The trail was blazed last year: Four Southeast Arkansas players, Watson Chapel’s T.J. Handley and Rodney Ollison, Dollarway’s Nathan Nowden and Star City’s Damar Reed committed to Mid-South Community College for basketball.
This year, Dollarway’s Davone Chapman is following the trail.
Chapman on Monday officially commited to the two-year West Memphis college, just two months after leading Dollarway to the 4A state championship game. The 6-foot-5 forward was the Cardinals’ leading scorer this past season with 15 points per game and controlled the paint with 1.08 blocks per game.
He said the Mid-South’s Southeast Arkansas connection attracted him.
“It’s a good school,” Chapman said. “It’s a junior college, so I’m only doing two years, and I’ll see what happens after that.”
Returning home to play at Arkansas-Pine Bluff is certainly an option. Chapman considered playing with the Golden Lions before eventually settling on Mid-South.
So far, UAPB has landed one announced recruit for next season.
Berry said Chapman will fit in well with the Greyhounds next season, adding he wouldn’t be surprised if Chapman made an immediate impact.
“He worked on his game during the summer,” Berry said. “Heck of a job for us with his fundamentals, shooting and just the little things.”
Chapman was a first-team All-Southeast Arkansas and All-State selection this past season. He guided Dollarway to its first appearance in a state title game in six years.