JUCO 4-Star Mike Chandler Commits to Oregon Basketball

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Mike Chandler
Mike Chandler

Ducks basketball, well known for finding junior college prospects under coach Dana Altman, picked up a little more size for the 2014 season on Tuesday night when Northwest Florida State center Michael Chandler committed to Oregon.

“Coach [Dana] Altman and his staff will help Michael become a special player and a really special person,” said Chandler’s junior college coach Steve DeMeo. “We are very excited that Michael is going to such a special place like Oregon.”

When Chandler was deciding on colleges, he was leaning towards Louisville, Xavier and UCF — eventually deciding on UCF. However, he didn’t qualify academically at the time to get into Central Florida and decided on NFSU.

DeMeo said Chandler is on track to be academically eligible and qualify out. When he was a high school prospect, he was in the top 50 nationally.

Chandler can defend the post and score down low well, and DeMeo says he has range out to 17 feet.

He joins Casey Benson, Ray Kasongo and Dwayne Benjamin as the other prospects in the Duck recruiting class of 2014.

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Franklin Bains, contributing sports writer for EDN, writes about Ducks volleyball, Eugene prep sports and Pac-12 football, as well as some odds and ends in Oregon sports. Previously wrote for the Oregon Daily Emerald. Bains writes a weekly Pac-12 recap, and his favorite place in the spring might just be the PK Park press box.

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