January 10, 2014

Chase Jeter talks to THI

Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas has been a frequent stopping spot for esteemed college coaches this season.

The elite program features two of the best post players in the entire class of 2015. Stephen Zimmerman, a skilled and agile left hander is one of the big prospects on college coach's radar. The other is versatile 6-9 power forward Chase Jeter, who has quite the following as well.

He spoke with Tar Heel Illustrated this week.

"The season has been going great," said Jeter. "We are 11 and four and we get better every game."

The 220-pound junior has been doing his part, using his inside and outside skills and hitting the boards and defending the rim.

"Individually, I have been playing great. I'm running the floor, rebounding on both ends, blocking shots and scoring very well."

Jeter, who was on display at the USA mini-camp in Colorado Springs this fall, is known for being a very solid rebounder, a smart player, a fine athlete and a guy who can score with his back to the basket as well as facing up from mid-range.

He says that he's focusing on improving several aspects of his game this year. He hopes to polish up before the summer when he'll hit the AAU circuit.

"I want to work on my strength, assertiveness, confidence and overall skill -- especially from mid-range," he added.

Schools from all over the country have been watching him in open gyms, coming to his games when the NCAA allows it and making their presence felt on the sidelines.

He has been offered scholarships from elite schools across the country, including UCLA, Arizona, North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, UConn, UNLV, Indiana, Louisville and Gonzaga. The Tar Heels have been one of the more aggressive programs coming after him.

"We have built a good relationship with Coach Williams," said Jeter. "Coach (Hubert) Davis, Coach (CB) McGrath too. We speak on the phone about once a month but we text often."

He says the UNC recruiting pitch is simple and to the point. They see him as a guy, who can fit well into their system. Jeter is a skilled big man who runs the floor, can pop jumpers from mid range and he operates well in space.

"Coach Williams says he sees me as a basketball player who can fit in well in his program," he added.

Many programs are hoping to get Jeter on campus once the season is over and the invitations are coming from all over. He says that he's planning to visit some schools in his half of the country in the next six months.

"I'm planning unofficials to Arizona, UCLA and USC because they're all close to home and I'm interested in those schools."

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