After taking an unofficial visit to Texas over the weekend, Clint Chapman, one of the biggest breakout players of the summer, wasted no time in committing to the Longhorns.
"The visit to Texas was awesome," said Chapman, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound power forward from Canby (Ore.) High School. "The facilities blew me away. They were crazy. And I got along really well with the players. I loved the players and the coaches."
A number of schools jumped on Chapman after his strong performance at the NBA Players Camp just prior to the July evaluation period. In the end, he chose Texas over Oregon and Arizona State, whom he visited on the way to Texas.
While many prospects are in search of guaranteed early playing time, Chapman is intrigued by the challenge he will face at Texas to earn playing time.
"I think I will fit in well there, but it will be a challenge," he said. "Being one of the best programs in the nation, they recruit at such a high level and there is so much talent there. It will be a challenge to get playing time, and that is the type of challenge I want to take on."
Chapman is the second 2007 Texas commitment along with Gary Johnson. Chapman's playing style is a perfect compliment to Johnson, who excels right around the basket and has limited perimeter skills. Chapman is comfortable facing the basket and can stretch the defense with his three-point shooting range and is a capable post feeder from the high post.
Chapman, the No. 59 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, averaged 15.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game as a junior.
Clint Chapman scouting report:
Chapman is a mobile big man who can both beat his man down the court for easy buckets and trail the break and make three-pointers. He also can score on back to the basket moves with his soft touch. Not explosive off the court or a physical player, he has plenty of room to improve as a defender and rebounder.