|Posted on July 27, 2016 at 12:25 AM|
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Green Bay has officially landed their first commitment for the 2017 recruiting class.
Will Chevalier, a 6’8” forward from nearby Kimberly, Wisconsin tweeted late Monday night that he has committed to Green Bay.
“Very blessed and excited to announce that I will continue my education and basketball career at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay!” he tweeted.
Chevalier was an integral part of Kimberly’s 17-8 overall record last season, averaging 18.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game during his junior season. The Papermakers went 12-6 in one of the toughest conferences in the state with Chevalier being named to the Fox Valley Association’s all-conference first team.
Showing an ability to take over in big games, he scored a season high 28 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in Kimberly’s 85-74 victory over eventual conference champion Kaukauna back on February 16th.
According to Mark Miller of WisSports.net, Chevalier is a “versatile forward who can hurt opponents with his offense in the lane and from the perimeter.”
That versatility includes athletic dunks as well as the ability to hit from beyond the arc. He made 32.6% (46-141) of his three point attempts during his junior season.
He chose Green Bay over a scholarship offer from Idaho State as well as interest from several other mid-major schools.
His verbal commitment still leaves the Phoenix with 5 open scholarships for the 2017 recruiting class to replace Green Bay’s outgoing senior class of Turner Botz, Kenneth Lowe, Tevin Findlay, Charles Cooper, Jamar Hurdle, and Warren Jones. Head coach Linc Darner has extended scholarship offers to several prospects from across the Midwest.
Prospects cannot officially sign with a program until the early signing period begins November 9th.
Caleb Coleman mystery
Earlier this summer, Caleb Coleman, a 6’6” guard / forward from Hammond, Indiana, claimed that he was joining the Phoenix.
“Verbally committing to University of Wisconsin at Greenbay #Phoenix,” he tweeted.
However, he later clarified in a since-deleted tweet that he was only leaning towards Green Bay and intended to play out the July AAU circuit before making an official commitment. His current status is unknown.
The versatile Coleman led his Hammond team in scoring this past season as a junior at 15.5 points per game along with 9 rebounds per contest. He helped his team to a 13-11 record and an appearance in the Class 4A sectional final where they lost to heavy favorite Griffith.
He was named to the Northwest Indiana Times second team all-area team this season.
“When this young man’s game was on, few could even slow him down,” the newspaper said. “Expect big numbers next season for the Wildcats and Coleman.”
According to the Times, Coleman has scholarship offers from Green Bay and Kent State along with interest from Toledo, Denver, Northern Illinois, Wyoming, Detroit, and Loyola.
With the July recruiting period now complete, an official announcement could be coming soon.