In an announcement at Tulsa (Okla.) Union’s Midnight Madness on Friday, Chargois pulled an SMU hat from under the table and put it on as his teammates gathered around him, applauding.
Chargois, a 6-foot-8 three-star center, picked SMU over Colorado, Kansas State and Houston. He took an official visit to SMU the weekend before announcing. He’s the third commitment in SMU’s 2017 class, which has added all of its members in the span of a month. Chargois joins Tulsa Central point guard Elijah Landrum and Dallas-area forward Everett Ray in the class.
Chargois called the decision the toughest one he’s ever had to make. When he went to sleep Thursday night, he still had not decided. He asked his parents where they would like him to go, which proved unhelpful.
“They wouldn’t tell me,” Chargois said. “They were really hands-off and not trying to force anything, making sure I’m doing what I want to do.”
When Chargois woke up, he knew his decision. But he said there wasn’t a specific reason that finally pushed him to SMU.
“I knew all the facts and I woke up and was like, ‘That’s just the spot for me,’” Chargois said. “It was down to two schools, to be honest. It was down to Houston and SMU. Picking between the two was tough. But I just thought, ‘SMU is the spot and I’ll pull the trigger.'”
While on his official to SMU, Chargois spent time with the entire team and experience their family feeling and bond. That bond has made many recruits leave their SMU visits impressed. Chargois said he also became closer to SMU’s entire coaching staff during his visit. Coming into a winning program also has Chargois excited.
“They’ve been a top-25 team,” Chargois said. “Anytime you get to go into a winning program like that and get a chance to play as freshman, that’s a blessing. Those are big deals to me.”
But make no mistake, Chargois is thrilled recruiting is over too. All the extra attention and noise that comes with it has stopped.
“I won’t be getting all those phone calls anymore,” Chargois said. “I’m happy I’ll be able to focus and go ball in high school.”
On Friday, Landrum got a text from Chargois that read “Pony Up.” His friend was joining him as the latest Oklahoma natives to head south. SMU has landed at least one player from the state in the last three recruiting classes. Shake Milton, a four-star combo guard, spurned the in-state Sooners in 2015 and Oklahoma City product Dashawn McDowell signed with SMU in 2016.
“He was excited,” Chargois said of Landrum’s reaction. “We talked a little bit afterwards and were like, ‘It’s time to go now, it’s all business. We’re trying to really go there and win. The road isn’t over. This is just the beginning.’”