Chicken Knowles talks recruitment

Danrad "Chicken" Knowles is an emerging player on the AAU Circuit. Gamecock Anthem caught up with him to talk recruitment.

It's not every day that you run across a kid that goes by the name of an animal on the AAU circuit. Especially one that would be in an Old McDonald song.

Meet Danrad Knowles — better known as "Chicken."

One thing's for sure though, the 6-foot-9 forward is not scared to mix it up on the court.

However, Knowles, a native of the Bahamas, is adjusting to life in the states. He's currently home schooled in the Houston area, and because of that, he's flown under the radar, but the secret has flown the coop.

Despite not having an offer, a ton of schools have checked in with the 2012 prospect to show interest.

"I have no offers yet," he said, "but people are waiting to see me play in July — like Arkansas, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Houston, Baylor and Florida State."

Another school that has inquired on Knowles is South Carolina.

"I haven't gotten an offer," he said, "but I keep in touch with South Carolina — with coach (Mike) Boynton."

Though he doesn't have a list of any sort, he did talk about some schools that are recruiting him the hardest.

"Baylor is probably recruiting me the hardest," he said. "South Carolina is probably top five."

The previously little-known Knowles really hadn't been invited for visits, but he's getting those invites now. He hasn't gotten a chance to go to many schools, but he did venture out to a Texas-based one.

"I had an unofficial visit to Baylor," he said. "That's my only visit so far."

The slender combo forward didn't find many opportunities playing with his home-schooled team, but the opportunities in America have been eye opening for him.

"In the states, there's a lot of opportunities — basketball and education," he said. "When I came over, I had to learn how to play organized basketball. You have to put in a lot of work."

Knowles doesn't know where he wants to go to school, be he does know the type of player he is and what type of style that would suit him in college.

"I'm more of an up-tempo player," he said, "that likes to get out and run."

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