Big Week for LaChance

Even though he ended the event with a swollen ankle, Brookfield Central (Wis.) junior guard Riley LaChance performed so well in his first summer AAU tournament that three schools extended him a scholarship offer.

MADISON - Even with his right ankle being iced and elevated, Brookfield Central (Wis.) junior guard Riley LaChance couldn't help but be appreciative to the opportunities that have come his way in the past week.

Despite seeing his Ray Allen Select teammates fall short in the semifinals of the NY2LA Next Level Invitational, LaChance has picked up his first three scholarship offers in the past week from Western Michigan, South Dakota and South Dakota State Tuesday.

"It's a great feeling and something I have worked all my life for," LaChance told Badger Nation. "It was one of my goals, so it feels good to accomplish your goals and have that opportunity."

Having all three coaching staffs watch him play in Mequon, LaChance played what he called his ‘most complete' tournament, scoring from all parts of the court (he turned in two 18-plus point performances) and contributing solid defense on the other end of the floor.

In his eye, his play in part led to the three opportunities.

"I played pretty well in the tournament," said LaChance. "I am playing with a lot of confidence and I am shooting the ball more consistently. It helps to be playing with a lot of confidence."

That should help LaChance as he starts to build toward bigger offers. According to the 6-1 junior guard, Green Bay and Virginia contacted him following the tournament. Wisconsin and associate head coach Greg Gard have always been monitoring LaChance as he goes through July's open evaluation period.

"Wisconsin was at a couple of my games over the weekend and they continue to send letters," said LaChance. "Coach Gard told me at the camp that he thought I had been playing well. He said that he would be staying in touch."

LaChance is hoping that his ankle heals quick enough to play against the Illinois Wolves in today's opening game of the UA Summer Jam again being played at Mequon Homestead HS outside Milwaukee.

"I am not looking to be out a long time," said LaChance, whose team will play in Las Vegas the following week. "I plan on playing."

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