Duke transfer Chase Jeter tells ESPN his list includes USC, Arizona, Cal, San Diego State, Gonzaga, Oregon, Utah and UCLA. No visits set.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 5, 2017
Jeter is a former five-star recruit, who was ranked as the No. 15 player in the class of 2015. He was never able to find the minutes at Duke, however, averaging a mere 7.9 his freshman year and then missing much of his sophomore season with a back injury.
As you can perhaps guess from his list of schools, the Las Vegas native wanted to play closer to home, and that is where Gonzaga might have a good shot against the rest of the schools. Jeter just happened to play high school basketball at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, the same school that Gonzaga freshman Zach Collins graduated from.
Between the connection with Collins and Gonzaga’s now well-known history of being one of the best schools for people who want to redshirt, you have think the Zags have a great chance and landing Jeter.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Jeter would have to sit out the 2017-18 season, and that will actually work in his benefit. Johnathan Williams III is set to graduate next season, and if Collins also leaves early (for the NBA), there is a good chance that the Gonzaga front court will be Jacob Larsen and Killian Tillie—no one else.
Of course, the Zags are right now filled up on scholarships, so the addition of Jeter will have to mean the departure of someone else. If that happens, however, the minutes are here for Jeter if he wants them.