Since leaving Kansas City last Thursday, the Road Show has been watching as much of the southern California and Las Vegas talent as possible. Monday night's stop was San Diego's Hoover High. The main reason for the stop was to check in on Hoover's junior big man Angelo Chol.
Chol and his teammates didn't have much of a test against an overmatched Southwest team as the cruised to a 78-33 win as Chol chipped in with 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. After the game, we had a chance to sit down with Chol for the latest on his recruitment.
Chol Talks Recruiting
Ever since his freshman season, Angelo Chol has been pretty well known as a prospect. Not just in San Diego either. But, the book on the long armed big man has always been that he's a shot blocker and rebounder with a nonstop motor but little offensive skill.
As it turns out, the evaluation is only partially correct. He does rebound and block shots at a high level, but his offensive game is far more diverse than given credit for.
"I've been working on my face up game and my post game," said Chol. "It's not all the way there yet, but it's coming along. I want to be more than just a shot blocker and a rebounder."
A lefty who gets off of the floor in a hurry, Chol demonstrated a nice looking jump hook and soft touch out to 12 feet. He kisses home short jumpers off the glass, passes out of double teams and will rip down the rim when there's a chance.
Not surprisingly, his game has generated attention from across the country. Alabama head coach Anthony Grant was in the gym to watch him Monday and he also counts Washington, UCLA, Arizona State, Connecticut, North Carolina, Wyoming, Georgetown, Florida and Virginia among his suitors.
Another program spending considerable time with him is Kansas.
"They've been pretty involved," Chol told Phog.Net of Kansas. "The assistant coaches have come out at least like three times to watch. They are coming all the way from Kansas just to watch me practice so that says a lot."
Sunday, Chol actually had the opportunity to watch the Jayhawks play in person when he watched them win at UCLA. KU's use of their big men certainly caught his eye.
"I liked watching their game, they run and I like the way they play," said Chol. "Their big guy, number 45 Cole Aldrich, they give him the ball a lot so I'm like "yeah, I like that."
As for making a decision, the junior says that he's in no rush. He's taking his time to watch as many college games as possible to get a feel for the programs recruiting him and he's using his high school coach Ollie Goulston as a sounding board for advice when he needs it.
But, the decision doesn't seem to be coming any time soon.
"I'm not even sure what I want to do. I just want to take my times and see how it goes."
Total games watched- 40.
Total teams watched- 70.
Total miles traveled-6,884.