Chaney's Recruitment Takes Shape

A few quality performances during the July evaluation period vaulted Allan Chaney up the rankings and into an intense recruiting battle. The big guy is cutting his list and setting up visits.

Allan Chaney is a hot name among college coaches. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound rising senior used RBK U to showcase his skills and he followed it up with another strong effort at the Pitt Jam Fast.

That success has led to college interest. With an overflow of calls hitting his cell phone, Chaney decided to make some cuts.

"It's going pretty good a lot of schools are still calling and trying to find out my interest level," Chaney said. "I narrowed down a list a little bit by myself today."

Although his list is still lengthy, Chaney said he still has interest in Florida, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Indiana, St. John's and Georgetown.

A few coaching staffs have already caught Chaney's eye. The Gators were among the first to contact him after the first evaluation period, and he said he's built a special relationship with their staff.

"[Florida's] coaching staff is straight up. They don't tell me the things that I want to here, they tell me the things that I need to know. One game they called me and said I played bad. They just called and told me that, but I felt comfortable with that."

"Some schools would just be like ‘good game' just to text you and show that they were there and were watching me. They told me straight up that I played bad that game. I felt good when he did that and it felt good to know that they are going to give me their real opinion."

Ohio State is another school that is strongly in the mix with Chaney. Recently the New London (Conn.) High standout got to speak to Thad Matta and Chaney was impressed with his demeanor.

"I got my chance to talk to Coach Matta for the first time two days ago and it went real well. He seems like he's the type of coach that is going to push you on the court.

"He's real cool and isn't going to try to make you do things that you can't do. It seems like he's a cool coach and he's going to try and push me and make me better."

Although he hasn't built the same type of relationships at Texas A&M, he is starting to get to know their staff. Scott Spinelli has handled most of his recruitment and he feels comfortable with him.

"I haven't really built a great relationship with them, but the times I've talked to Coach Spinelli and Coach Turgeon they were pretty good and they seemed like they were pretty good coaches too."

Chaney indicated that he still has a few steps left in the recruiting process. In the near future he wants to meet with his high school coach and narrow his list further.

The visits are the second step and will play a major role in his final decision. He definitely wants to take trips to Florida, OSU, Texas A&M and Indiana. The dates haven't been finalized.


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