Aside from his net-rippling shooting—"That three-point line looks like a li'l ol' jump shot," Chapman says—the most noticeable aspect of the freshman's play is his leaping. Chapman has won several dunking contests, and when he entertained at high school all-star games, his specialty was to seat 7'1" Felton Spencer (now at Louisville) in a chair and then jump over him for a tomahawk dunk.
Chapman grew up as a Louisville fan; Owensboro is only a couple of hours away. But could any red-blooded, Bluegrass-and-basketball-bred youngster not go to Kentucky? Well, yes...almost. The pressure was intense. Says Chapman with a sigh, "I didn't grow up dreaming of playing for Kentucky." But so many people couldn't dream of his playing anywhere else that Chapman signed last November and then went out and earned the state's Mr. Basket ball honors at Apollo High.
Chapman's decision was made a mite easier because he is an unabashed fan of Bennett's. They met several years ago at a basketball camp. "Rex was just a skinny little kid who followed me around everywhere," says Bennett. "I never dreamed he would turn out to be as good as he is."
Now the two are roommates, in a sense cruelly separated from one another: the injured senior forward waiting for next season and the freshman guard whose time is now.