DeaconSports Exclusive Interview: Chris Taft

DeaconSports interviewed New York native Chris Taft after he returned home from the Tournament of Champions this past weekend. Taft, one of the top center prospects in the nation, still has Wake Forest on his list.

Chris Taft is a 6-9 220 pound center out of Xaverian HS in Brooklyn, New York. Taft played in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions this past weekend in North Carolina. After Taft returned to New York, DeaconSports got in touch with the New York native.

Taft averaged 18 points per game for his team who lost in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions. "I played alright," Taft said. "I couldn't really play [as much as I wanted] with so many good players on the team. I didn't play like I could have played either, but it was my first time playing with these guys so I didn't know them and they didn't really know me."

As for who is recruiting him these days, Taft said, "Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Maryland, Kentucky, Pitt, Villanova, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and others have all offered." He noted that Duke's offer was contingent upon bringing up his GPA while UNC wanted to see his transcript after his junior year. If all is well with that, Taft's offer would be in effect for UNC.

As far as a favorite, Taft is taking it slow and says that he has "no favorite right now." He is going to try and take some visits this summer and narrow his list down shortly after that.

Wake Forest is one of the many teams still on his list, and Deacon head coach Skip Prosser did visit Taft at his school earlier this year. When asked about the visit, Taft was short-winded, just replying that Prosser "was a good man."

Taft gave no definitive date as to when he would commit, but noted that he would commit "probably before the season."

Taft is rated the fourth best center prospect in the nation by Dave Telep.

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