Jeter Moving Forward

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Chase Jeter accumulated scholarship offers from many of the nation's elite programs prior to the start of his junior season. The early attention has allowed Jeter, a standout at Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, to dive into the recruiting process earlier than most.

"We kind of sped up the recruiting process a little bit," Jeter said. "A lot of players wait until their senior year to take visits, but I decided to take an official earlier. I might actually end up taking more than one my junior year."

"I'm taking an official to Duke on March 8th," the 2015 center added. "My school list is probably Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, USC, UNLV, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Michigan and Connecticut.

Jeter said he opted to visit the Blue Devils' first because it worked with his schedule and he wanted to be present for a Duke/North Carolina rivalry game.

"I just thought it worked out well because of the Duke/North Carolina game," Jeter said. "Those are two schools I could really see myself playing at and it just happened to be a home game for Duke. No bias there it's just a home game for Duke and it'll be a good chance for me to see Duke's campus and get a good look at those guys."

North Carolina is also working on getting Jeter to campus.

"They have talked to me about a visit, but nothing is planned," Jeter said.

Roy Williams saw Jeter play in early January at the Cancer Research Classic and then stopped by his school to see him practice on Jan. 14.

"I talk to mainly the assistants, but when I talk to Coach Williams it is usually on the phone," Jeter explained. "I've seen him in person a lot. He's probably the head coach I've seen in person the most."

To that point, Williams saw Jeter three times in less than a month this winter.

"He says he sees me as a basketball player in his program," Jeter said of his conversations with Williams. "He said I could fit into his program because I fit that simple aspect of just being a basketball player. I trust him and I trust his program and I could see myself playing there."

Jeter said style of play is one of the things that stands out to him the most about the Tar Heels.

"They just play hard," he said. "I love the way they play. Plus there is North Carolina across the jersey. They haven't had the best season so far, but they are having a good little run and it'll be interesting to see how they finish out."

On the court, Jeter is having an impressive junior season. This past weekend at the Nike Extravaganza, he led Bishop Gorman to a win over JSerra, scoring 19 points and adding 11 rebounds.

Jeter said he's got an improved mentality heading into his games.

"I feel like I've really changed my attitude a lot, my approach to the game," Jeter said. "I'm more assertive on both ends of the floor. I'm grabbing every offensive rebound and defensive rebound and running the floor especially. I'm doing the things that will get me in position to score in easy ways."

At 6-foot-10, Jeter is gifted on the offensive end of the floor. He has a good set of hands, nice touch on his short-range shots and has a jump hook on the block. As he mentioned, he's also becoming a better rebounder.

"The game is definitely slowing down," Jeter said. "I'm most definitely putting in the time. I'm always in the gym whether it's late at night or in the morning, I'm always in the gym. I have great people around me helping me and teaching me the game and helping me get better."

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