answer could be yes for him and McGary. The
    reality is, I don’t know. But I know a dude named Alex that would love to
    chime in here and give his two cents.

    What we do know is he has been offered.

  • MillaRed

    Pretty sure he blamed this on the EJ decommit.