Farmington’s Chandler signs with BYUNov 18, 2021 08:49AM ● By Josh McFadden
Farmington senior Collin Chandler, the top prospect in Utah, will take his basketball skills to BYU. Photo courtesy FHS
For the past couple of seasons, Farmington basketball standout Collin Chandler has frustrated opponents and dominated play on the court.
Next year, the All-State shooting guard will take his talents south to Brigham Young University.
Last week, Chandler declared his intentions to play for the Cougars. He subsequently signed a letter of intent to make things official, joining a Mark Pope-coached squad that qualified for the NCAA tournament last season. BYU finished second in the West Coast Conference to Gonzaga, a squad that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the season and ended up losing in the NCAA title game to Baylor.
BYU will join the Big 12 conference in the 2023–24 season.
Chandler was a highly recruited player, having drawn serious interest from PAC 12 schools Arizona, Oregon, Stanford and the University of Utah, among others.
It’s not difficult to see why Chandler has been such a hot commodity. Last season as a junior at Farmington, he led the Phoenix to the Class 5A title game. He averaged 22.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game a year ago. He made nearly three 3-pointers per contest and had 17 games of at least 20 points last season. He also hit the 30-point mark four times, including a 36-point outburst on Jan. 15 against Bountiful.
As a sophomore, he averaged 17.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists a game. He had 36 points in his Farmington debut against East on Nov. 26, 2019, and had 35 points later that season at home against Box Elder on Jan. 10, 2020.
Chandler is one of the top prospects in the state in several years. ESPN rates him as the 28th-best player in the country in the class of 2022. In 2016, Lone Peak’s Frank Jackson was a top-15 national recruit coming out of high school. He enrolled at Duke University and was later selected in the NBA draft.
Chandler may not suit up for the Cougars for a while, however. He intends to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first.