Marquette Lands 3rd Recruit This Year

Marquette is doing its best to keep up with the rash of early commitments. This time, the Golden Eagles have added themselves a scorer. Like Dewayne Wade a few years ago, this young man didn't make any of the shoe camps, but he's a proven scorer.

Marquette Bags Third Recruit

First there was Chris Grimm. Then, the big one as Steve Novak committed to Marquette. Now, the Golden Eagles have landed themselves a third recruit. Joe Chapman, a 6-3/175 shooting guard from Chicago (IL) Bloom, committed to Tom Crean on Sunday night.

"I am going to Marquette," Chapman told BCH. "Going around visiting different schools started to get nerve racking so I decided to make my decision."

Chapman said he received interest from Virginia, Indiana State, Ball State, Bradley, Michigan State, Illinois State and Northern Illinois. But, Marquette had a few things the other schools didn't offer.

"I knew most the players and I played against most of them. When I went up there, we were all good friends, I liked the coaching staff and Milwaukee because it's close to home."

Chapman is a little bit of a diamond in the rough because he wasn't at any of the major shoe camps but did play well at the AAU Nationals. In fact, he scored 19 points in a half in one of the games we saw. Like current Golden Eagle Dewayne Wade, Marquette is probably hoping it has another guy who just slipped under the radar. In watching Chapman, it's obvious he's a fine scorer with a deep game and can get it done off the drive. He also has that tough scorer's demeanor.

"I'm a good shooter off the dribble, I can penetrate real good and I can post up little guys," Chapman said. Last year, he averaged 22 points and 8 rebounds.

Up Close With Joe Chapman

Toughest Opponent This Summer: "I'd have to say Dee Brown. We always have good battles."

Intended Major: Social Science.

Favorite Summer Moment: "We had 52 points [against Hinsdale Central] and I had 44 of them." This was with his high school team in the beginning of the summer.

Would Like To Play Against (High School): Proviso East. "We have some good battles. We lost by 3 and 2 and I really like playing them. It's good competition."

Would Like To Play Against (College): DePaul. "Because my closest friend – Levar Seals – goes there."

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