This edition of the Daily NCAA Basketball Musings will look at basketball recruiting news surrounding Ernest Udeh Jr., Colin Chandler, and Dusty Stromer. I will also look at the news surrounding Marek Dolezaj and Bryce Williams, among other things.
Utah and BYU among in-state’s 4-star prospects final six
Colin Chandler, the top-rated player in the state of Utah, announced his final six on Tuesday, which includes Utah, BYU, Oregon, Arizona, Stanford, and Gonzaga. The Zags have yet to offer a scholarship to the Farmington product. He is s expected to make an official visit to Utah sometime this fall, as well as visit Stanford and Arizona.
Chandler improved his game across the board after a fine sophomore campaign to compile 22.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists, while shooting 50% from the field and 41% from the 3-point line this past season.
Here is what 247Sports recruiting analyst Brandon Jenkins said about the four-star recruit.
Chandler is a competitive guard who always plays in attack mode. He is still a baby physically but has great length, burst, and solid skill. He beats defenders off the rip or bounce with an excellent first step. A plus athlete who is bouncy and is an exciting athletic finisher at and above the rim, Chandler thrives in transition and enjoys attacking the rim when driving lanes are available. He is a great shooter off the catch or dribble and knocks down the three-point shot with consistency. He still needs to improve his handle on the ball versus high pressure but Chandler will likely thrive in an up-tempo system with his playstyle. Chandler plans to embark on a two-year mission and will be 21 by the time he starts his freshman season. His upside is clear, immense, and due to his work ethic, it should be counted on to transform into immediate productivity once he begins his college career.
Consensus 4-star center Ernest Udeh Jr. reveals top-10
Consensus 2022 4-star center Ernest Udeh, who has seen his stock rise exponentially this summer, revealed his top-10 choices on Monday, which includes nine schools and Overtime Elite. Kansas, Baylor, Florida, Miami, Tennessee, Michigan, Georgia Tech, UCLA, and Alabama are the nine programs that made the cut for the 6-10 big man. He is the No. 20-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2022 by 247sports.com, No. 52 by ESPN.com, and No. 115 by Rivals.com.
“I’m getting in my rhythm quicker and easier and (exhibiting) my aggressiveness for sure,” the Nigerian told Zagsblog.com. “I honestly can say my defensive side will get better, but probably not that much because I’ve always just been really good on defense.
“Offense is really the focus right now, getting in the gym and just working on my fadeaways, hook shots, and just the normal things. I’m focused on being a leader when I can be and expanding my game.”
UCLA offers guard from the class of 2023
Offers for unranked 2023 guard Dusty Stromer keep rolling in. Stromer, who has had a strong summer, received an offer from UCLA on Monday, marking his 11th scholarship overture since June 20. The Bruins have reportedly been keeping a tab on the 6-6 shooting guard from nearby Sherman Oaks. He also holds offers from USC, Texas A&M, TCU, Cal, UNLV, and Rutgers, among others.
The Norte Dame High School product is very athletic with exceptional quickness as well as a nice shooting stroke. Stromer also has an electric first step and is extremely shifty with the ball in his hands.
Stromer averaged 13.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game as a freshman before COVID-19 shut down the rest of his team’s season. He did not play this past season.
Other notable news
Former Syracuse forward Marek Dolezaj has signed a contract with BC Ternopil of the Ukrainian Super League in 2020. The 6-10 Slovakian, who totaled 960 points and 649 rebounds for his career, produced 9.8 points and 5.1 rebounds last season as the Orange advanced to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.
Consensus 4-star guard Jalen Schifino-Hood’s mother confirmed to 247Sports that he is definitely choosing between Indiana and Tennessee. I still believe it will be the Hoosiers in the end.
Former Texas Longhorn point guard Javan Felix was named an assistant coach at NAIA Loyola-New Orleans on Tuesday. Felix averaged 9.5 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 43% from the field in his four years for Texas.
Former Kansas Jayhawk guard Jeremy Case was named full-time assistant coach by Jayhawks coach Bill Self. Case, who has been with the program since 2016, has served as the interim assistant coach since April 2021.
The University of Arizona will hold a tribute for legendary Wildcats coach Lute Olson on Sept. 12 in the McKale Center. Olson died Aug. 27, 2020, but the pandemic put the tribute on hold indefinitely for the 85-year-old. The ceremony is currently slated to be on to the public.
Oklahoma State guard Bryce Williams was arrested by campus police for drunk driving early Sunday morning. The 22-year-old is charged with a misdemeanor, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. He averaged 7.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists to go along with 1.0 steals and 0.7 steals this past season.