“Pretty good, I got my visit set up for October 14 or 15, official. I took an unofficial in the middle of June, I want to say. Had a lot of fun up there,” Ethan Chargois said on the state of his CU recruitment.
“Just checked out the whole campus, kind of got the campus vibe. It was summer time so all the students weren’t there or anything. I still got the main gist of how stuff works. … They didn’t have the new court, but I saw that on Twitter. I like that.”
Chargois got to know the Buffs: Coaching staff, players, facilities, campus, Boulder. Head coach Tad Boyle told the three-star that CU has pegged him as a player who is perfect for their system, with the Buffs the stretch-four.
“They think I can really fit in well with their program. Coach Boyle said that one thing that stuck out to him he told me ‘there might be players faster than you, taller than you, might be able to jump higher … but nobody can bring what I bring to the table,’” Chargois said.
“What I like about Colorado is I’d have a lot of freedom there. Get it off the glass, push it up the court, things like that.”
Boyle and Chargois link up on the phone about once a week. Not a lot of hoops talk filters into the conversations.
“We talk about things, the future, how I see the program. We really don’t talk about basketball that much. We just talk about life,” Chargois said on his relationship with Roll Tad.
The Chargois final four is set, pending a monster offer that would have to “knock the socks off.” The 6-foot-7.5, 240-pounder has three other officials on tap, plus that return to Boulder. Sounds like a lot of airports in the near future. At that height there’s probably not a lot of legroom.
“I set up one with Houston on September 3, one with SMU on September 22 and one with Kansas State on October 7,” Chargois said.
“Those are the final four schools for me, other than that there’s really no order. I’m going to take these visits and go from there.”
Signing early will bring relief for the forward slash center. Chargois is working on his on-court craft at Union High School, with improvements for the 2016-17 season including skills, strength, getting faster, working on ball handling and “eating a lot healthier, that’s important.”
“Get all this over with,” Chargois said, likely grinning a little, when asked if he’s enjoyed the recruiting process.
“I didn’t really get recruited until last summer, I didn’t even have any offers or anything. So it kind of all hit me really fast. It was fun in the beginning, you know, talking to all the coaches, getting all the letters, but after a while it kind of gets played out.”
A potential transition from Oklahoma to Boulder would involve an altitude adjustment for the three-star big man. Distance wise, Washington State? Too far. Colorado? Just right.
“Oh, it’s a lot different. Even in my first two hours there, you can feel less air and all that stuff,” Chargois said on the OK and CO differences.
“I kind of thought about [location of college]. From other schools, Washington State, that was really far. Florida, that was far. Colorado is a nice in-between. Not too far and not too close."
The Buffs are set up nicely with Chargois’ final scheduled official. The 2017 hopeful said CU just wants him to be honest with his intentions and interest. The interest remains high.
“They just told me ‘be 100, be real with us and tell us how you’re feeling.’ If I’m not interested, let them know, but I’ve been interested since they offered me,” Chargois said.
“They said they wanted my last visit, Colorado wants to be my last visit.”