Yep, the same Chas McFarland who collected his share of splinters while watching the nation's top player, Greg Oden, dominate on the circuit this past spring and summer.
The 7-foot, 200-pound big man, who was a mid-major target coming out of the summer and had Ball State as his leader, has seen his recruitment explode while at Worcester Academy (Mass.) over the past four weeks.
``It's been good, but it gets annoying after a while," said McFarland. "I know I've improved a lot since the summer, but I don't think I got a chance to showcase my ability playing behind Greg. He was obviously the main focus."
Oden is dominant, but McFarland has a chance to be an impact player at the collegiate level. He needs to gain weight, but he's got terrific hands, runs the floor extremely well and can score in the low post and also knock down the mid-range jumper. He's also an adept passer.
Speaking of focus, Ball State was McFarland's primary focus when he arrived at Worcester.
``It's changed now," he said matter-of-factly.
McFarland will head out on his first official visit this weekend to USC. He also has a trip scheduled to Providence on Oct. 22 and had a visit set up for Ball State for the weekend of Midnight Madness, but he may end up canceling that trip.
``I like Providence a lot," McFarland said. "I've been there on an unofficial and I got along really well with the guys on the team and with Coach (Tim) Welsh and his staff."
``This has always been my dream and it's finally coming true," he said. "It's kind of amazing."