Developing his Craft

When he first started playing basketball in high school, Brookfield Central point guard Riley LaChance labeled himself simply as a shooter. But thanks to tough competition in high school and on the AAU circuit and some help from dad, LaChance is turning into one of the rising sophomores in the state.

MADISON - He may only be an undersized sophomore at Brookfield Central HS, but guard Riley LaChance never has viewed his size as a disability.

After all he did lead his Lancers team to a 17-6 record and in scoring (16.1 points per game), runs the show for the AAU Ray Allen Select and gets expert coaching and guidance from his 16U coach … his dad, Todd.

"I've been playing ever since I can remember and my dad has always been my coach, so that's really been a big thing," LaChance told Badger Nation. "He's really helped me progress over the years. He's always there whenever I need something and it's hard sometimes, but he's pushing me, which is a great thing to have."

For his first two seasons at Central, LaChance – a 6-2, 165 pound guard - admits he was simply a shooter. In part because of coaching, age and experience playing basketball, he admits that his game becomes a little more rounded each time he steps on to the floor.

That journey started with Central playing one of the toughest schedules in the state – playing in the Greater Metro Conference against schools like Menomonee Falls and J.P. Tokoto and nonconference games against undefeated Division 1 state champion Germantown and Zak Showalter and Division 1 runner-up Milwaukee King.

"It's my goal to be a floor general out there," said LaChance. "It helps playing against teams playing tough defense against you. It makes you used to it, and makes it a great experience."

The Ray Allen Select isn't one of the most well known programs in the state, but has capable players like Sussex Hamilton sophomore guard Brady Ellingson, New Berlin Eisenhower sophomore guard Reed Timmer and players from Franklin, Oshkosh North and Wauwatosa West. They are under the radar, but they're talented, which is evident by their 3-1 record last weekend in the loaded Swish N Dish AAU Tournament in Mequon.

"Most of us have been playing together since fifth and sixth grade," said LaChance. "We are like one big family. We all get along. There's no selfishness among us and nobody really cares who gets the credit or who is scoring the points as long as we get the win. We just want to see each other do well."

The recruiting process is still in its infant stages for LaChance, but he's starting to gain some interest from around the Midwest. During his freshman year, LaChance took a visit to Iowa and took visits to Creighton, Marquette and Wisconsin this past year. He's also had open gym sessions attended by coaches at Creighton, Northern Iowa and South Dakota State.

LaChance visited the Badgers for a November double feature, going to the football game against Purdue in the morning and the basketball exhibition game against UW-Stevens Point that evening.

"I've talked to Coach Ryan when I am on campus and he's a great guy," said LaChance. "He's a player's coach and has a great personality. Coach Greg Gard is probably the guy who is recruiting me, and he's given me a tour of the whole campus and he's seen me play in Kansas, at their elite camp and a couple times in Milwaukee."

Due to his proximity, LaChance says he has been to multiple Marquette games and attended the school's Midnight Madness. With the state's top two programs fresh off Sweet 16 appearances and recruiting him, LaChance couldn't ask for anything more at this early juncture.

"That's a big thing having two Top 25 programs in your backyard talking to you," said LaChance. "It's pretty awesome."

LaChance and the Ray Allen Select will take this weekend off before going to the NY2LA Spring extravaganza held in Minneapolis next weekend, which coincides with the first weekend college coaches are allowed to scout in person.

"This spring is going to be busy," said LaChance, "but I wouldn't want it any other way playing the sport I love."

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