Chance McSpadden: Junior Primer

When I observed McSpadden in action last fall, he struck me as a versatile and skilled guard who could put the ball through the hoop.

And based on his junior campaign, his momentum doesn't appear to have abated. He's averaging nearly 20 points per contest and has set himself up for significant exposure this spring and summer.

At 6-3, McSpadden has sufficient size for the college wing and a knack for knocking down jump shots. He tends to be inconsistent but definitely possesses a nice stroke. He's also a quick driver and projects as an effective transition scorer at the college level.

Clearly, he needs to get stronger. McSpadden obviously isn't a jumbo wing and will need to have a strength advantage — or, at least, not suffer from a strength deficit — in order to defend high-major wings.

His recruitment has been topsy turvy, and we haven't even reached the spring of his junior year. He quasi-committed to Central Florida last year, but in his words that pledge "wasn't a true commitment."

He certainly has entered the radar of the in-state programs, but he also said that he has heard from Clemson, Tennessee and South Carolina. McSpadden is one of those players who may straddle the high-major line. He'll have a lot to play for on the 2014 travel circuit, and in his favor is his ability to bury jumpers as well as above-average athleticism and good ball skills.

Whether he can cultivate any of those qualities to boost himself to a higher prestige status is a question that won't get answered until later, but he has shown flashes of legitimate high-major ability. We'll just have to see where it goes from here.

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