Sun Devils in Chapman's Top Five

The maroon and gold have been courting the Canby (Ore.) star for a few months now. The center's stock has kept on rising all spring and summer and other teams have joined the ever growing list of suitors. ASU's efforts have been rewarded thus far, as Clint Chapman is holding them in high regard, and the recent verbal commitments to the Sun Devils haven't gone unnoticed by him.

Arizona State's assistant head coach Dedrique Taylor has been recruiting the 6-9 215 Clint Chapman, while serving the same position at Nevada. Once Taylor arrived in Tempe, he kept in contact with Chapman and the center became one the most coveted 2007 prospects by the Sun Devils. "I talk almost everyday to Coach Taylor and Coach Sendek," said Chapman, who's a four-star prospect. "I really like how they have a great coaching staff and I have a chance to be part of something big and be there from the beginning when they start building the program."

In the last week and half, the Sun Devils secured their first two commitments of the 2007 class, and created quite a splash when James Harden and Jamelle McMillan gave their pledge. Consider Chapman as one of many impressed observers. "I think Arizona State has a great recruiting class, and they don't have commits in my class that are competing for my position," he remarked. "So, I would be able just to go in and play and not worry about that. I think it's great that they got both guys and I know them both. I've been talking to Jamelle recently after his decision, and he was asking me how I felt about ASU."

It has been reported that ASU and Texas are the center's co-favorites, but Chapman claims that the list is a bit wider than that. "It's down to Arizona State, Texas, Oregon…I'm still looking at Cal and Nevada. So that's my top five right now."

Chapman stated that he averaged approximately 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in the various July AAU tournaments. He admits that his game is head and shoulders above what it was at this time last year. "I improved so much from last year until now, and even from the spring when few people knew of me," he said. "Spring is when everything came together for me. I just got more experience and confidence, and really improved my shot. I played on the same team as my brother and when he was hurt and couldn't play that's when my game took off. Really, my whole game improved."

A secret no more, Chapman has already started to explore his options. He already visited unofficially Oregon, Cal, and Nevada and has planned trips to the rest of his top five. "I plan to visit Arizona State at the end of the month, right after I visit Texas," he said. "I don't start school until the 12th (of September) so all those visits are gonna be unofficial. I didn't want to wait that long before I can take official visits, so that's why I'm doing those visits this month."

Does he expect to make his decision after he concludes his unofficial visits to his top five? "It would probably end up around there," he replied. "I also could get a gut feeling next week and just decide that I want to commit then. But because I really started to get recruited heavily only in the spring and summer, I haven't had a whole lot of time to think about schools and everything else." He added that he was uncertain if he will want to take official visits next month and will do so only if he's unsure about the school of his choice following the rest of his unofficial trips.

The center who's qualified has enjoyed the recruiting process, despite its sometime hectic pace. "It has been crazy and stressful and awesome," he commented. "It really makes you feel that all the work you put in did pay off. I'm very grateful that all this is happening to me."

In turn, the school of his choice will undoubtedly be thankful to land his services.

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