Chase Jeter is officially listing six schools, but says four of them are recruiting him the hardest at the moment.
“At this point, the ones that have gotten on me the hardest since I’ve cut down my list are UNLV, Arizona, Duke and UCLA,” the 7-foot, 225-pound Jeter out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman told SNY.tv by phone from the USA Basketball U18 trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. “Those are the schools I talk to the most.”
Jeter also lists Kansas and Oregon, and says he’s still considering both of those as well.
“Yeah, definitely,” he said.
Here are his thoughts on the other four:
Duke: “Coach K is a great coach. It would be awesome to play for him. I took one of my visits out to Durham and it’s a great spot, a great basketball school, a great academic school. I have great relationships with all the coaches there and I feel like they’re a great program.”
(Three Duke commits are playing along with Jeter at the USA Basketball trials and are surely whispering in his ear: Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow and Luke Kennard.)
UNLV: “UNLV is obviously real close to my home and right in my back yard. I’ve got a great relationship with Coach [Dave] Rice and Coach [Stacey] Augmon. Their staff has done a great job recruiting me and showing me love and being at my games.”
Arizona: “Arizona, I like the location, I like how close to home it is. Coach [Sean] Miller has done a great job with the program. I have a great relationship with Coach Book [Richardson] and also their facilities are top of the line and their strength and conditioning programs are out of this world.”
(Miller is an assistant coach with the USA U18 team.)
UCLA: “Another thing with location. Great spot, Westwood. I’ve got a great relationship with Coach [Steve] Alford] and coach [David] Grace. I talk to them frequently and we talk a lot about how I would fit in and the brand of UCLA and they do a good job of selling their brand.”
Jeter, who turns 17 in September, said he may announce at the Adidas Nations event in early August, as Dream Vision coach Clay Williams had told SNY.tv previously, but he isn’t certain of the date.
“We had discussed that,” Jeter said. “It’s an option.”
He added: “I’m not even sure if that will be the timetable.”
Meantime, Jeter is happy to be healthy after suffering a bone bruise in his knee earlier this year.
“Yes, sir, the injury was just a bone bruise,” Jeter said. “As soon as it healed there’s no more chronic pain so as far as that goes I’m good and I’m back to being 100 percent.”
He’s looking forward to playing with Dream Vision in July.
“I had a great summer last year and I’m back with Dream Vision,” he said. “We got a lot of great guys, Ray Smith and Tyler Dorsey. We’ve been on a roll and just gotta keep up the intesnity throughout the summer.
As far as USA Basketball, he would love to make the U18 team that will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship later this month.
“Oh, man, I’m the youngest guy here and it would be an honor,” he said. “Even just being here is a great experience. Whatever happens, just take from it and learn from it and make the most out of every situation and take advantage of every opportunity.”
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