Chaney in no hurry to make a decision

Arizona's search for a wing is in full swing. Their search is taking them from the East Coast to the Pacific Northwest. From the California shore to the Midwest, one player attracting a lot of attention is Richard Chaney from Compton (Verbum Dei), California.

At this stage the 6-5 Chaney is a bit of a sleeper. But his play at the Nike Camp has probably drawn increased interest from many schools. Currently, Nevada-Las Vegas, Utah, UTEP, USC and New Mexico are joining the Cats in showing the most interest.

"My top three are Arizona, USC and Utah," Chaney said. "(I have) a lot of interest in Arizona."

Chaney is quick off the dribble and he can shoot the ball. But his biggest asset is his ranginess. His long arms make him a great defender in the mode of Jason Terry.

Although it is early in the recruiting process, with his showings in the camps, many teams could still jump on the Chaney bandwagon. One aspect of a program he has his eye on is the availability of playing time.

"It's important, but I'm not going to stress about it. In every college there are players with more experience than you. I'm just looking for a place where I can get some time and experience and during the off season I can work and eventually start."

Chaney is a good student, having scored a 1080 on the PSAT, which is a preparatory test for the SAT. Chaney has an interest in a business degree, and mentioned that he discussed the business school during one of his conversations with Wildcat Coach Lute Olson.

Because of his rising stock, Chaney is in no hurry to make a decision. Don't expect an early commitment from the Californian.

"I'd like to wait," Chaney said. "See how interested the schools are in me, and to see if they recruit any JC players or any other players at my position."

Chaney will play with another wing the Wildcats are considering. At the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament he and Brandon Roy will compete for the Pump 'N Run team.


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