Allan Chaney Explodes on Recruiting Scene

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One of the hottest rising seniors in the country in the 2008 basketball recruiting class is Allan Chaney , a 6-8, 220-pound power forward out of New London (CT). Chaney has enjoyed an outstanding last few months in AAU competition and now boasts 13 high-major Division 1 scholarship offers including one from national champion Florida.

“His break out point was the Reebok U camp in Philly in early July,” said Kalvin Bunkley, Chaney’s head coach for the Connecticut Phenom Elite. “He played hard and tough. That sparked interest, and then he backed it up. He went to the Reebok East camp and then the West Virginia Jamfest. At West Virginia, he had his statement game. We played the D-One Greyhounds, a team with a lot of good players, and he had 20 points and 15 rebounds. That solidified him as a major prospect.”

In his junior season at New London, Chaney averaged 24 points and 14 rebounds per contest. But he was more of a perimeter player despite his size, something that has changed this summer.

“We’ve got all wings, but we don’t have any big guys,” Bunkley said of his AAU squad. “We had to have him down low. This year, he really bought into being a low post guy. You incorporate that with his ability to step out and shoot the ball and you have a good prospect. Last year, he was stuck on the perimeter and he wasn’t getting the interest he wanted.”

Florida was one of the first schools to offer following Chaney’s performance at the Reebok U camp. ACC programs Boston College, Virginia and Virginia Tech have also come in with scholarship offers. Chaney is excited about the attention, but also recognizes how tough the decision making process may be.

“It is a great feeling, but it is kind of hard,” Chaney said. “When I go to narrow my list, it will be hard to say no to some great programs. It is beautiful to have everyone come at you and want you to represent their school. But it is tough.”

Chaney has been thinking a lot about his decision and is hoping to narrow his list of schools to seven, possibly as early as this week. Asked if there were any schools certain to make the cut, Chaney replied, “Ohio State, Florida, Boston College and Texas