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2017 SG Charles O’Bannon Jr

June 12th, 2016 News No Comments

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A player that the Arizona staff is very familiar with is 2017 6’6 200 pound shooting guard scorer Charles (Chuck) O’Bannon, Jr. The smooth guard out of Bishop Gorman (Henderson, NV) has size for the position and range to go along with it. PGU spoke with O’Bannon, Jr. about where he stands after recently trimming his list down to 8 schools.

“I like to play in transition and get after it on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively I have long arms so I just try to keep my hands active and get in the passing lanes to get steals that lead into transition buckets.”

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 3.37.47 PMDefensively, the 5 star top 25 talent has the size to cause problems but still believes it can get better. “It can always use improvement with lateral quickness but ill get there. Just getting stronger in the weight room and that will improve with my quickness.”

O’Bannon, Jr. plays on the Nike EYBL circuit with the Las Vegas Prospect where he teams up with other Arizona targets in 2017 point guard Troy Brown and 2018 forward KJ Hymes. “We have a pretty good squad this summer playing in the EYBL so that is helping all of us play better when everyone is playing at a high level. That’s what I love about my team.”

Upon cutting his list where he included Arizona his teammate made a splash where the 5 star point guard Troy Brown said they would be a package deal. “We talk about playing together all of the time. We’re getting recruited by basically the same schools so it could happen. We really love to ball together to so we talk about it a lot.”

While playing against top competition at the Pangos All-American Camp the top flight guard had some goals set for himself. “I just want to show that I’m the top shooting guard in the country so that’s why I’m here and that’s why everyone else is here too I’m sure. We’re all looking to prove ourselves and I’m no different.”

After the recent list of schools that was put out PGU talked with him about his reasons behind the selections. “I just wanted to cut my list to the coaches that have stayed in contact with me.” With Arizona being a school on the list he gave his reasons as to why. “I talk to coach Miller the most and they’re a top program every year and that’s a big thing.”

“They stay consistent with everything that they do. They’ve been running the Pac-12 for years now. They sell out every single one of their games so it’s a great place to be and their facilities are A1.”

“I plan on taking my visits sometime after the AAU season and Arizona will definitely be in the top 5 for sure.”

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