With his high school career now behind him, Bubba Chandler will soon have a big decision to make.
He accepted a scholarship from Clemson, where he can play quarterback for the football team while also competing for the baseball team.
In recent months, however, Chandler found himself mentioned in several mock drafts ahead of the Major League Baseball draft. Those mock drafts project Chandler will be picked in the first round of the draft, which will be held in July.
The scholarship from Clemson and the potential draft selection by an MLB team are good indicators of the talent and versatility Chandler provided during his time at North Oconee High School.
And earlier this week, Chandler was recognized by WSBTV in Atlanta for his multi-faceted athletic exploits.
Chandler was named the 2020-21 Montlick & Associates athlete of the year. A crew from WSBTV visited North Oconee and spoke to Chandler and Titans baseball coach Jay Lasley for a video recognizing him for the award.
That video, posted to WSBTV’s social media feeds Monday evening, showcases Chandler in the same upbeat demeanor those who follow NOHS sports have come to expect.
“The long-term dream is to become the next Deion Sanders, of course,” Chandler said during the video, referencing the former NFL and MLB standout Sanders. “But, this day and age, it probably won’t happen. ... I couldn’t really tell you which one I’d pick. I love both sports to death.”
This past school year, Chandler finished up his football career with the Titans.
He finished with more than 3,600 yards passing, 1,000 yards rushing and 50 touchdowns.
Chandler helped push the Titans into the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
With North Oconee’s baseball team, Chandler this season batted over .400 with eight home runs. On the mound, Chandler tossed 44 innings and finished with an 8-1 record and almost 100 strikeouts.
“I think the biggest thing when you think about Bubba Chandler is the impact he has on his teammates,” Lasley told WSBTV. “He is a constant cheerleader for those guys around him, one of the best leaders we’ve had here.”
North Oconee took part in the award not only by having one of its top student-athletes receive the recognition but by also accepting a $5,000 donation from Montlick & Associates.