February 8, 2007

Oregon big man enjoys official visit to Texas

db]Clint Chapman[/db] was one of a handful of elite basketball prospects that signed with programs in the fall without ever taking an official visit to choice of schools.

The 6-10, 245-pound Chapman visited Texas in late August on an unofficial visit and committed to the Longhorns September 4. Last weekend, Chapman got to travel back to Austin, this time on his official visit to Texas.

It was quick trip, but the future Longhorn enjoyed every minute of it.

"I think the visit went great," Chapman said. "I left Portland at 4:30am Saturday morning and got to Austin in time for the game against Kansas State. I left Sunday at 4:30pm. After the game, I hung out with the guys in the dorms after the game and got to know them better. I had a great time,"

The future Longhorn took in the loss to Kansas State shortly after stepping off the plane in Austin. Even with the loss to the Wildcats, Chapman came away impressed by the future of the team.

"I think they are going to be a really good team. They are definitely a young team, but there is a lot of talent. Starting four freshmen and a sophomore, there is a lot of potential in the future," Chapman said.

While watching the Longhorns play Saturday, the 6-10 center located a couple of areas he hopes to help the program next year.

"I think I can help by bringing more of an inside presence to the team and be a true center. Hopefully I can bring a back to the basket game inside. I will try and help on the boards as well." Chapman said.

Chapman and his Canby teammates are currently 19-5 on the season and 10-0 in league play. Canby has five league games remaining before beginning their quest for a state title. On the season, Chapman is averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots per game.

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