Sun Devils Starting to Grow on Chapman

Several months ago, Clint Chapman had developed a strong relationship with then Nevada assistant Dedrique Taylor. Once Taylor was hired at ASU, the Canby (Ore.) center has been giving the maroon and gold serious consideration. Devils Digest contacted the four-star prospect in Las Vegas, where his team concluded their AAU tournament, and got the latest on his recruiting.

"After Coach Taylor went to Arizona State, he kept on recruiting me," said the 6-9 215 Clint Chapman. "I really like the new coaching staff at Arizona State, and I think after what they did with North Carolina State, they'll have a great program there. They're definitely starting to grow on me, as I learn more and more about them."

Chapman, who's ranked no. 9 by among the centers of the 2007 class, had a breakout senior season at Canby High School, and didn't slow down playing in Las Vegas the last few days. "I felt I played very well, and so did my team," remarked Chapman. "I had like 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks per game. We won our pool, and just had a tough loss in the playoffs. I played with the Portland Panthers in Las Vegas, and when I play in L.A. this week it will be with the God Squad."

Versatile centers can be a rare commodity in the recruiting world, but this ASU prospect claims to be one of them. "The best thing about my game, is that I'm a big guy that can play outside, and bang down low if I need to," said Chapman of his skills. "I also have a pretty good jump shot. Probably one of the biggest things I need to work on is getting stronger and bigger."

The Sun Devils are one school the center intends to visit in the next few months, and ASU is in very respectable company when it comes to his possible visit destinations. "I'll probably visit Texas and UCLA too," stated Chapman. "I'm not sure about other schools. I really don't know when I'll make my decision. I've only been heavily recruited since the spring, so I didn't have a lot of time to think about when I'll commit. I know it will be before the season starts in November."

There's one factor that will ultimately tip the scales for Chapman when it comes to choosing a school, and that aspect right now bodes well for the Sun Devils. "The biggest thing for me is the relationship with the coaching staff," explained Chapman, "and what will the program do for me, as far as getting me ready for the next level – if that's a possibility."

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