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February 9, 2011 at 2:16 PM

UW recruit Angelo Chol scheduled to arrive Friday

Thursday is a big day for Washington, which seeks to stop its three-game losing streak with a win against visiting California. In the grand scheme of things, it could be argued Friday and Saturday’s game against Stanford are more important for the UW program.
This weekend the Huskies host San Diego standout forward Angelo Chol (left), who could be the missing piece in a 2011 class that’s considered among the top three in the Pac-10 and top 25 in the nation.
The 6-foot-9 Sudan native could also make an immediate impact next season on a team that doesn’t have an obvious successor to replace senior forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
Chol is averaging 24.4 points and is shooting 45 percent from the field this season. He’s also averaging 14.7 rebounds, 8.0 blocks and 1.3 steals for Hoover High, which is 19-7 this season.
Chol is considered the highest ranked recruit who has not committed. ranks him No. 43 overall in the class of 2011, and Rivals has him at No. 76.
Had a chance to spend a few minutes today with Hoover coach Ollie Goulston who has coached Chol since the seventh grade. Here’s an Arizona Daily Star story which details their close relationship.
Goulston told me Chol plans to arrive Friday and will make the visit by himself. Goulston attended the trip to Arizona with Chol, but said he did that because he was unfamiliar with the Wildcats program.
Goulston said Chol doesn’t have a favorite school and still plans to announce his decision Feb. 17. The other schools he’s considering are Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina and Alabama. The regular signing period begins April 13 and ends May 18.
Here’s the highlights from the interview with Goulston.

(What is Chol looking for when he’s on his visits?) “It’s a combination of things. Style of play. Relationship with the coaches. Opportunity at each program at his position. How they develop guys. All of that stuff. It’s a combination of everything.”
(How have you helped him with the recruiting?) “I made sure he went through the entire process in terms of visiting schools and gathering information. As opposed to a lot of kids jump at the first things they see, which is often times a mistake. And then just trying to filter out things and trying to be a sounding board for him. When he has questions or he needed me to ask questions. As a 17-year-old sometimes he didn’t feel comfortable asking some questions. Just things of that nature. I tried to fill that role for him.”
(What’s the gist of the advice you’ve given?) “The main thing I’ve told him was go through the process. Visit the schools. Don’t make any judgments ahead of time and when it’s all said and done, make your decision the right way. … Up to this point in life it’s the most important decision he’ll make so why rush to judgment on it. Why make any decision off of emotion because all visits are great. I’ve never heard of a bad visit. They’re all great. This is why those guys (college coaches) get paid millions of dollars because they’re good at what they do. They’re good at recruiting. They’re good at showing all of the positives of a situation without showing any of the warts. … We haven’t talked about the decision itself. Just like after the home visits, we went through what he liked and didn’t like. After all of the visits are made, we’ll approach it the same way. I’ll ask him how did it go. He’ll tell me, but we don’t go into much detail. Next week after Washington is done, we’ll let it sit for a day or two. Let it percolate. Then we’ll sit down and talk about it. … He’ll make the decision that’s best for him because ultimately no matter what I think or you think or Lorenzo Romar thinks, Angelo Chol has to spend 4-5 years at that school.”
(What type of player is Chol?) “Angelo is a very versatile player. That’s the No. 1 thing that comes to mine. At 6-9, he can handle well both offensively and defensively. He was a tall kid that could block shots and rebound when he was young and he was a little behind offensively because he started playing so late so people labeled him as a raw player offensively, which is farthest from the truth. If you come into our gym and watch him, he’s very versatile. He’s shooting 40 percent on threes. He’s averaging 25 points a game against double teams and triple teams. And we play a very tough schedule. We play against four teams that are ranked so it’s not like he’s playing against nobodys. I think he’s very versatile. Obviously he’s a great rebounder. He can block shots. He’s very athletic. But he can also pass. He can shoot it. He’s a great teammate. He’s very unselfish. He cares about his team. He cares about winning. I think he can be a very, very good basketball player. I actually think his game will translate even better in college because now he’s being double and tripled teams and he’s a little too unselfish. As he gets around better players, Angelo tries to make the right play and unfortunately in high school sometimes when you have a guy as talented as him, you’d don’t necessary want them to make the right decision. You want them to be a little more selfish because you need him to do more and other guys can’t do what he can do.”
(How long has Chol played basketball?) “He started in the seventh grade.”
(How did he make his way from Sudan to San Diego?) “He and his father were refugees. His father at one point was a musician in Sudan. He was a refugee because of his music. They escaped through a refugee camp. They got sent to Egypt eventually assigned to San Diego. It’s amazing.”
(He sounds like a kid with a fascinating background.) “He’s a very, very special young man. He’s very humble. He’s a very good person. His personality is magnetic. I’ve never heard anyone say word about the kid. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn’t like him socially.

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