Chandler Hutchison visited Boise State to get a better feel for what life might be like at one of the potential places where hed play college basketball.
A weekend around campus and around town was enough to make him decide he wanted to suit up for the Broncos.
Hutchison, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound wing from Mission Viejo High (Calif.), verbally committed to Boise State on Saturday night. The senior plans to sign in November, and would join the Broncos for the 2014-15 season. He is the first known commitment for that class.
I was just like, OK, Ill take my visit and experience it, see what they have to offer, Hutchison said Sunday. But going there really opened my eyes to what they were building, and I had to be a part of it.
Scout.com rated Hutchison as a three-star prospect. ESPN.com ranks him as the No. 10 prospect in Calfiornia for the 2014 class, saying Hutchison is a diamond in the rough that is slowly, but assuredly, getting polished. The lengthy wing-type has great ball skills, a high basketball IQ, and is an astute passer.
Hutchison said he chose Boise State over UC Irvine, Santa Clara, San Diego and Saint Marys.
Just a ton of upside to him, said Hutchisons AAU coach, Perry Webster. Hes long, rangy and can defend multiple positions. He can really improve as a shooter, and the coaches at Boise State are a great fit for that.
Webster also praised Hutchisons ability to pass, and Hutchison said its a big part of my game. As a junior, Hutchison averaged 10 points, five rebounds and two assists per game. He said he wants to hone his aggressiveness to the basket on offense while improving his range, but the biggest focus before arriving in Boise will be to get bigger.
The main goal for me is going to be to put on as much weight as I can, hopefully be around 200 when I get there, he said.
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