As if to confirm that anything resembling stability is an illusion when it comes to college basketball recruiting, the University of Louisville’s former top recruit in the 2011 class suddenly has a case of wanderlust.
Michael Chandler, the 6-foot-10, 225-pound prospect from Indianapolis Lawrence North, has indicated that he’s still committed to Louisville but wants to be recruited by other schools. He told an Indianapolis Star blogger:
“I wouldn’t say I’ve decommitted because that makes it sound like a bad thing, but I’ve decided to open it up and look around again. I wanted to look around a little bit before I made things final and signed my letter of intent.”
Well, that’s certainly reassuring, not even admitting that he’s reneging on his word. Just wants to hear what other coaches have to offer. Make the trips, get wined and dined, become the buzz again on scouting sites and fan message boards. You know the routine.
He’s obviously back on the market, in every sense of the term. To secure him, Rick Pitino will have to up the ante somehow … in a sport where there’s not supposed to be an ante.
Too much gong on behind the scenes in basketball recruiting these days for fans to ever get comfortable with early verbal commitments.
See ya, Michael.