Power Chism

Boliver (Tenn.) Central power forward Wayne Chism, a Razorback target, is having a solid week at the Reebok ABCD Tournament.

TEANECK, N.J. - It's clear that watching Wayne Chism, a player the University of Arkansas has targeted, that he has improved his offensive game by leaps and bounds from one summer to the next.

But it's still not at the forefront of the 6-8, 235-pound Bolivar (Tenn.) Central power forward's mind when he takes the court.

"My goal is to just rebound and set some picks to help others get open," Chism said. "Within that I am able to get some points, but I don't consider that my first job. But don't get me wrong, I don't mind scoring either."

Chism had 9 points and 5 rebounds Thursday afternoon, but his Rockets fell to the Magic 74-69 as the second day of game competition got underway at the Reebok ABCD Camp on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

That basically matched his three-game averages of 9.3 points, 5 rebounds and a pair of blocks while his team has gone 1-2 so far in the event.

"We could be playing better, but we are playing hard," said Chism, who had 12 points in his opener. "That's the number one thing to get done."

Arkansas joins Memphis, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Ole Miss as the five schools that Chism is currently considering.

He is going through the same recruiting process as his Boliver teammate Willie Kemp, a 6-3 point guard that Arkansas is also heavily involved with right now and who is on his team here this week.

"I would love to play with him in college and that's certainly something that we have talked about doing," Chism said. "He's just such a good teammate and makes me a better player and I would love to continue playing with him."

Arkansas and Memphis are the two schools who have offered both players while Kemp is also considering Kentucky, Florida and Illinois.

Chism notes Arkansas, a school that he has taken unofficial visits to on three occasions, has thoroughly impressed him.

"They told me more about the academics than any other school and that impressed me," Chism said. "They told me what all they offered, how I could use it later on in life and how they could help me graduate by pushing me to be the best I could be not only as a basketball player, but as a student and as a person."

While Chism and Kemp are two of the highest rated players on their squad, Chism notes they are not trying to steal the show.

"We try to help our other teammates and not try to be ball hawgs," Chism said. "You have to get others involved and open to keep everybody happy and the chemistry good. That all leads to success."

Chism recently took his ACT, but has not got a score back yet. He says he has a chance to qualify.

"That's my goal," Chism said. "I took the test so I could take the official visits this fall.

Unlike Kemp who plans to sign early, Chism says he will likely wait until the late signing period to ink a scholarship with a school.

"I think it will probably take me until about the middle of my high school season," Chism said. "I am not planning on signing early. I have a lot of decisions to make and I want to see how the teams are playing, what their campuses are like and how much they really stress academics."

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