Prince George boys basketball coach Travis Carr figures some college coach is going to get a nice catch once senior center Christian Chappell gets into the body shop.
Chappell is 6-foot-10 and weighs 330 pounds. That’s down about 15 pounds from last year, and Carr believes Chappell should be able to get to at least 300 with college training programs.
That would continue to improve his mobility and stamina and overall game, which already is formidable on the high school level. Chappell averages 17.9 points and 9 rebounds.
“He’s very unique to coach,” said Carr. “He’s a great kid. I’ve had him on the varsity for three years now. He’s been a captain for me for the past two seasons. His teammates love him. The fans love him. He’s great for the school.”
Chappell is getting looks from VMI and Mercer, as well as Queens (N.C.), the top-ranked team in Division II. His brother, Savonte, a 6-5, 285-pound sophomore, is averaging 7.2 points for Christopher Newport.
“You look at his body, and he looks like he could go play in the NFL as an offensive lineman, but the kid loves basketball,” said Carr.
“He’s got great hands and great footwork. He’s never going to run a fast time at the NFL combine, but he’s a force in the paint on both ends.”