Remember Michael Chandler?
The 6-foot-10 big man out of Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North was the No. 5 center in the Class of 2011 and committed to three different schools — Louisville, Xavier and Central Florida — before being deemed academically ineligible by the NCAA.
Chandler has resurfaced at Northwest Florida State where he is playing for coach Steve Forbes, the former Tennessee assistant, and alongside Louisville-bound point guard Chris Jones.
This week Chandler visited Purdue and he enjoyed it.
“He loved it,” his uncle, Allan Chandler, told SNY.tv. “The coaches, the school, the facilities, the style of play and the proximity to home.”
Chandler averaged 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 34 games at NWF, but had several breakout games. He went for 16 points and six rebounds in a win over Chipola, 12 and four against Tallahassee and 15 and eight against Gulf Coast.
He will be eligible for a Division 1 school in 2014.
“Michael is very coachable and has a sincere desire to become a dominant player,” NWF coach Steve Forbes told SNY.tv earlier this year. “He is starting to draw double-teams which tells me how much respect his opponents have for his abilities”
“His positive attitude and bright outlook is refreshing to be around.”
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