Few prospects in the class of 2014 have shot up college coaches' wish lists as quickly as Brookfield, Wisconsin guard Riley LaChance.
The 6-foot-2 LaChance, who can play either point or shooting guard, earned a scholarship offer from Greg McDermott and the Creighton staff following a strong showing during the final live recruiting period, which ended last Sunday. Joining Creighton among the schools to offer the Brookfield Central product are Butler, Missouri, Utah and Vanderbilt. LaChance estimates he has 18-20 offers in total, while drawing interest from the likes of Marquette, Minnesota and Xavier. College coaches have taken notice of the senior-to-be's varied skill set.
"I like getting the ball out, running up and down, playing fast, and making my teammates better," said LaChance. "I think a couple of my strengths are my basketball IQ, I feel like I'm a very smart player, and obviously shooting."
Although Creighton offered just last week, the Bluejays' coaches are working hard to make an impression on LaChance, who played with the Ray Allen Select AAU team.
"I've talked with him (Coach McDermott) the past couple days," said LaChance. "He's a great recruiter, very respectable, and highly talked about coach. He seems like a great guy."
It's still early in LaChance's recruitment process. He doesn't have a set lists of official visits he plans to take, and has no timetable for when he might make his decision, but he does know what he's looking for in a university.
"I want to go to a school where basketball is, you know, followed heavily. I want to go somewhere where I can see myself contributing one way or another. A place where I could see myself going to school for four years, and enjoying school even if basketball in the equation because, you know, there's always that slight possibility. A place where I feel comfortable with the staff, the players, with the university, really with the overall community," said LaChance.
The Creighton coaching staff is trying to get LaChance, who plans to study something in the business field, down to campus later in August. The sharpshooter hasn't yet finalized his plans with his family and wasn't certain the trip would be made, but there are some things he really likes about the Bluejays basketball program.
"I like that they're in one of the best conferences in the country, a very strong fan base and then they're in a great city like Omaha," said LaChance.
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