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Q&A with UNLV target Chase Jeter, a rising local in class of 2015

Last fall, Chase Jeter walked into the Mendenhall Center to watch a UNLV practice and 10 minutes after walking out the door, he had a scholarship offer. The Rebels hope getting in early with a legacy local could help them land a class of 2015 prospect with a growing list of offers.

On Friday afternoon, Jeter said that list includes UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Oregon State, Missouri and UNLV. He’s taken unofficial visits to UNLV, UCLA and San Diego State.

Jeter has had a decent following of coaches at his games during this week’s Super 64 at Valley and Rancho high schools. In Friday’s victory for Dream Vision 16U against Team Loaded (Gore), he struggled with shot selection and fouls as UNLV coach Dave Rice and assistant Stacey Augmon watched from the baseline.

That game has been an outlier in a summer that has seen Jeter’s stock continually rise. Read through for his thoughts on his game and the program where his dad, Chris Jeter, helped win a national championship with Augmon and Rice.

How do you think this tournament has gone?

I’ve gotten into foul trouble a couple of games but me and my teammates are just trying to go out and have fun in this last tournament and get into the championships to win it all.

How much have you split time between playing with the 16U and 17U squads?

Milwaukee was the only tournament I played 17s. I didn’t play there this tournament because we got one of our players back so I’m playing 16s. I’m happy as long as I’m playing.

I’ve heard from a lot of people impressed with your improved play this summer. To what do you attribute that?

Work ethic. I get in the gym every day trying to get better and better, work on my weak points and keep improving on my strong points.

What do you consider your strengths right now?

Defensive rebounding. Getting good position on guys and also my post moves, I’ve got great footwork but need to continue to improve on it.

What are the things you’re focused on improving?

Strength. And ball handling, but just in the half-court set. I don’t need to be taking it up the court, just need to get a better handle so little guards can’t take it away from me easily.

What are some of the things that interest you about the Rebels program?

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They’ve got a good fan base, obviously. Facilities, they have Mendenhall right on site so all their players have the chance to go work out whenever they want. And great history. The 1990 team that my dad played for, and Jerry Tarkanian has a former player back with Dave Rice as coach and Stacey Augmon as an assistant. They’ve got great coaching and great facilities. It’s a great team.

Does your dad want you to go to UNLV?

Both of my parents are open to wherever I want to go.

Are you waiting to see if any other schools reach out to you?

Yeah, still waiting. There have been a lot coaches at the games but I’m taking my time right now. I’ve got a long time before I make my decision so I’m just having fun with it.

Have you thought about when you plan to make a decision?

End of the summer next year or mid-senior year. I’ve been thinking about that lately. I haven’t made my mind up yet though.

What are some of the main factors you’re looking for in a program?

Family setting, a good team with great coaching and good player development. Location’s not really a factor. And a place I’ll be able to play as a freshman.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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