Over the weekend, Missouri extended a scholarship offer to 2014 PG prospect Brandon Chauca 5'9" 165, who is originally from Alexandria (VA), but who has been attending the 22 ft Academy at Shannon Forest Christian School in Greenville (SC).
On Monday, Chauca's head coach, Ryan Schmidt, spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he confirmed the Missouri offer to Chauca, and he talked about the young man's visit plans, and the current status of his recruitment.
According to Coach Schmidt, Chauco had visited Virginia Tech this past weekend, and he and his parents are scheduled to visit Missouri this coming weekend (5-09-14). As of this writing, Virginia Tech had not yet offered Chauca, but Coach Schmidt said that his senior point guard currently holds offers from Washington State and Southeast Louisiana, in addition to Missouri.
"Brandon Chauca's recruiting has really picked up quite a bit of late," explained Coach Schmidt, who also said that Tennessee has shown intensive interest within the past week. "Washington State is trying to get him to visit, too………………………………………. I've known (Missouri Assistant Coach) Tim Fuller a little bit. It sounds like Missouri wants to move really fast on Brandon, so he's going to go out there this weekend."
Coach Schmidt talked about Chauca as a basketball player.
"Everyone just loves him!" said Coach Schmidt, speaking of Chauca. "He's so talented! He's very good! You know, he's five-nine. He's been that size for a long time, so he really knows how to play at that size. He's a proven winner! I've seen him so many times come down and hit a big shot or make a big play."
According to Coach Schmidt, Chauca is a very good three-point shooter, in addition to shooting nearly 90% from the FT line. And, he has excellent court vision, and is very adept at getting the ball to the open teammate.
"He's very quick," explained Coach Schmidt, speaking of Chauca. "He's not super athletic, but he's very quick. He's more of a shooter than a dunker. Defensively, he has no trouble. But shooting is probably his best attribute. In late game situations, we always try to make sure that the ball is in his hands."
I asked Coach Schmidt if he thought that Chauca might commit to Missouri this weekend?
"You know what? Yeah. I think there's a chance he would commit to Missouri," replied Coach Schmidt. "I would think if he likes it there, and it seems like it's a good fit, and if he and the coach kind of hit it off, then yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if Brandon committed."