Where are they now? Michael Chandler

NICEVILLE, Fla. - Remember Michael Chandler? He's a one-time Louisville basketball commitment, who was also committed to Xavier and Central Florida. Chandler is now playing with a current U of L commitment. Cardinal Authority has an update.

Former University of Louisville basketball commitment Michael Chandler is a teammate of current U of L commitment Chris Jones.

According to Northwest Florida State College coach Steve Forbes, the 6-foot-11 Chandler enrolled at the school in June. He's also previously been committed to Xavier and Central Florida but this is his first full-time enrollment.

"He came here in June for the summer and he's been here every since," Forbes said. "He's been unbelievable. I knew him a little bit before, but I've really been impressed with him since he's been here.

"He's really taking care of his business."

Chandler - along with Indianapolis Lawrence North teammate Ryan Taylor - committed to Louisville on Jan. 4, 2009. The two were at the U of L game against Kentucky when Edgar Sosa hit the last-second shot to beat Kentucky.

The two players committed in the locker room after the game. But Chandler backed off his commitment in April of 2010. He later committed to Xavier before also backing off of that commitment.

As a senior at Lawrence North, Chandler averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks a game. He was named first-team All-State but withdrew from classes at the school during the spring of his senior season.

Chandler, who graduated from Jefferson County High School in Louisville, signed with Central Florida last November but never made it to campus. There were issues with his grades and the NCAA investigation at the school.

Instead, Chandler spent last season at Faith Baptist in Tampa.

Now, Chandler is trying to make it back to where he once was - a highly regarded recruit. The one-time top-100 target hopes to attract colleges again.

"I can't imagine that he wouldn't," said Forbes, a former assistant coach at Tennessee. "He has a long ways to go. But he's working hard to get there. He's always on time, practices hard and has a really good personality."


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