HAYSVILLE, Kan. (KSNW) — Campus basketball player Sterling Chapman will take his talents to Tulsa next season. The senior announced his commitment to the Golden Hurricanes Wednesday morning.
Chapman pointed to the relationship he formed with Tulsa head coach Frank Haith as a reason into his decision.
“I built a great relationship with Coach Frank, I like his coaching style, fast paced, he likes to play a lot of guards, and he’s just been with me since day one,” said Chapman.
Chapman originally committed to play for Wichita State back on October 6th, two days before allegations of misconduct surfaced regarding then-Shockers head basketball coach Gregg Marshall.
Last Friday, Chapman announced he was going to decommit from WSU and reopen his recruitment.
“I will always be a Wichita State fan, I love Wichita State but it just didn’t work out for me,” said Chapman.
It was a sentiment echoed by his dad, Les.
“We takes the ups with the downs, for Sterling, I know that hurt his heart really bad for Wichita State, I’m telling you, that was a pretty devastating thing for him,” said Les Chapman. “It’s not a knock to Wichita State whatsoever, it’s just under the circumstances, this was just the best decision for Sterling.”
Now, Chapman can move forward.
“Decommitting and everything, that’s the start of the rollercoaster but now, I feel like I’m getting off of it now,” said Chapman.
It also allows the senior guard to concentrate on preparing for his last season of high school basketball with the Campus Colts.
“I’m just focused on my season, focusing on school and my season, and just ready to win this state championship for this year and then heading on to Tulsa,” said Chapman.
Chapman is the reigning 6A Player of the Year, after helping lead Campus to a 24-0, undefeated season last year.