WSU and Cal battle for South Carolina guard

THINGS ARE COMING down to the wire for South Carolina point guard Brandon Chauca. The 5-10 guard prospect will trip to WSU on Sunday, with the hopes of getting a better sense of how he'll fit in Ernie Kent's offense. However, on Thursday, Cal came in with a late offer, which has certainly shaken up his recruitment. CF.C spoke with Chacua about that, his decision timeline and more.

It's down to Cal and Washington State for Brandon Chauca.

The Golden Bears offered Chauca on Thursday night, with new head coach Cuonzo Martin calling him and extending him an offer. The offer was big for Chauca, who is in the process of setting up a visit to Berkely. First, though, is a trip to Pullman, where he'll visit with Ernie Kent and the rest of the WSU staff.

"That's my top two right now," Chauca said. "I'm down to Cal and Washington State. I'm going to try and go to Cal this weekend before I go to WSU (Sunday). If that doesn't work out, I may try and get out there after I get back from WSU (on Tuesday). I'm hoping to make my decision by May 21, so hopefully I can make everything work out.

IN ADDITION TO the Cougs and Cal, the 5-10, 163-pounder also holds an offer from Missouri and is receiving late interest from Virginia Tech, Oregon and Oregon State.

With Washington State, Chauca said he's been speaking with Kent in recent days.

"He's very excited for me to get up there," Chauca said. "He knows I can run up and down the floor and that I'm good on fast breaks. He's coached small guards and he knows how to let them play. He has a good sense for my style and it fits with what he coaches."

AS A SENIOR this season for Shannon Forrest Christian School, Chauca averaged over 23 points and eight assists per game. He also added three rebounds per night.

"During my recruitment, I've spent more time researching the coach than the schools," Chauca said. "I've searched a little bit on WSU, and I like the arena, but I've spent a lot of time doing my homework on Coach Kent. He takes advantage of smaller guards and really knows how to use them. He uses their size to get out and run and attack people. He coached smaller guys at Oregon and they had a lot of success over there."

So what is he hoping to see in Pullman this weekend?

"Academics, first and foremost, are very important to me," Chauca said. "Secondly, I just want to go somewhere where the coaches believe in me and will help me develop into a top point guard."

• Washington State is also a finalist for four-star Tacoma, Wash., point guard Ahmaad Rorie, who announced on twitter a few days ago that he hopes to make his final decision this weekend. The former Cal signee, who was granted a release from his National Letter of Intent last month, took an official visit to WSU last weekend. In addition to the Cougs, Rorie is also considering UW and recently received an offer from the Wichita State Shockers.

• The Cougs currently have three players signed, Aaron Cheatum, Jackie Davis and Ny Redding, and have two slots available for the class of 2014.

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