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BIG SUMMER AHEAD FOR ANDREW CHRABASCZ WITH BABC
Andrew Chrabascz, a 6-foot-7 forward weighing 235 pounds out of Cushing Academy in Massachusetts, enters the summer AAU and camp season with plenty of eyes on him. Top mid-major programs galore have been recruiting Chrabascz and will hold their breath as he hits the AAU trail with powerful BABC for the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League championships at the Peach Jam and end of July events in Orlando (FL). High major programs continue to track the multi-faceted game of Chrabascz, who is a skilled power forward.
One thing is certain, Chrabascz will produce. He is almost like a Georges Niang-lite, whose production last year with BABC on the AAU trail pushed his recruitment from the mid-major range to a schoalrship to Iowa State with plenty of other programs in hot pursuit when he made his decision. On the Oakland leg of the EYBL regular season, Chrabascz showed he is continuing to work towards being an effective face-up 4, and his shooting out to 17 feet or so is worthy of such a position. He was also willing to go inside and mix it up, effectively working on the glass at both ends and also finishing in traffic.
During the EYBL regular season, which BABC finished 11-9 and earning an automatic invite to the Peach Jam, Chrabascz led BABC in rebounding (7.3/game) and was their fourth leading scorer (8.4 ppg), while shooting over 56% (52-92) from the floor. His spring AAU performance was a direct carry-over from his regular season at Cushing Academy where he was one of the Class of 2013′s Top Performers at the National Prep School Invitational as Chrabascz dominated in both his games showing off a refined post game and finishing with both hands. While he is an “under the rim” post player, increasing his strength will make him a tough player to stop at the college level because of his refined footwork in the post that allows him to break through defenses for layups in the paint.
The top mid-major programs will hope he continues to be overlooked by the high-major programs through the summer, but interest continues to grow in Chrabascz from a variety of schools at different levels of college basketball.
“As of now I have 31 offers and interest from just about every conference you can think of,” he said about his recruitment. “Recent offers are from Creighton, a lot from the Atlantic 10, Rhode Island, Duquesne, UMass, Fordham, George Washington, La Salle, St. Bonaventure. [Also] Ohio, Rice, Hofstra, Toledo, UAB and Davidson, just to name a few. Butler and Gonzaga have reached out recently.
As of now I do not have any leaders or favorites.”
Chrabascz will be taking his time with his recruitment and seeing how things evolve through the summer and likely into the fall.
“Personally, I don’t have a time frame for a decision,” he said. “I don’t feel pressured or anything getting out of hand yet so I’m just taking this day-by-day [and] enjoying the process.”
More on his mind in the immediate future is the month of July ahead with BABC. With Jaylen Brantley, Rene Castro, Wayne Seldon, Goodluck Okonoboh and others, BABC will again be a factor in all the high-profile events they take part in. You can be certain alot of scouts and college coaches will also be watchign closely, which is what draws players like Chrabascz to the program.
“I love the winning tradition this program has,” he said. “We are a top team in the country and we compete against the best competition. Competing in the EYBL tournaments were great this spring AAU season and qualifying for Peach Jam was definitely the highlight so far. This summer I’m definitely looking forward to the Peach Jam of course and the Super Showcase in Florida.”
Chrabascz will continue to work on his game through the summer as his goal is to go out with a championship in his senior season at Cushing Academy. He will also continue to fine tune his skills on what he will offer a program at the college level.
“I want to keep working on my all around game just because I want to become the best basketball player I can possibly be,” he said. “This means I’ll have to keep refining my footwork down low and keep improving my perimeter game if I want to be a successful face up four at the next level.”
From our viewings last season and already this spring…Andrew Chrabascz is certainly on his way to becoming a successful face up four man at the college level. The question will still remain what level he settles in at…but he certainly has many quality options to choose from and the list will likely grow throughout the summer as more schools get to see him in action. Stay tuned to NBE throughout the summer as we follow his journey towards a college decision.