Boise State men’s basketball gets verbal commit from wing Hutchison

Chandler Hutchison

Chandler Hutchison

Chandler Hutchison visited Boise State to get a better feel for what life might be like at one of the potential places where he’d play college basketball.
A weekend around campus and around town was enough to make him decide he wanted to suit up for the Broncos.
Hutchison, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound wing from Mission Viejo High in California verbally committed to Boise State on Saturday night. The senior-to-be plans to sign in November, and would join the Broncos for the 2014-15 season. He is the first known commitment for that class.
“I was just like ‘OK, I’ll take my visit and experience it, see what they have to offer,’” Hutchison said Sunday. “But going there really opened my eyes to what they were building and I had to be a part of it.”
ESPN.com rated Hutchison as the No. 10 prospect in Calfiornia for the 2014 class, saying “Hutchison is a diamond in the rough that is slowly, but assuredly, getting polished. The lengthy wing-type has great ball skills, a high basketball IQ, and is an astute passer.”
Hutchison said he chose Boise State over UC Irvine, Santa Clara, San Diego and Saint Mary’s.
“Just a ton of upside to him,” said Hutchison’s AAU coach, Perry Webster. “He’s long, rangy and can defend multiple positions. He can really improve as a shooter, and the coaches at Boise State are a great fit for that.”
Webster also praised Hutchison’s ability to pass, and Hutchison said “it’s a big part of my game.” As a junior, Hutchison averaged 10 points, five rebounds and two assists per game. He said he wants to hone his aggressiveness to the basket on offense while improving his range, but the biggest focus before arriving in Boise will be to get bigger.
“The main goal for me is going to be to put on as much weight as I can, hopefully be around 200 when I get there,” Hutchison said.
The Broncos will have three scholarship seniors depart after the upcoming 2013-14 season — guard Jeff Elorriaga, guard Thomas Bropleh and forward Ryan Watkins.
Hutchison also is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com. Here is ESPN’s full scouting report on Hutchison from last month (click here):
Strengths:
 Hutchison is a diamond in the rough that is slowly, but assuredly, getting polished. The lengthy wing-type has great ball skills, a high basketball IQ, and is an astute passer. He excels in transition where he attacks the basket and has the necessary athleticism to slash his way to the rim. He makes good decisions both in transition and in the half-court set. He is a gifted passer and appears to have the necessary savvy to play at the D-I level.
Weaknesses:
 His jump shot isn’t broken, but it will need to get more consistent. He can sprinkle in jump shots, but his shot needs more arc and lift (legs) behind it. In addition, there are times he leaves his feet while passing, which leads to unnecessary turnovers.
Bottom Line: 
Overall though, he is a talent that will probably evolve into a high-major 3-man with continued skill development.
In July, ESPN saw him at an AAU event in California this summer (which included Borah’s Isaiah Wright) and called Hutchison the top multi-talented wing, saying “Hutchinson has the type of frame college coaches covet, and he possesses the game as well. His length is impressive and his game has improved significantly in the past six months. Hutchinson’s footwork is solid while maneuvering for shots in the paint, and he can finish with either hand. His passing prowess was exhibited as well as he handed out some nice assists. He needs to add more arc to his jumper, but overall his progress has been excellent.”

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