NCB On The Trail: Brekkott Chapman

Roundtable: Future Giant Killers 

March, 25, 2014
It was a memorable first four days of the 2014 NCAA tournament, with a combination of dramatic finishes and Cinderella stories.

Archie Miller and Dayton knocked off perennial powerhouses Ohio State and Syracuse en route to a spot in the Sweet 16, while Harvard and North Dakota State scored similar upsets on the first day of the tournament.

Perhaps the most shocking result, though, came on Friday when Mercer coach Bob Hoffman led his No. 14-seeded Bears to a hard-fought win over Mike Krzyzewski and the No. 3-seeded Duke Blue Devils.

While these programs aren’t necessarily regulars on our national recruiting page, their postseason success can be attributed, at least in part, to successful recruiting. With that in mind, we once again turned to our team of experts at RecruitingNation to ask them which programs could emerge as potential “Giant Killers” in future years based on recent recruiting efforts:

Roundtable: Who'll exceed expectations? 

December, 17, 2013
While freshmen like Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, and Aaron Gordon are dominating the college basketball headlines, there are plenty of other freshmen who are making relatively huge contributions without the same degree of media hype or fanfare.

With thoughts of current freshmen like LSU’s Jordan Mickey, BYU’s Eric Mika, and UCLA’s Zach LaVine, all of whom are putting up major numbers, we asked our team of RecruitingNation experts to name prospects outside of the ESPN 100’s top 25 who could have similarly big freshman seasons, either because of opportunity or fit.

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#AskCoachB: College-ready prospects

September, 27, 2013
Want to ask ESPN RecruitingNation national recruiting director Paul Biancardi a question about basketball recruiting? Tweet it to @PaulBiancardi using the hashtag #AskCoachB.

When you ask "college ready," I am going to combine that into hysical readiness, skills and an understanding of the game. Also, let's look outside the top 25 to gain a broader perspective.

Here are five who come to mind:

Abdul-Malik Abu (NC State) and Angel Delgado (Seton Hall) are physically ready as they own bodies that can withstand the contact of the game, especially in the painted area. Two outstanding rebounders, and that is a skill that translates well as a player moves up in levels. They keep their bodies in great shape, so the speed of the game shouldn't affect them while being battle-tested on a national level in the paint.

Utah commit Brekkott Chapman is a highly skilled small forward who combines his triple-threat game with an understanding of floor balance and spacing. He competes with poise and displays a savvy for functioning with teammates, which is vital for team chemistry.

Tyler Ulis, the future Kentucky point guard, might be small in size but he is large with toughness and skill. Ulis has a great understanding of his position and the skills to thrive right away.

Keep an eye on Leron Black, who is going to Illinois. He understands the meaning of hard work and will be ready when he steps on campus. He hardly ever disappears as he uses his grown man's body, a solid skill set and great hands to be creative and contribute right away in the painted area.

Top five undervalued classes 

September, 19, 2013
Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings landed a commitment from his second four-star prospect in as many weeks over the weekend when Matthew Fisher-Davis (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) joined Wade Baldwin (Hillsborough, N.J./St. Joseph).

With a pair of four-star prospects now on board in mid-September, Stallings’ class is considered good, but not great, by most national standards.

But the reality is that each school comes into the summer with different needs and priorities, and ultimately those objectives are tied to winning basketball games, not class rankings. Coaches consider fit, style, personnel, and a variety of other variables.

For Vanderbilt, that means looking for high-character guys who fit their system and culture. Given that approach, the Commodores are one of five schools off that couldn't hope to be off to a better start.

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Starting 5: Kuzma grows on Utes 

September, 3, 2013
Each week, Starting 5 takes you on a tour of the recruiting landscape. It delves into topics, recruiting trends and stories. This edition focuses on the Utah Utes' recent run of commitments, emotional toughness in recruits and tells you what happened on last weekend's commitment spree.

Utah could have one in Kuzma

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Dave Telep/ESPN Kyle Kuzma grew six inches and became a bigger prospect. Utah noticed early.
The Utah Utes last weekend added a player that isn’t nationally known – yet – but is significant to the future of the program. Small forward Kyle Kuzma (Burton, Mich./Rise Academy) is one of those neat stories that manage to fly under the radar until that first breakout week on the scene in college. Consider yourself warned.

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ESPN 100 forward will play for Utes

July, 29, 2013
Class of 2014 power forward Brekkott Chapman (Roy, Utah/Roy) will play his college basketball in his home state after committing to the University of Utah on Monday, has confirmed.

Chapman, who is currently ranked No. 49 in the ESPN 100, chose the Utes over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado and Gonzaga, among others. He is the first recruit from the 2014 class for Utah.

Mudiay, Zimmerman go off at Fab 48 

July, 25, 2013
LAS VEGAS -- The first night of the last evaluation period couldn’t have gone any better for Dinos Trigonis, Gary Charles, Grant Rice, and the rest of the Las Vegas Fab 48 staff. Whether it was top-10 junior Stephen Zimmerman closing the gap at the top of the 2015 rankings with his outstanding all-around play or No. 5 senior Emmanuel Mudiay dazzling all comers with his point guard wizardry, Wednesday's performances were high level.

Here's a look at the players who had college coaches chirping on Day 1 in Las Vegas.

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Best of the UA Undeniable Camp 

July, 5, 2013
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Under Armour continued its "Grind" session circuit this week at Inglewood High School and the talent on display was high level. The Undeniable Camp introduced the players to a variety of skill-development drills, as well as some freelance scrimmaging.

Whether it was 2014 guard Isaiah Whitehead (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln) blitzing the ball up court or 2016 guard Derryck Thornton (Henderson, Nev./Findlay Prep) putting defenders on their heels, several of the nation's elite rose to the top at the Under Armour Undeniable Camp, including a pair of 2014 Maryland commits.

However, the most perplexing aspect of the camp was the lack of urgency -- whether it was in a particular drill or scrimmage -- from many of the prospects in attendance. These camps should be a privilege for these players, and assertiveness should not be an afterthought.

Here were some of the top performers from the camp.

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NBPA Camp Day 2: What we learned 

June, 15, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The second day of the 2013 NBPA Top 100 Camp on Friday at the University of Virginia continued to feature some of the nation’s top basketball prospects. Our staff of RecruitingNation experts was out in full force on Friday and here’s what we learned from Day 2, including the strong point guard class in 2014, a future perfect fit at Georgetown and the ESPN 100 talent in Utah.

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Notebook: NBPA camp recruit updates 

June, 14, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- This week’s Friday notebook is chock full of info from the NBPA Top 100 Camp, which began Thursday at the University of Virginia. Included this week are recruiting nuggets on new ESPN 100 prospects Tyler Ulis, Myles Turner, Devin Robinson, Brekkott Chapman and much more.

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