Four-star small forward Chuck O’Bannon Jr. has revealed his top eight schools.
Eight distinguished basketball programs have made the cut in the recruitment of 4-star small forward prospect, Chuck O’Bannon Jr., the son and nephew of former UCLA Bruins Charles O’Bannon Sr. and Ed O’Bannon, respectively, who were key members of the 1995 NCAA Championship team.
Ranked as the No. 49 overall player in the class of 2017, O’Bannon tweeted out his top eight schools Tuesday afternoon. The list has heavy representation from the Pac-12, ACC, Big 12 and Mountain West.
His decision will come down to Arizona, Kansas, Oregon, NC State, Texas, UCLA, UNLV and Washington.
O’Bannon received a visit in February from Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar. He also received visits from UCLA and Texas in September of 2015.
In an interview last December with Scout’s Josh Gershon, O’Bannon spoke about his close relationship with Texas head coach Shaka Smart.
“I love (Texas) coach Shaka (Smart). He’s a great guy and we talk quite often. It’s more than basketball when we talk. We’re building a good relationship.”
That has to be music to Longhorns fans’ ears. If he were to join Smart in Austin, Texas, O’Bannon would be the first member of Texas’ 2017 class. He has also developed relationships with Arizona head coach Sean Miller and UCLA’s Steve Alford, but it’s hard to argue against the prized recruit’s enthusiasm for the Longhorns.
While he has lit the way for those eight power programs to increase their recruiting efforts, O’Bannon stated he’s “in no rush at all” to make a decision.
Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.