Katy, Texas 2017 guard Jay Jay Chandler has narrowed his list of offers to five schools. Which school will emerge from that list of five and when will Chandler be making his decision?
Chandler started receiving attention from schools in his freshman year of high school. At that time, it was new to Jay and it was fun. “Then it started getting crazy during my sophomore season and schools were hitting me up a lot.” Chandler still enjoyed the process knowing that he would only have this chance one time. “With well over 25 offers, it has been a good ride."
Now that he is in his final year, Chandler has narrowed his list to Georgia Tech, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Western Kentucky, and USC. “I’ll make my choice from these five schools.”
Chandler let us know what he likes about each of the five schools.
Georgia Tech – “Coach Pastner and his family and mine go way back. His dad is very close to my family and we are very close. I love the style Coach Pastner employs and Georgia Tech plays in the best basketball conference in the country (ACC). Coach said I could play any of the three guard positions he employs in his system and he says his up-tempo style and my style of play mesh just right. Everything is a great fit with Georgia Tech.”
Georgia – “Coach (Mark) Fox and his assistants are recruiting me hard. They say they will be losing guards and will need one like me to continue growing the program. He likes my size as a guard."
Virginia Tech – “Coach Buzz (Williams) and I go back a ways. Virginia Tech was one of the first schools to start recruiting me. They also play in the ACC which is a big plus in my eyes. I like the way he coaches"
Western Kentucky – “Coach (Rick) Stansbury was recruiting me hard when he was at Texas A&M and he is doing the same at Western Kentucky. We have a good relationship. They are rebuilding and I know I would get playing time. A player like myself could come in and get major minutes with hard work. They have a very nice class coming in and Coach says if I committed, it would make the class one of the best in the nation."
USC – “Coach (Andy) Enfield is a great coach and he also employs a three guard up-tempo style of offense. I like his system as he lets the players play through their mistakes and learn. He gets his players to the pros."
While he’ll probably make his decision before April, Chandler doesn’t plan to sign until the April signing period. “My parents will be a big help in making my decision. We’ll take some time but I know I’ll announce well before the actual signing time in April."
Jay Jay has two factors that he’ll be looking at in making his decision. “I want an excellent relationship with the head coach and his staff. Plus, I will look and see how my playing time will be at the school I choose.” Chandler knows that he’ll have to earn that playing time but he doesn’t want to be buried in the rotation. “I feel that I can come in and make a team better with my hard work within the system.”