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California is a hot bed for talent. Basketball has been a the forefront of some of the most notable professional and top amateur athletes. From Baron Davis to Evan Mobley, California produces some studs.

RJ Chastang is the name you need to get familiar with. Just coming into his own and putting pressure on those top players in California, RJ wants all the smoke from anyone in the class of 2025. He will be one of the best to come out of California when it's all said and done. Let's get to know RJ. 

1.When did you first start playing basketball? I first started playing basketball in 2018. I started playing in the summer because I wanted to try something new and my school had started the basketball season. 2.Who has been the biggest influence on you as a student athlete and why? I have so many big influences so I’ll list my top two first, My mother she was the biggest influence to start me playing when I first did and second, Kobe. Him working that hard influences me to do the same. 3.If you could work out and be mentored by one player in the NBA, who would it be and why? If I could workout and be mentored by a player it would have to be Lebron. He has the playmaking and the knowledge of the game to help me with my game as well. 4.How would you describe your game? I would describe myself as an all around player. I can say I do pretty well at everything . 5.California has the most NBA players as of late. The state has been booming. Which California Native do you relate your game to most? That’s a pretty hard question but I’d say Paul George. He’s a great all around player, great defensive player and very capable of scoring. 6.What is the most important lesson your mother taught you about being a student-athlete? My mother has taught me a lot about the importance of being a student athlete. The most important lesson is that no matter, what being educated is important. The ability to apply myself at 100% on the court and while learning will take me further in life than I could even imagine. 7.We at Top Elite feature players and teams on the rise and those who have been exceptional for a while. What are some things you feel are your strengths as a player? One of my strengths definitely is my shooting. It’s changed a lot in my year of playing but it has always been there for the most part. Another strength of mine I feel is my passing/vision it’s gotten better overtime. 8.How many hours a week do you train and what part of your game do you work on the most and why? In a usual week, probably about 12-15 hours every week. But now that we are stuck inside because of the coronavirus, probably about 5-6 hours a week. 9.Who or what is your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration is going to be Kobe. I say this because he didn’t wait for the game to come to him, he made it come to him. A shot missed didn’t matter to him. He could miss 30 and make 10 and it wouldn’t faze him at all. 10.You practically live in a gym and you are not afraid of putting in the work. How has your game changed from last year to this year? My game last year has changed so much. I used to be so new to everything now I’m more advanced into it. I used to only finish at the rim. Now I can do so much more things. I have so many more options. 11.If you can do and be anything else besides a basketball player when you grow up, what would it be and why? I think I would have to follow in my moms footsteps. She does a variety of things. Most of those I’m interested in. She does stuff with big name individuals. Even those up and coming and I would like to attempt things like that if I could.

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