Chiriaev To Announce March 22

Ivan Chiriaev, a 7-1, 240 pound import from Russia via Canada, is close to announcing his future intentions. According to one source he's got a school list but could likely pick the NBA option.

Ivan Chiriaev is a great mystery to a good number of people. The 7-1 Russian who attends St. Thomas Aquinas in Canada hasn't seen his parents in 16 months. On March 22, at a 4 p.m. press conference at his school, Chiriaev will announce his intentions to either enter the draft or head to college.

According to Lorne Clark, a Canadian based scout, Memphis, Iowa State, Syracuse, Kentucky and Florida are in the mix. However, Chiriaev has never visited any of those schools and has no plans to make college trips at this time. At this point, it's tough to really lend much credibility to the idea of him attending college.

"The thing is that the people closest to him are telling me is that are two teams that are trying to get a guarantee for him in the first round," Clark said. "It's just what he does skill wise and his ability to shoot the ball at his height, there isn't anybody out there. He brings a new, unique aspect to the game that scouts are looking for."

Clarke's right: scouts do project him to go in the first round of the draft but exactly where depends on who is doing the talking. See, a good number of NBA teams have not been able to see him in anything but workouts. That could all change later in the month at the Hoop Summit that is if he's allowed to play.

"I don't think he will at this point just because the immigration stuff is not cleared up. He's trying to get everything cleared to play in the Hoop Summit in San Antonio."

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