WESTWEGO – Coach Micah Coleman's Natchitoches Central squad, the defending 5A state champs in Louisiana, features a number of players drawing attention from the next level.
The youngest of that bunch is starting guard Brandon Rachal, a sophomore who continues to emerge as one of the top in-state players in the Class of 2017.
As Rachal (6-4.5, 200) told TSD Thursday, following the Chiefs' 86-61 win over Westgate in the opening round of the AllState Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic, he is hearing from a number of high-major programs.
"Well of course LSU," Rachal answered, rattling off his list, "UNO, Louisiana Tech and I've got Kansas State. I've gotten a couple of letters from Stanford, West Point and Vanderbilt."
The lockdown defender has also made a big decision in recent weeks. No longer will Rachal suit up for the Chiefs' football team at wide receiver, where he's spent each of his last two falls.
"It's just that college coaches are coming in left and right for basketball. I have so much love for the game that I want to further my education playing basketball at the college level," he explained. "So I guess that if I'm going to play basketball, I've just got to be the best at that. No need to waste my time on anything else."
Check out our video interview below from the Alario Center, where Rachal discussed his relationship with LSU commit Cedric Russell, NCHS' quest to remain undefeated against Louisiana teams and much more.
VIDEO: Brandon Rachal hearing from LSU
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