6'11 Chandler has considerable upside

Louisville's most recent commitment, 6'11 Indianapolis (N) Lawrence North sophomore center Michael Chandler, has only played organized basketball for two years. Still, Chandler rates as one of the most promising prospects in the Class of 2011 – checking in as Scout.com's No. 4-rated center.

Over the weekend, Michael Chandler visited Louisville for the Cardinals game against rival Kentucky. After Louisville's emotional 74-71 win, Chandler told Rick Pitino he intends to play for the Cards in two years.

"The reason he committed to Louisville was he liked the closeness of the campus," said Allen Chandler, Michael's uncle. "He wanted to go to a school that was close so his mom and family could see him play.

"Another reason he committed was that Louisville has real nice facilities and it's a nice school. He also committed because of Coach Pitino."

Chandler joins Lawrence North teammates Stephan Van Treese, Justin Martin and Ryan Taylor in committing to Louisville.

"He's real good friends with Justin Martin and Ryan Taylor," Chandler said. "I didn't know he was going to commit over the weekend. Originally he was going to wait until after the end of his sophomore season to commit unless he went to a school that he really liked. Apparently he really liked Louisville."


Chandler, who travels with his nephew on the AAU circuit, said he visited Louisville once before with his Michael to get a look at campus. Chandler said he and his family are supportive of Michael's decision to play at Louisville.

"I love basketball and I've watched Coach Pitino in college and in the pros," Chandler said. "If my nephew can go to the next level I know Coach Pitino can help get him there."

This season, Chandler has split time between the varsity and junior varsity. In one JV game this season, Chandler had a triple-double in three quarters of action.

"He's done well on the varsity and scored some points but most of his work is done at the defensive end," Chandler said. "His defense is there. He's just got to work on his offense and get a little stronger."

"Michael has a really good jumper. He can shoot from anywhere on the floor. He can also dribble and get to the basket. He's only been playing organized basketball two years. He started right before his freshman year. The first thing I taught him to do was dribble and shoot."

Chandler comes from a family that including a few members who are 7-foot tall and might not be finished growing.

"He was 6'8 in the eighth grade," Chandler said. "He may have a couple inches left to grow."

With two years left of high school basketball, Chandler said his nephew is eagerly awaiting playing for the Cardinals in the future.

"Justin, Ryan and Michael will be ready to step on the floor for Louisville and bring you guys a national championship" Chandler said. "We're looking forward to that. We're all excited for him. A lot of people here are excited."


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