Jay Jay Chandler knows exactly what he’s looking for in a college program. It’s all about tempo for the 6-foot-4 guard out of Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Tx.
So far, he’s liking what he’s hearing from a couple of programs that have suggested that they’d give him the opportunity to run and play his fast-paced brand of basketball. Chief among them is Arkansas, which is one of four SEC schools that have offered him a scholarship.
“I like them. I’ve been talking to them a lot. The way they’ve been talking to me about high-tempo type game, pushing it up and down the court, finishing around the rim and just letting the guards play the game,” Chandler said. “That’s what I like the most. If your able to play the game, then you’re just playing basketball and not looking over your shoulder worrying about being pulled out. You’re just playing.”
Arkansas was third in the SEC in points per game last season, scoring 78.2 per outing to finish behind only Kentucky and LSU.
However, Chandler says Arkansas isn’t alone in the promise of fast play. Many of the 20-plus schools that have offered him have been saying that his style would fit them. However, playing in the SEC could be the top priority when Chandler narrows his list at some point during the current live period.
Texas A&M, Missouri and Alabama have offered Chandler, and LSU was in contact with him early in the process but hasn’t maintained contact recently.
The stigma that has been surrounding the SEC in recent years in which the conference has had limited NCAA Tournament appearances doesn’t bother Chandler, who still sees it as an elite group of programs.
“SEC schools – they’re going to be some of the top schools I look to, because it’s one of the best conferences. I’m going to be looking into that,” Chandler said.
Chandler hopes to be able to cut his list in the weeks following Peach Jam, which ends Sunday.