For a 17-year-old soon-to-be high school senior, Chad Foster has a vivid imagination.
Take, for instance, Foster’s detailed, eloquent response when the Memphis Catholic basketball standout was asked why is engaging in college hoops a dream of his.
“College basketball has been a huge dream of mine from age six,” Foster told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson on Monday. “The entire plan was to play center throughout my entire basketball career. I was going to play grade school and high school basketball, then I would go on to Duke University with Coach Mike Krzyzewski, then play for the Boston Celtics with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett.
“Sadly, Duke hasn’t come along yet, but if I ever played them, I promise to kill,” Foster continued. “Anyway, the atmosphere of games is amazing. The crowds’ energy is always high, the coaches and players are deep into the games and everything is so upbeat. College basketball can get you seen by important people and connections are always great to have.”
Some pretty astounding remarks from a kid who boasts lofty aspirations of playing basketball at the next level.
To his credit, it seems Foster has made a solid case that suggests he appears very well on his way to suiting up in a college basketball uniform sometime in the Fall of 2017.
The biggest mystery that remains, however, is which institution of higher learning.
According to Foster, Brown University, Central Michigan, Kentucky State, Tennessee State, University of North Western- St. Paul, and the University of Colorado College are amongst the schools that are currently recruiting him.
And, given the assortment of camps he’s scheduled to attend this summer, the possibility exists that such a notable list could increase in the coming months, a trend by which Foster fully welcomes.
“Whatever college I may decide to go to, they will be receiving a player who puts God first in everything he does,” Foster said. “Someone who loves the sport and simply wants to win. This sport has taken me a lot of places so far and I want to put my all into it to give it what it’s given me — love, hope, passion, and manhood. (The school I attend) will be attaining a player that’s honest, dedicated, and obedient and has a huge heart.”
Not to mention one who has proven to be assertive on both ends the floor.
A 6-foot-4 swingman who also assumed the role as a center for the Chargers, Foster enjoyed an efficient junior campaign in which he averaged in the neighborhood of 15 points, six assists, and six rebounds per game. He was just as resilient defensively, where he recorded three steals and registered one block per game.
All of which proves that for a prep basketball recruit, not only is this kid quite knowledgeable of the game, but he boasts the immense skills to have an impact — early and often.
“Chad has this special touch,” said Shawnda Frazier, Foster’s mother. “First and foremost, Chad has placed God before everything at such a young age. He is the true meaning of student athlete. He takes care of business on and off the court. From being in the National Honor Society to being recruited for the Charger Christian Witness Award, he makes sure he holds it down.”
Let alone enjoys a rather beloved supporting cast in the process.
“Chad’s little sisters Kayla and Corlyn are his biggest supports right under me,” Frazier explains. “With Kayla giving his pep talks before and physical therapist after every game, and Corlyn being his little cheerleader and (being) water girl during every game, Chad has nothing to ever worry about accept for the game itself. Just as much as Chad doesn’t like losing, they dislike it (just as much).”
Regardless, amongst the things to which Frazier and her family can look forward in the coming months is waiting with great expectancy on where Foster will spend the next four years after high school.
“College basket can help me fulfill this dream and hunger I’ve had for a while and that to not only play in the NBA but stay in the NBA,” Foster said.
Using his vivid imagination.
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