Coach Chalk talks about Chris Current
6'4 Chris Current of Frankfort High School is one of the better players in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He's scored over 2,000 career points and is averaging 23.7 points, 11 rebounds and 4.5 assists this season for the 19-9 Panthers.
Current is drawing serious interest from several Division 1 schools. Colgate, South Alabama, and Maryland-Baltimore County are a few of the schools that are showing serious interest in the senior guards services. But the potential opportunity to walk-on for Coach Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville next season appears to be Current's top option at this time.
Inside theVille spoke with Frankfort High Head Coach Scott Chalk Tuesday afternoon about his star player.
"He's a natural two guard who has run the point some for us this season," Chalk said. "And he's a really good three point shooter."
Current is a four year starter for the Panthers and has really improved the finer points of his game this season.
"He's really worked hard to develop his midrange game this season," Chalk said. "He might be the best in the state as far as getting in the lane and pulling up for the short jumper."
Current, a standout baseball player who also won the Class A 400-meter last year, is also excellent on the defensive end of the floor.
"He has good...quick hands and gets a lot of deflections on defense and he also gets lots of rebounds in the paint," Chalk said.
When asked if comparisons to Preston LeMaster or Cameron Mills were accurate, Chalk pointed out key differences between Current and those two players.
"Chris is more athletic and can play the uptempo style. He's better suited for the pressing style of play," Chalk explained.
"He'll compete with anybody and he's such a hard worker," Chalk said of Current.
According to Chalk, Current attended a UofL practice last November during preseason practice and talked with Coach Pitino and Louisville Associate Head Coach Mick Cronin about walking on to the Cardinal program.
Chalk said the UofL coaches were "very interested" in Current and that they'd be watching Chris' progress this season but that neither Coach Pitino or Coach Cronin had not been in contact during the season.
Chalk also said that UofL was looking at Chris as more of a two guard, who could shoot and play defense in practice situations.
So would Current spurn offers from his other suiters for the opportunity to walk-on at Louisville?
Chalk believed he would because of the opportunity to play close to home and to attend the UofL Medical School.
Frankfort High begins district play tonight against Western Hills.