HOOPS: Inside Chadwick's verbal

THE SIX DEGREES of separation that often accompany recruiting connections are indeed sometimes, as the newest member of the Cougar hoops family says, ironic. David Chadwick doesn't remember the day his father married Tony Bennett and his wife, Laurel. He was three. But that was the first step on the path that saw him verbally commit to the Cougs. CF.C talks with Chadwick on that and much more..

David Chadwick's father was the Charlotte Hornets chaplain during Tony Bennett's playing days there. When Bennett and his wife Laurel were married in Louisiana, the elder Chadwick pronounced the couple man and wife.

"I was three years old. I don't have any memories of that day at all. I think it's just really ironic how years down the road that gave coach Bennett the opportunity to look at me," said Chadwick.

It would be a stretch to say Bennett was just waiting until Chadwick got old enough to recruit. Years after the Bennetts were married, Chadwick ran into the future WSU coach in a chance meeting in North Carolina when Bennett was an assistant at Wisconsin.

"He didn't really remember me at all," laughed Chadwick. And then Chadwick didn't see Bennett again until this past March.

"My second time seeing him in 15 years was when they came to Charlotte for the Sweet 16 but he couldn't talk to me at that tournament because of NCAA rules," said Chadwick.

BENNETT BECAME MUCH more familiar with Chadwick as a player soon after that, as Bennett saw tape and watched one of Chadwick's AAU workouts when the recruiting season ramped up in July.

Perhaps there will be a return Sweet 16 trip to Charlotte in the coming years and this time, Chadwick will help the Cougs move onto the Elite 8 and beyond.

"That's what we're hoping for," said Chadwick.

IN A WORD, Bennett and the Cougs get versatility in their fourth known verbal of the class.

CF.C spoke to an AAU coach familiar with Chadwick (6-8, 215) who said the forward is as comfortable banging bodies inside as he is taking a three. Chadwick agrees.

"He (Bennett) told me he needed somebody to come in and do everything, to be very unselfish and to be able to shoot and pick and pass real well...and I love playing both interior and on the outside. I love to post up but on the flip side, I also love to shoot threes, dribble and post up the medium range jumper -- I really don't have an area on the floor I don't feel comfortable in. That's something I've worked hard at," said Chadwick.

CHADWICK SAID Bennett offered this past weekend and it didn't take him long to accept. He wanted to jump on it immediately but took a day to talk it over with his parents.

"It's pretty easy to see how fundamentally sounds coach Bennett's teams have been these past two years, how cohesive they are and how well they work together. I think that was something that stood out to him (with me), the basketball IQ and...not only playing well individually but playing well together -- that's something I really love to do, to play with a bunch of guys who really know how to play the game.

CHADWICK HAS UNOFFICIAL and official trips to WSU planned over the next month. He'll visit Washington State officially in October, with a tentative date set for the weekend of Oct. 18. But he'll get a first hand look at Wazzu today -- touching down in Pullman Tuesday on an unofficial trip and said he's likely to stay until Thursday.

"The chance to play for without a doubt the hottest coach right now, and arguably one of the best coaches overall in college basketball was (big). And it's hard to find a system -- at the highest level -- that I could fit into so well. This is a perfect fit, from the offense to the defense. It's one I'd be able to shine in, and be able to play with other players who have a similar mindset," said Chadwick.

Chadwick missed over half this past season with a sprained ankle and broken wrist, averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte Latin in his abbreviated junior campaign.

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