The 6-foot-2 point guard picked the Commodores over Creighton, Minnesota and Iowa, who last week landed a commitment from his Ray Allen Select teammate, Brady Ellingson. This past season at Brookfield Central, he averaged 20.9 points, three assists and two steals per game
“I couldn’t be more excited and happy to play for a guy like coach (Kevin) Stallings,” LaChance told Mark Stewart of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday night. “I feel extremely honored to get this opportunity. I couldn’t be more excited. I’m almost speechless right now.”
He joins a pair of four-start commits in Vanderbilt’s Class of 2014. St. Joseph High (N.J.) shooting guard Wade Baldwin became the first on Sept. 1, followed by Charlotte Christian School (N.C.) guard Matthew Fisher-Davis. LaChance is a three-star point guard, ranked No. 147 overall in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.