By Roy & Harv Schmidt
At long last Chris Colvin's recruitment has come to a merciful end. After months of hearsay and rampant speculation, Colvin finally laid everything to rest by announcing his college choice live on a local sports talk show. As a result, he will be playing his college basketball in the Big 12. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the particulars behind Colvin's decision in this story.
Finally the long-lasting circus otherwise known as the Chris Colvin recruitment has come to an end. After several twists and turns and a lot of rampant speculation and guessing on the part of other internet analysts, the 6'2 point guard from Whitney Young High School in Chicago announced this afternoon that he has signed a letter of intent with Iowa State University. Colvin chose the Cyclones over Providence, Connecticut and others.
There were a number of factors that came into play with respect to Colvin's final decision. First and foremost was immediate playing time. Ike Colvin (Chris' father) all along stressed the importance of picking a school that would put the ball in his son's hands from day one. There is no question that of the final schools that were on Colvin's list, Iowa State offers the best chance of making that wish a reality.
Another factor that cannot be underemphasized is the role that Cyclone assistant coach Daniyal Robinson played in Colvin's recruitment. Robinson has long been a close friend of the Colvin family and needless to say has been able to establish a strong connection and relationship with Chris as a result. Not only that, but Robinson was relentless in his pursuit of Colvin and let it be known from the beginning how much Colvin was wanted not only by himself but by everyone at Iowa State. It is simply another example of why we have said that Robinson is one of the hardest workers out there on the recruiting trail and is truly one of the bright young assistant coaches in all of college basketball.
Iowa State was also the last school that Colvin visited prior to his announcement. In addition to taking an official visit to the Ames campus, Colvin also took officials to Providence and Marquette. It had long been believed that USC was the leader for Colvin, but this changed when word leaked out that the Trojans had not offered Colvin a scholarship. As a result, Colvin ended up cancelling the official visit that he had scheduled there for the weekend of November 7. Connecticut also tried to get involved, but ended up being late for the party and never offered either. And then there was Illinois, who ended up making Colvin's final list despite being out of scholarships in the 2009 class. With that in mind, our only question is how many people in the end took the Illini's inclusion all that seriously?
Colvin is a pure point guard in the truest sense of the word. He sees the floor exceptionally well, has tremendous ball handling and passing skills and a quick first step which allows him to get by just about anybody en route to the basket. In fact, we haven't seen anyone in the state who is capable of staying in front of him in a man-to-man situation.
Colvin turned in outstanding performances throughout the past spring and summer, both in team shootouts with his high school team and on the AAU circuit while competing for Top Flight, the Chicago Express and the Mac Irvin Fire. At the present time we consider it a tossup between him and 6'3 guard Brandon Paul from Warren Township High School in Gurnee, IL for the honor of being ranked as our #1 player in Illinois from the class of 2009. It therefore goes without saying that we consider Colvin to be a tremendous get for head coach Greg McDermott and the Cyclones.
Colvin plays on a Whitney Young team that is absolutely loaded, as they sport as many as six other D1 players on their roster and will be in the running all season long for the #1 team ranking in the state regardless of class.