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Highly sought after JUCO center Michael Chandler commits to Oregon.

UPDATE:   

Class of 2014 junior college prospect Michael Chandler has finally ended his recruitment. At least we hope. Before committing to Oregon, Chandler had previously committed to three different schools, Louisville, Xavier, and UCF. Standing at 6'10, 240 lbs, Chandler will be able to step in and make an immediate impact at a major division one program with his elite size. He played his junior college basketball at Northwest Florida State College. He was recruited there by Steve Forbes, who has since left his head coaching gig to become an assistant coach for Wichita State. Forbes is one of the best recruiters in the country, and Chandler does nothing to dispel that notion. He is rated four stars by Rivals and 247sports, and he is one of the top center recruits in the class of 2014. Chandler had other offers from Arizona, Gonzaga, and Seton Hall to name a few. 

ANALYSIS:

Michael Chandler has never had a talent issue. As a high school senior, he was ranked in the top 50 nationally for the 2011 class. His problem has always been academics. When he finished high school, he was set to go to Louisville, then Xavier, and finally UCF, but he was unable to qualify academically, which forced him to travel the junior college route. Two years later, Chandler appears to have his grades in order and is finally ready to play at the D1 level. Chandler really developed his game in junior college under the tutelage of, for all intents and purposes, Bruce Pearl's old Tennessee staff. Head Coach Steve Forbes and Assistant Coach Jason Shay, an x's and o's expert, helped Chandler with his positioning and footwork around the basket, and he is able to use his wide frame incredibly well. He's aggressive with the ball in his hands around the basket, and he doesn't back down from contact, two things coach Dana Altman will certainly enjoy next season. Chandler gives coach Altman his fourth commit for the class of 2014, and his first center. If Chandler can qualify, Oregon will have a high quality big man for a couple years.

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Brad Winton