Jay Jay Chandler talks visit tour

Jay Jay Chandler took a four school visit tour this weekend and came away impressed with what he saw.

One of the true breakout stars at the Nike Elite 100 was point guard Jay Jay Chandler. A native of the Houston area, Chandler exploded onto the national scene, and it was just the beginning of a big summer that led to a major increase in his recruitment.

“I thought it was a very good summer,” said Chandler. “My recruiting went to a whole different level after the Elite 100, and my game also improved all summer.”

A recruitment that once was based mostly in the Midlands region, now Chandler has coast-to-coast interest. Over the weekend Chandler went on a four school visit tour that started at Ohio State, went to Kentucky, proceeded to Vanderbilt, and finished in Memphis.

About the Ohio State visit, Chandler said, “I liked Ohio State a lot. I like their style of play and how they give their guards freedom where they can show their ability. Me and Coach (Thad) Matta have a close bond. Also I saw Evan Turner there, so that was good, and I like the whole staff a lot so it was a real good visit.”

Like the Buckeyes, Kentucky hasn’t yet offered, but John Calipari made it clear that they are very interested in Chandler.

“They were just saying that they are going to start looking at me more and they are going to come down and see me in the fall,” explained Chandler. “Coach Calipari told me that he would like for me to stay in touch and to continue to come back up and visit.”

When it comes to his experience at Vanderbilt, Chandler said, “I like the way that Vanderbilt runs their offense. Coach (Kevin) Stallings is considered one of the top coaches in college basketball, and they use their guards a lot. Also they have great academics, so it was a good visit.”

The final stop was at Memphis, and like the other three schools, the Tigers did a good job of impressing Chandler.

“Playing with the Hoops I know Mr. (Hal) Pastner, and his son is the coach at Memphis,” noted Chandler. “With his history and background recruiting the area and with them coming out me hard, I like them a lot. They want me to visit again. They are building a big and athletic team and I think I could fit what they want to do.”

While no decision is imminent, Chandler does know what factors he is going to be looking for in a school.

“I am looking for a place with a great coaching staff that has a style of play that will fit my ability that can help me prepare to get to the next level,” explained Chandler.

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