June 24, 2010

Is UConn Still in the Mix for Chol?

While most teenagers in California spend their summer surfing and hanging out at the beach, Angelo Chol stays inside a gym. The hard working 6-foot-8 big man has seen his stock rise him all the way up to 19th nationally on Rivals.com. With a hard work ethic, the rising senior has turned himself into a force and made a name for himself on both coasts. But with all the craziness going on in Storrs, can UConn land a prospect of Chol's caliber; much less, an athlete who lives on the other side of the country? It certainly seems like a real possibility for the Huskies.

The rising senior has had the same teams on his list for a couple of months now.

"It's still the same five", said Chol. "My list is Alabama, UConn, Georgetown, Kansas and Washington."

With each school making a good case for the big man, where do the Huskies stand?

"I like the school," said the standout. "I like the coaching staff and their system. When I visited in the winter, it was good and I enjoyed the visit."

But how could a person who has lived their life on the west coast move thousands of miles just to play the game of basketball? To top that off, Connecticut is not exactly the warmest place in comparison to San Diego.

Chol went on to say, "Location is not really a factor to me. I'm just looking for the right school." Clearly, the temperature change may impact most people, but not this five star prospect.

One school that could get in the way of the Huskies landing him is Alabama. The Tide have already brought in two top prospects for the class of 2011; Rodney Cooper and Levi Randolph. They could be a threat because potentially that is the only school the rising senior has plans to look at this summer.

"I might visit Alabama in August," he said. "I haven't really planned a lot of visits though."

Kansas could be an attractive fit due to players of the past who would fit a similar role as him like Darrell Arthur that could be another threat to the Huskies. At Georgetown, he could play a similar role to Jeff Green, as well as Washington with Lorenzo Romar's solid history with big men.

The Huskies make sense, as well though. Angelo Chol has the potential to be an even better version of Jeff Adrien. Luckily the many issues with the basketball team have not impacted what he thinks of the school. UConn is still right there in his top five. As for when he will make a decision, it's nowhere close.

"I think next spring when my high school season is over." Chol later went on to say, "Right now, I've got other things going on. I have another year of high school and camps. I'm just worried about preparing for college rather than getting there."

That is certainly a mature outlook on his situation.

If UConn picks up on their recruitment of players in the class of 2011 and eventually lands some big names, they could finish off big in the late signing period by getting Chol. Anyone who picks this kid up will not only get a standout athlete, but a role model to many.

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