Once considered a favorite for Wilson Chandler, the Michigan State Spartans now have stiff competition.
Bucknuts spoke with Chandler, the 6-7 wing of Benton Harbor, Mich. On Thursday afternoon and he told us Ohio State is now at the top of the list with the Spartans.
"My interest in Ohio State is very serious," Chandler said. "I would call it high interest."
Chandler is an athletic rebounder who can move up and down the floor with ease. He has a nice assortment of low-post moves but can extend out to the perimeter pretty well.
He provided the current list of schools he's considering.
"Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue, and Michigan State," he said. "Those are the ones I'm considering. Syracuse and Florida have been trying to get involved as well."
Of those six schools, Ohio State, Purdue, and Michigan State have already extended scholarship offers. Xavier, Dayton, and several Mid-American Conference schools have offered also.
Next week, Chandler plans to take a couple of unofficial visits.
"I'm planning to go visit Ohio State and Michigan State some time next week, although I don't know the exact date just yet," he added. "I'm hoping to also visit Indiana and Purdue at some point, but I don't know if it will be next week or later on."
Chandler is still tossing around the idea of whether or not he will take any official visits in the fall. Although he has no immediate timetable for a decision, if he chooses to bypass the official visit, he could theoretically select a college in a few weeks.
Ohio State is recruiting Chandler as a wing, whereas some have suggested he play power forward in college.
He said that Matta's prior relationship with him from Xavier is a major plus.
"He recruited me at Xavier, so that really helps," Chandler said. "Now that he's at Ohio State, he just carried the scholarship offer over from Xavier."
Matta's philosophy of pushing the floor is perfect for Chandler.
"I really would adapt well to his style," Chandler said.
Michigan State was expected to get Chandler earlier in the spring, but Chandler said he hasn't lost interest. He just has more of an open-mind with other intriguing options.
"I still like Michigan State a lot," Chandler said. "Michigan State is still up there. Michigan State and Ohio State are two of my favorites. I just wouldn't say I have any leaders right now."
Bucknuts plans to speak with Chandler again next week after he visits Ohio
State. In the meantime, the battle for his services will certainly heat up even