LaChance pushing ahead

Out in Las Vegas late last month, Riley LaChance proved that he can contribute for a major-conference program.

Not surprisingly, then, more of those schools have jumped into the recruiting chance. For Riley LaChance, however, the decision won't be automatic.

Most prospects aspire to become stars for the largest, most visible programs. But LaChance is one of those guys straddling the high-major/mid-major fence, and his prospects to start as a freshman must be weighed versus the greater resources and exposure offered by the big boys.

He's therefore continuing to list programs inside and outside the conventional major college setup.

"My list is Vandy, Creighton, Baylor, Butler, Davidson, Gonzaga, Drake, Xavier and San Diego," LaChance said. "Those are all offers except for Gonzaga, but I might take an official there in September."

LaChance also will undertake an official trip to Creighton this weekend and lists the Bluejays prominently among his favorites.

Whichever program lands him will receive a clever scorer and playmaker who has good size for point guard and the skills to play either point or the wing. That versatility along with his heady feel for the game give him a lot of value to D-1 programs, at whichever division he lands.

The next step will be to determine the remainder of his visits. A strong student who says he carries a 3.4 GPA, LaChance has in mind the key criteria that will direct his decision.

"I can play both guard spots so the position part doesn't matter," he said, "but it's most important that I really feel comfortable with the coaching staff."

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