Jeter In High Demand

CHICAGO -- Chase Jeter's recruiting interest spiked as the summer circuit progressed and it hasn't slowed down since.

"Coaches I've been talking to the most are Duke, Louisville, USC, Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan and some schools like UCLA, Kansas, Arizona, and North Carolina," said the 6-9 junior from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, following his team's game at the Chicago Elite Class.

North Carolina has already been in to see Jeter and his parents this fall -- and offered a scholarship shortly thereafter.

"It was Coach (C.B.) McGrath and Coach (Roy) Williams and we had a good talk with my parents," Jeter said of the visit with Carolina. "Me and Coach Williams have talked probably three or four times and he has talked to my parents and had a chance to sit down with my parents."

The Carolina staff made a solid impression on Jeter and he recalled what it was like speaking to Roy Williams about his role in the program.

"The thing I remember the most, Coach Williams said he was going to, 'recruit the dadgum dickens out of me,' and I thought that was pretty funny," Jeter said with a smile. "We just had a good conversation about where I'd be at in their program. He sees me as a basketball player and as a good option to stretch out the defense and play in the ACC."

At Saturday's Chicago Elite Classic at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Jeter and Bishop Gorman lost 66-62 to Kansas signee Cliff Alexander and Curie. Jeter battled foul trouble and fouled out in the fourth quarter, scoring six points and grabbing nine rebounds while spending some time guarding Alexander.

"It was fun. It was a great environment and a good place to see where me and my teammates stand, especially early on in the season. It was good; it was fun." Jeter said of the Chicago Elite Classic.

Although Jeter lost and fouled out, it was a valuable lesson to play in a big national showcase against a top player like Cliff Alexander.

"(We) have to go hard from the get go, go hard at both ends of the floor and be assertive at both ends of the floor," Jeter said of the lesson learned.

Before the season, Jeter focused on improving several aspects of his game.

"Definitely adding strength to my game and being smart, especially with my foul situation," Jeter said. "(I worked on) a lot of things, especially mentally. Reading a lot of books, studying, watching a lot of film by myself and watching great players and how they play."

Jeter has had the chance to talk to a number of head coaches, but he doesn't have any visits planned in the near future as the recruiting process is still in its early stages for him.

"None planned," Jeter said about taking visits. "I'm looking to (take visits) most likely in the future, but nothing planned."

Jeter also had some thoughts on forming a list.

"I sort of have my own list but I won't release it just until I'm ready and my family's ready," Jeter said. "It's a lengthy list so there's no reason for me to release it. But many of the schools recruiting me, they're on my list."

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