If there was any doubt as to Ben Braun's reputation as one of the top recruiters in the country there should be absolutely none now.
Braun and his staff are steadily reeling in the top talent his Rice Basketball program needs to become a championship caliber program.
You can add super-talented big man David Chadwick to a growing list of blue-chips that includes Tamir Jackson, Arsalan Kazemi, and Trevon Abraham. He chose the Owls over interest from long list of schools including Butler, East Carolina, Indiana, Marquette, Memphis, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Penn St., and South Carolina.
Chadwick is a 6-9 215 pound Power Forward from Charlotte (NC) Latin High School. He originally signed with Washington State out of high school but asked for and received his release after former Coach Tony Bennett left the Northwest school to become Virginia's head coach.
As a result, Chadwick opted to re-open his recruitment and is attending the prestigious Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, which has turned out scores of talented NBA players such as David West and Josh Howard.
As a high school senior at Latin HS he averaged a gaudy 19 points and 11 rebounds per game en route to Class 3A All-State honors.
Chadwick had this to say about his style of play:
"Right now I am a four who likes to play with his back to the basket, depending on who is guarding me. I hear a lot that I am highly skilled with a high basketball IQ and a versatile player. I am just as comfortable posting up players as I am taking them off the dribble on the perimeter. Because I am 6-foot-9, I am able to use my length and my height to get an advantage to whoever is guarding me. I think in college I will be a four but I would like to learn how to play the three some because I can do some things on the perimeter but understand it will take some time to adjust to that."
Hargrave Coach Kevin Keatts adds this about Chadwick:
"He can really, really score. He can use both hands and he's got the ability to step out and shoot the shot from 15 feet and out to three. He's a skilled player and he's been good for us."
He is rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals and joins Guards James Reynolds and Trevon Abraham as verbal commits in the Class of 2010.
He will be 21 by the time he plays his first college game in November 2010.
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