David Chadwick has endured recruiting nearly every day for the last year – all the letters and phone calls.
Now, the 6-foot-9 Charlotte Latin forward has committed to Washington State University.
“At first, being recruited is exciting because it is all new,” Chadwick said recently. “But now, I am really glad it's over. I am extremely excited about going to Washington State and playing for Coach (Tony) Bennett.”
Chadwick, who averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds as a junior (at Latin) last season, picked the Cougars and Bennett over College of Charleston, George Mason, Ohio, Tulane, Valparaiso and Rice.
He's the son of the Rev. Dr. David Chadwick, who played for Dean Smith at UNC from 1968 to 1971.
“The whole (recruiting) process, I told David to just relax and wait until he felt like he was ready,” Dr. Chadwick said. “I think he really got that gut feeling when (Washington State and) Coach Bennett got involved.”
Bennett had been hesitant to recruit Chadwick because the coach had ties to the Chadwick family.
Bennett, who played for what then was the Charlotte Hornets from 1992 to 1995, was friends with Dr. Chadwick, who was the team's chaplain. Bennett also regularly attended Forest Hill Church, where Chadwick was pastor. The pastor presided over Bennett's marriage ceremony.
“(Coach) Bennett really didn't want to recruit because of his friendship with my father,” young David Chadwick said. “But he just kept seeing and hearing good things (about) me.”
Meanwhile, he has seen plenty of good things in his future coach. Bennett is 52-17 in two seasons at Washington State with two trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in Charlotte last season (68-47 loss to North Carolina).
“I don't think you could find a better guy to play for right now,” Chadwick said.
Chadwick saw an opportunity for early playing time as the Cougars graduated three of the top five players.
“I'm going to have to earn my playing time like everybody else,” Chadwick said. “But I'm definitely ready to go in and do what I need to do to be successful.”
Chadwick's high school coach Lane Odom, son of former Wake Forest and South Carolina coach Dave Odom, said the young athlete is one of the harder workers he has seen.
“David is really committed to being as good a basketball player as he can be,” Odom said. “I don't think I've ever seen a player work harder on his game. You almost have to kick him out of the gym.”
Chadwick says he also feels good about fitting into Washington State's free-flowing offense that fits his style of play as a shooter and passer.
“(Coach Bennett's) style and system fits right into my skill set,” he said. “I'm not the super athlete that you typically see running and jumping in the ACC and SEC.”
Chadwick will still see plenty of top-notch athletes in the Pacific 10 with teams including Arizona, Southern Cal and UCLA.
“Ever since (David) was 6 years old, this has been his dream,” Dr. Chadwick said. “To get a chance to play for a major, Division I team is what he always wanted.”