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The reason college basketball recruiters always keep recruiting is because of players like Chris Earley. There are late bloomers, who once they get more playing time start to show that they can be the best players on the floor.

The reason college basketball recruiters always keep recruiting is because of players like Huntington, W.V. prospect Chris Earley. There are late bloomers, who once they get more playing time start to show that they can be the best players on the floor.

Growing up Earley was as an inside player, but it wasn't until he grew three to four inches and moved to the outside that college coaches started to take notice.

Earley, a 6-foot-7 wing, started out as a top 150 player but now that his game is developing he has moved into the top 100. And you can bet the more he is seen this summer and next year the higher he will climb in the rankings.

"I think the key to my game is my versatility," said Earley. "I can play defense on any position. I can play inside and post-up on offense, and I can move outside and shoot 3's. On defense I can guard in the post or guard a shooting guard. Plus, I can put the ball on the floor and take the ball to the hole. I think I am becoming more of a complete player and that is something that I am going to continue to work on."

This past season at Huntington High, Earley averaged 14 points per game. He is currently playing the Boo Williams top summer league team, where he is averaging 11 points per game and his team has won three out of five tournaments.

Earley is beginning to receive a lot of attention from schools all over the country, but right now he has one offer and that is from Oklahoma.

"Coach (Jeff) Capel and Coach (Mark) Cline recruited me when they were at VCU," said Early. "They came out to see me a couple of times and they were very close to offering me then. Since they have been at Oklahoma they have continued to recruit me and now they have offered me. I am going to visit OU on June 27th."

Miami and Providence are showing Earley a lot of attention right now, but it is clear that the Sooners have emerged as the early leader.

"I like Oklahoma a lot right now," said Early. "The coaches are young and they can relate to us. I think they are going to be aggressive and that they will be fun to play for. Coach Cline is from West Virginia and he knows all about players from this area, and he knows a lot about me. That makes me feel good that he and Coach Capel thought enough of me to offer me. I am also considering Miami and VCU. I have a friend, a former high school classmate, who is in the Pre-Law Program at Miami. Oklahoma is the only visit that I have set and right now they are my leader."


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