Chas McFarland to ACC

Chas McFarland went from a mid-major guy who was all set to attend Ball St. to a high-major guy who will play in the ACC.

When Chas McFarland left the midwest for Worcester Academy, he was a mid-major target who had pretty much decided he'd be playing at Ball State next fall. Now, the 7-footer is headed to Wake Forest.

``I think I really fit in well with the players, I liked the campus and the coaches were great," McFarland said. "I feel like I have a chance to do really well down there."

``I had a real good feel for the program," he added. "I liked everything about it when I was down there."

McFarland also considered Boston College, Marquette and USC. He took official visits to all four schools in the fall.

``In a nutshell, it was Chase's will to play in the ACC," Worcester Academy coach Ed Reilly said. "He felt that it was the conference and affiliation that he was seeking."

``It came down to a difficult decision between Wake Forest and BC," Reilly added. "He felt that all factors being considered, Wake would be better for what he was looking for."

McFarland was Greg Oden's backup this summer with the Spiece Indy Heat, so it's natural that he didn't receive a substantial amount of playing time.

``When I think about what's happened, I smile," McFarland said. "I'm happy with my decision. At the time I left home, Ball State was where I was going to go. Now I am going to Wake Forest."

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