Duke recruit and 5-star high school junior Chase Jeter has announced a revised list of 6 schools where he may want to attend and be the center/forward. Jeter is a 6-10, 215 lbs Forward out of Las Vegas, Nevada and is the #13 overall recruit in the best 100 in the class of 2015.
Jeter, as aforementioned, cut his list down to only 6 schools and they are the following: Duke, Arizona, Oregon, UNLV, UCLA, and Kansas. An interesting list of schools, to say the least. Now, here is a breakdown of the chances for each school as well as who will be the final two schools in the running.
Oregon: This was the one that shocked me the most when the list first came out. Jeter doesn’t seem as if he would go to Oregon, but you never know. Dana Altman has done a terrific job with the Ducks, making them into a team to watch with a 24-10 record last season and a tough loss to a very good Wisconsin team in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This could be a good sign for the future of Oregon basketball, but I don’t see Jeter becoming a Duck.
UCLA: I feel that UCLA does have a good shot at getting Jeter, but I don’t think it is the best shot. The Bruins are led by a great coach in Steve Alford along with his great staff that are recruiting Jeter. Chase can look to the success of the Ware brothers during last season and the NCAA Tournament when they had some great games as well as having the same stature and weight as Jeter. With both gone, this is a big (both literal and figuratively) get for UCLA if they can. Basketball has shown that it can be back in Los Angeles and a lot has to do with coach Alford. Although I don’t see him going there, UCLA is a tough school to go against.
Kansas: This is a tough one for me to choose because I without a doubt can see Chase going there, but the Jayhawks haven’t shown much interest in Jeter and haven’t been recruiting him as hard as they could. Kansas has had some great big men of late and worked well with them (Jeff Withey, Joel Embiid, etc.), so it is a great school to go to with a great coach in Bill Self. Maybe Kansas knows what they want or have their sights on other recruits, but if they do get serious about Jeter, they could steal him from the remaining schools.
UNLV: Is basketball back in the desert? I am not fully convinced of this, but they have a few things going for them. To begin, it’s his hometown. Some kids want to stay at home and be around an environment they know, so going to a good school for basketball such as UNLV wouldn’t leave Jeter to miss out on a lot. Also, Jeter’s father attended UNLV and was on the basketball team. If he wants to continue a legacy or try to beat out his father, UNLV would be high on the list. UNLV also had the number 1 overall choice in the NBA draft in big man Anthony Bennett. I don’t see him going to UNLV, but could see him doing so if he wants to stay close to home.
Arizona: Behind Duke, I would say that Arizona has the next best shot at getting Jeter. Sean Miller has done a 360 with Arizona basketball and brought them back to relevance. Aaron Gordon and Kaleb Tarczewski had tremendous years under coach Miller and showed steady inclines in their attributes as the year went on. They all got better and worked well as a team. Miller has done an unbelievable job of recruiting for Arizona and will be looking to add another key big man in Jeter. I would say that Arizona has a good shot at landing Chase Jeter, but they don’t have one key thing: Mike Krzyzewski.
Duke: I do firmly believe that Duke has the best shot at getting Chase Jeter. Duke has recruited him hard as they try to get bigger. Last season was rough as Duke didn’t have a center outside of Amile Jefferson who could score, rebound, and defend. Duke landed the best recruiting class in the nation as they welcome in #1 recruit and center Jahlil Okafor, as well as Tyus Jones, Grayson Allen, and Justise Winslow. Duke, although they are known as a “guard school”, has gotten and worked well with big men before. Jeter has a game that is filled with athleticism, a decent back to the basket game with a decent right handed hook, a good shot from about the free throw line, and again, he is incredibly athletic. Shelden Williams, Mason and Miles, Carlos Boozer, Elton Brand, the list goes on. Duke has had guys who were great forwards/centers, so that won’t scare away Jeter as well as the fact that Jahlil Okafor committed this season. Duke also has the best coach in the nation in Mike Krzyzewski, which is a great tool to have in recruiting. I do see Duke as being in the final 3 and landing Jeter.
On a different website (http://247sports.com/PlayerInstitution/Chase-Jeter-at-Bishop-Gorman-43199/CurrentExpertPredictions), all but 1 have Chase Jeter going to Duke. The one other school was Oregon. If I were to guess on the final three schools, I would say Arizona, Duke, and Oregon with the Blue Devils and the Wildcats having the best chances. Jeter himself has said that Duke, UNLV, UCLA, and Arizona have shown the most interest in him (http://zagsblog.com/articles/chase-jeter-says-4-schools-working-hardest/) and he has recently made the cut for the U18 Team USA squad.