It’s a great college atmosphere and college town; everyone is Tennessee crazy.
On Thursday, the 6-foot-5 combo guard from Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill., will reveal if he likes UT enough to be part of the Vols’ 2011 signing class.
“I’ll hold a press conference at my high school on Thursday to announce where I’m going,’’ said Chievous, who will choose between the Vols and Saint Louis. “I hadn’t been in any kind of rush with my recruitment because I needed to focus on maintaining my grades.’’
Chievous, who averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game last season at his Chicago-area high school, came to Tennessee on an official visit last weekend.
“It’s a great college atmosphere and college town; everyone is Tennessee crazy,’’ Chievous said. “I really like Coach Martin. That was my first time meeting him. I felt comfortable with him. He’s big about turning young men into men, and my mother and father like that.’’
Chievous’ father, Derrick Chievous, is Missouri’s all-time scoring leader and was a first-round pick of the Houston Rockets in the 1988 NBA draft.
Quinton Chievous said he has seen enough Tennessee basketball on television to know it’s an exciting program.
“I know the program has a lot of tradition going back to Bernard King,’’ he said. “I really did my homework on the program.’’
Tennessee did its homework on Chievous, too, and that might explain why the Vols don’t seem to be too concerned with his pedestrian recruiting ranking — ESPN.com has him rated as the 109th shooting guard.
“I really only have two years of experience playing organized ball,’’ said Chievous, who said he didn’t play much on the varsity team as a sophomore. “As for the rankings, I haven’t been exposed to much or been out there, like at the LeBron James (AAU event).
“Everyone has to start over when they go to college, so that ranking stuff doesn’t matter.’’
UT assistant Tracy Webster started recruiting Chievous while still at Nebraska. North Carolina State also was recruiting Chievous before its coaching change.
“Even before I was playing organized ball, I was at the playground going up against older guys,’’ Chievous said.
“Being from Chicago, we got that game where we play hard and act like it’s the last game every time out.’’
Chievous said if he chooses UT, he’ll enroll for the first-term of summer school.