Ethan Chargois is a three-star power forward/center from the Tulsa (Okla.) Union High School. He’s the third commitment for SMU in the 2017 cycle, joining point guard Elijah Landrum and stretch forward/wing Everett Ray.
Chargois picked SMU a week after his official visit to the school. He had a final four of Colorado, Houston, Kansas State and SMU. The Cougars hosted him in September and he had planned visits to Colorado and Kansas State in October. Chargois also held offers from Duquesne, Florida International, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts, Tulsa and UTSA. Kansas State was considered SMU’s biggest competition. All of Chargois’ finalists offered this spring or summer. SMU watched Chargois in the July live periods while he was playing AAU with Team Griffin and offered him then. Before his 2015 AAU season, he had no offers and wasn’t on the high-major radar.
What SMU is getting
Like Ray, Chargois can stretch the floor because of his shooting ability, but he’s bigger, stronger and can offer more of a back-to-the-basket game. He’s a pick-and-pop big man but can also play the role of a conventional “5” as a pick-and-roll and post scorer. That kind of versatility fits what Tim Jankovich’s offense asks of a center. He could play as a stretch four-man too. He doesn’t have as developed a face-up game of handling ability as Ray. Though both can shoot, SMU still got two big men whose skills compliment each other well.
Once Chargois he gets to campus will be transforming his body and getting into top shape. He is big enough for the position (6-foot-8, 235 lbs.), but he needs to make sure that weight is coming from strength and muscle. If he can get into good shape right away, he has a chance to be a meaningful contributor immediately.
What’s next for 2017
With Chargois’ commitment, SMU has the one-guard, two-big men class it wanted this fall. But the coaches won’t stop recruiting this fall. SMU is still interested in Christian Brothers (Tenn.) four-star wing William Douglas, who is looking to take an official to the school soon. They’ve still been in contact with Montverde Academy (Fla.) four-star center Bruno Fernando, the former SMU commit who reclassified from 2016 to 2017.
With Jankovich in charge, SMU may recruit a few more big men with shooting ability like Chargois than it did when Larry Brown was head coach. SMU should feel good about filling its biggest needs by the end of September. Beating a conference rival and a Big 12 school for a commitment is a good recruiting win as well.