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|Chapman to be a Wildcat|
Monterey High senior Josh Chapman can continue answering that question with a yes for the next four years after signing a basketball scholarship with Louisiana College Wednesday.
"It does get kind of old," Chapman said with a laugh.
Not the playing basketball part.
"He stays in the gym," said Monterey High boys basketball coach Eric Richard. "This group of kids I have now play pick-up games all the time and play in other gyms. They play the game year-round."
Chapman, who 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots a game his senior year, is competing in an adult league in Pineville this summer,
Chapman said he is happy to be headed to Louisiana College.
"It's close to home so I'll be able to come home and my family and friends can come watch me play," Chapman said. "I really wasn't wanting to go to a big school."
And to play next year, Chapman said he needs to work on his shooting and footwork.
"I'll be playing forward," he said. "It's going to be a little adjustment, but not too much."
Monterey head coach Eric Richard sees Chapman making a contribution at Louisiana College.
"Josh has lot of work ahead of him, but he has a lot of raw ability," Richard said. "You can't teach size. I feel like he has the ability to play at that level. He's a hard worker and he's committed. His best basketball is still ahead of him."
Chapman was selected to play in the Louisiana High School All-Star Basketball Game. And even though he did not score any points, it was still a great experience.
"It showed me the kind of competition I will be going up against and how much I need to raise my game," he said
Chapman said he is also impressed with Louisiana College head coach Gene Rushing.
"He is real intense," Chapman said.
The Monterey senior said Rushing sent him the weight program the team uses.
The Wildcats came closet participating in this year's American Southwest Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, but suffered a 74-66 loss to the Mississippi College in the regular-season finale for both teams in what was a battle for the fourth and final East Division seed in the ASC Tournament.
LC finished 11-13 overall and 10-10 in conference play.
Chapman said he hopes to make a future out of basketball once he finishes at Louisiana College.
"I'm thinking about getting into coaching," he said. "I love being around the game. It's a lot of fun."
Chapman said he will miss his playing days at Monterey.
"I'm going to miss the team and Coach Richard," he said. "And I just appreciate all the support everyone here has given me."
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