Chandler Parsons, a Top 100 wing out of Lake Howell High from the Sunshine State has been notifying schools who didn't make the cut this week. He's trimmed his list to 7 programs: Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Notre Dame, South Florida, Indiana and Oklahoma.
Parson's wasn't feeling great about himself after getting the word out to schools in Tempe, Coral Gables, Oxford, Madison and Blacksburg. "Arizona State was the toughest one," Parsons said. "I told them I appreciated everything they did and everyone I spoke with said it would be a perfect fit but geographically I can't go to Arizona."
Since the NCAA mandates that a player can only take 5 official visits, Parsons is presently 2 trips over the limit. He's got a plan. "USF I've already seen so I don't have to take an official visit. I've already seen Florida too so I don't have to take a visit there."
Florida is the one school everyone on the list will continue to monitor closely. Parsons has 5 of his 6 classes at Lake Howell with UF commit Nick Calathes and the in-state pull will be strong. A meeting of the minds between him and Billy Donovan will occur later this month after Donovan returns from vacation. Parsons is likely to unofficial to the Gators toward the end of August.
The forward spoke briefly about each program in the running.
"Florida is national champs and my best friend is going there. South Florida I can immediately play and be an impact in the Big East. Coach Capel at Oklahoma is a good guy and Blake Griffin is one of my best friends. I talk to him a lot. He's been down to my house when he had a tournament at Disney; we've got a good relationship.
"LSU and Tennessee those schools have good tradition and I've been talking to Coach Pearl and Coach Brady a lot. I trust them. I can't wait to see those 2 campuses myself. Indiana came on late and it's just really good. It's Indiana Basketball, the Hoosiers; it's crazy tradition. It's weird that coach Sampson hasn't been able to see me play but all the assistants have and he's got video."
"At Notre Dame, if I go there and get injured and don't play one game of basketball I get a degree there and its one of the best universities in the country."
Parsons has some tough choices to make going forward but at least he's got his list pared down to a more manageable number. By the way, does Tennessee have a knack for surprise appearances after July or what? The Vols made the final cut for Duke Crews this time last year and caught everyone off guard. Now they're in play with Parsons too.