Chapman of Springfield basketball signs to play in Cleveland State | Robertson
Springfield’s Caleb Chapman signed on Wednesday to play college basketball at Cleveland State Community College.
âIt’s a blessing,â Chapman said. âI always told my grandmother and my mom that they were going to see me play on TV someday. I hope college is a step ahead of the pros so it’s a blessing to play at the next level because I know a lot of people can’t do it.
When he visited the school he felt wanted and appreciated to be with the people there.
âI think it’s a good fit because when I went on my visit they showed a lot of interest,â Chapman said. âI just like being with a lot of guys from different places. The teammates were cool, and the way they recruited me, they had a lot of confidence in me to come in and do the things I can do to help them win.
He felt a bit despised by the recruiting process, but he is grateful for the chance the state of Cleveland is giving him.
âI just feel like I got a lot of sleep, and I don’t know why,â Chapman said. “I worked a lot. I feel like Cleveland State gave me an opportunity when nobody really did. I’ll just enjoy it. “
SHS head coach Micah Rochester is happy to see his player seize the opportunity.
âCaleb is obviously 6 feet 7 inches tall so he’s very athletic,â Rochester said. âHe’s got a lot of God-given talent, but he works really hard. He takes school very seriously and he takes basketball very seriously. It’s just an opportunity he’s worked for a very, very long time.
“We are just thankful that he has the chance to go and play at the next level.”
Chapman only came to Springfield last year, but it’s obvious he and the SHS community have a special bond. Many people came, talked and took photos with him during the signing.
âIt’s crazy because I feel like I just arrived because last year was my first year here,â Chapman said. âI’m from Mississippi, and there were a lot of people in the stands today to see me signâ¦
“I know Springfield is not my own home or where I come from, but it is a home in my heart that a lot of people look to me for.”
Chapman has big basketball dreams, and Rochester said he’s nowhere near reaching his full potential. He has the framework and the raw skills to be a very dynamic playmaker.
âI think he has an amazing cap that they talk about all the time,â Rochester said. âIts ceiling is very high. I think he’s going to get stronger, put him in the weights, and I think he’s going to be very successful at the next level.
âI think he hasn’t even really scratched the surface of his ability, so I see him being able to accomplish a lot of really good things and ultimately sign with a four-year-old school.