Brekkott Chapman controls the paint, blocking shots and stifling opposing big men as the center on his 16-under Utah Hoops AAU team.
At the college level, he’ll likely be a small forward, given his thin frame and quickness.
Rising junior forward getting respect in AAU ball
Roy High big man Brekkott Chapman has helped his Utah Hoops AAU team win two prominent tournaments this year, in Colorado and California.
Chapman, a 6-foot-9 forward, prefers to play on the wing at small forward, where he can showcase his ball handling and passing skills.
The junior-to-be averaged more than 15 points for Roy last season and led the team in rebounding, blocked shots and steals.
In pickup games with his friends, Chapman gets to play guard, showing off his passing skills and scoring from all over the court.
"I’ve played [power forward] my whole life, except when I go play with my friends," said Chapman, who stands 6-foot-9, 195 pounds. "I pretty much taught myself to play the guard position, just playing in the backyard."
At any position, Chapman is a force on the floor. He averaged more than 15 points last season as a sophomore at Roy High, and led the Royals in rebounding, steals and blocked shots.
This summer, he’s played a key role in the Utah Hoops’ success, which includes victories at the Best Buy Mile High Classic in Colorado back in April, and the Pangos Sweet 16 tournament in Long Beach, Calif., earlier this month.
"He’s probably better at the defensive end at this point, he blocks a lot of shots and runs the floor really well," said Lynn Lloyd, the Utah Hoops coach. "He’ll be a great wing defender in college.
"He’s very unselfish and very loyal and a real good kid."
Lloyd has coached Chapman at the AAU level for the past four years and said his skill set and body are a perfect fit for the wing position in college. His height dictates that Chapman play center for Lloyd’s team.
"At the next level, he’ll be a wing player," Lloyd said. "He’s really long and athletic. He’s got guard skills in a 6-9 body."
Where he will play at the next level is yet to be determined. Chapman has offers from Utah, Utah State, BYU and San Francisco, but said he likely won’t make his decision until after his junior season at Roy.
His stock should continue to rise, given the fact that the Royals, who missed the postseason with an 8-13 record last season, return 11 players next year. Chapman also hopes to stay injury-free, after missing six games with a sprained ligament in his right ankle.
Chapman will return to the Royals with some major experience on his résumé. At the Pangos tournament, he held Malik Pope, Scout.com’s 10th-ranked small forward for the class of 2014, to just two points.
Pope, from Laguna Creek High near Sacramento, has offers from 11 schools, including UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon State and Gonzaga.
"I love playing defense," Chapman said. "I love blocking shots."
This week, Utah Hoops travels to Las Vegas for their biggest competition yet. Starting Thursday, they will compete in the 16U Invitational bracket of the Fab 48 tournament, featuring teams from across the country.
The Hoops are one of two Utah teams in the field, and will square off against teams from Wisconsin, Tennessee and California.
"It’s going to be the best tournament we’ve played this summer, and maybe ever," Chapman said. "It’s a lot better competition."
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