Chuck O’Bannon has been a nationally ranked prospect on Scout for two years and has more than backed up his early ranking.
Over the last couple seasons with Las Vegas Bishop Gorman in high school and the Las Vegas Prospects AAU program, he’s picked up a long list of scholarships accordingly.
Scout’s 82nd ranked 2017 prospect in the 2017 class, the 6-foot-6, 195-pound shooting guard has good size and length and can really shoot it from three, both off the catch and pull.
The four-star prospect has narrowed his list to UCLA, USC, N.C. State and Texas, setting up official visits to all four programs.
He’ll officially visit UCLA on Sept. 30, USC on Oct. 7, N.C. State on Oct. 21 and Texas on Nov. 11.
Grant Rice, head coach of Bishop Gorman, broke down what O’Bannon likes about each of his finalists.
UCLA: “With his dad having played there and winning a national championship everyone anticipated that UCLA will be in the mix and they are. Coach (Steve) Alford and staff have done a good job with him, not just because his dad went there but because he’s important to them.”
USC: “It starts with being on the West Coast. His father played at UCLA and mom and dad are both from that area. The style of play that coach Andy Enfield has installed is really intriguing to Chuck because he likes to get up and down.”
NC State: “Coach (Mark) Gottfried was an assistant when his dad played at UCLA so they have a long relationship there. They have been recruiting him for a couple years and have done a great job. Being in the ACC is intriguing as well.”
Texas: “They’ve probably recruited him the hardest over the last couple years. Coach (Shaka) Smart and his assistants have gotten after it and they’ve made it clear that Chuck is one of their top priorities and he’s really intrigued by that possibility.”
As O’Bannon goes through the visit process, he’ll be looking at a number of attributes with each program.
“I think the relationship with the coaches, style of play, being comfortable with the school and coaches and wanting to come in and be able to play right away,” Rice said. “I think all those schools he’ll be able to come in and help them win right away.”