July 30, 2008
Charlotte in good shape for Braswell.
Chris Braswelll doesn't make guarantees.
Not when he's headed to a tournament, a game and, least of all, when he's visiting a school.
Still, the 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward has made Charlotte the lone exception to his "no promises" rule.
"Charlotte is definitely getting one of my five visits," he said. "I'm open on the rest of the visits, but Charlotte will be a school that I visit, most definitely."
An impressive feat for Charlotte with offers from Connecticut, Indiana, Syracuse, West Virginia, Xavier, Providence, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh.
Braswell, widely regarded as a gem in the 2008 class, made his name at Hargrave Military Academy this past season averaging 17.5 points and 10 rebounds and leading the Cadets to a 29-0 record.
Initially, Braswelll verbally committed to Georgetown in October of 2006, but reopened his recruitment this spring after also announcing that he planned to do a post-grad year at Hargrave.
"I just wanted to weigh my options again," Braswelll said. "I wanted to see what else was out there."
It helps the Niners that associate head coach Rob Moxley has been there with Braswell for years. The two forged a relationship since Moxley was an assistant at Maryland trying to get Braswelll to be a Terp.
"Coach Rob is real cool, and I know him pretty well," Braswelll said. "I've known him a long time. The coaches down there at Charlotte seem to really want me. I like that. I have to get down there and see what all Charlotte has to offer. If I get down there and like all of the surroundings and the campus they could be in the top. I'm just not sure when I'm gonna be able to get down there."
Braswelll isn't sure on when he'll narrow his list down either.
"I'm playing it by ear," he said. "I've been talking it over with my mother and my coach and we'll get the list down at some point. Right now I'm just working on getting better."
Braswell's best trait is his versatility.
He's dominant with his back to the basket, but has the ability to step out and hit the mid-range jump shot.
"I can knock down the three sometime too," he said. "But my best move is my spin move. That's probably the go-to move right there."
And currently Charlotte is the only school that's sure to see it on an official visit.
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