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April 15, 2005

Spring Showcase Update: Chase Budinger

Most of the big name players at the Las Vegas Spring Showcase are not playing tonight. However, Rivals.com caught up with one of the fastest rising players from the class of 2006, Chase Budinger, at the McDermott Center in Las Vegas with, his Southern California All-Star teammates

"I am really looking forward to this year," Budinger said. "I am excited about this year and am playing for a good team (So Cal All-Stars). Most of the teams recruiting me are on the West Coast. UCLA, Arizona, Stanford and Kansas are some of the schools that I am interested in at this time.

"I'm not really too focused on my recruitment right now," he added. "I still need to decide if I am going to play basketball, volleyball or both sports in college. That is a major question that I need to answer. Several schools offer me the opportunity to play both, but some don't. Arizona doesn't have volleyball but UCLA and Stanford do."

Until the time comes for Budinger, the No. 33 ranked player in the class of 2006, to make a decision about his future, he intends to focus on improving his game and, more importantly, enjoying the summer circuit.

"I am a solid 6-foot-7 right now," Budinger said. "I might even be a little taller than that. The fact that I have grown has not changed my game. I can get higher off the ground and I am harder to defend on the perimeter because of my increased growth."

Its not yet known if Budinger will play basketball and volleyball in college, or if he will play just one. Once he makes a decision about how many sports to play at the next level, deciding what school to attend will be a much easier process for the No. 8 ranked small forward in the class.

"I don't plan to make any decision about my future for a little while," he said. "Once I make a decision about how many sports to play in college, my final decision will be much easier."

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