Homecoming game: Carman-Ainsworth grad Demondre Chapman has solid game for Prairie View A&M against Michigan State

Posted: December 18, 2010 by patrickhayes13 in College

Demondre Chapman scored Prairie View's first four points against Michigan State.

Patrick Hayes | Great Lakes Hoops

No one expected Saturday’s Prairie View A&M vs. Michigan State basketball game to be all that competitive or fun to watch, unless you’re a fan of watching blowouts.

But from a Flint perspective, the Big Ten broadcast was pretty cool.

First, Mateen Cleaves called the game, and he slipped in plenty of Flint references throughout, even talking about his famous photo with Mark Ingram and the Heisman Trophy and expressing how he’s torn over who to root for in MSU’s bowl game against Alabama because he’s so close with Ingram, who he calls his “nephew.”

But Prairie View’s Demondre Chapman also gave Cleaves plenty of chances to talk Flint because the Carman-Ainsworth grad had a very good game for the Panthers. Cleaves gave some love to another Flintstone and a Prairie View alum in Greg Burks, telling how Burks helped get Chapman to his alma mater when Chapman wasn’t getting much Division I attention after his senior year.

Chapman far surpassed his season averages in his sixth start in 12 games this season. He finished with 13 points (he’d been averaging 3.6 per game), 5 rebounds (2.9 per game), he got to the line 10 times (1.8 attempts per game) and made seven of the 10 (he was shooting just 30 percent from the line prior to the MSU game). Chapman also made 3-of-6 field goal attempts, an improvement over the 41 percent he’d been shooting on the season.

When he went to Prairie View, the big question with Chapman was what position he’d play. Over the summer, when I wrote about Chapman signing with Prairie View, coach Byron Rimm said he envisioned Chapman helping out as an undersized post player this season, but he viewed him long-term moving to a wing position. Chapman played primarily under the basket for Carman-Ainsworth, so ball-handling and shooting were the big things he needed to improve at the college level.

Against MSU, his points came inside, but he did show that he could put the ball on the floor a little to create a shot. He scored Prairie View’s first basket by facing up, dribbling and making a sweeping hook in the paint.

Defensively, though, it looks like he’s already transitioning to the wing a bit. He guarded Durrell Summers for a three or four minute stretch in the first half, and also guarded Draymond Green for a while, which pulled him out of the paint when Green was out top helping run the offense for MSU.

Chapman, who sometimes faced some criticism in high school for playing too emotionless, was obviously into this game. He had great body language, and even picked up a technical when he went nose-to-nose with Derrick Nix after Nix rammed a shoulder into him after a whistle (Nix picked up a tech as well on the play).

Chapman obviously still has some things to improve, but he’s contributing and playing much more at this point at Prairie View and seems to be progressing nicely in some areas of his game.

  1. […] View freshman: Chapman has had his moments as a freshman at Prairie View, including scoring 13 points in the team’s visit to East Lansing earlier this season. He’s playing about 12 minutes per game and averaging 3 points and 2 […]

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