Magnolia Hoop Star Chapman Picks WJU
WHEELING – Kelsi Chapman is a big-time basketball player. She has opted to play her collegiate basketball close to home. Consequently,Wheeling Jesuit is a big-time winner in her recruitment.
The Magnolia High dandy sifted through a myriad of college hoop offers before choosing the Cardinals. As a result, the Mountain East Conference champions are getting a dynamic and battle-tested player.
Chapman enjoyed a stellar four-year career for the Blue Eagles. The tenacious guard started from day one, helping the New Martinsville – based school enjoy much success.
Chapman ended her sparkling career with 1,252 points. In the process, she joined her sister, Mallory, as the only two siblings both to crack the 1,000 point mark in Magnolia annals. Mallory, who tallied 1,289 Blue Eagle points, is now a star pitcher for the Wheeling Jesuit softball program.
“Kelsi was a very hard worker and pushed other players to work hard in practice and games. Kelsi was one of our top defenders and did a very good job guarding the opposing team’s top scorer,” said Magnolia head coach Tom Tisher. “Kelsi was Magnolia’s top scorer this year and a very large part of the team’s success. This senior class won 59 games and played in the regional tournament three of their four years. I wish her the best of fortune at Wheeling and I am sure she will be successful on the basketball team.”
Chapman was a second-team all-stater the last two seasons while being accorded third-team honors as a sophomore. She was a first-team all-OVAC selection three seasons while also being named first-team All-Valley as a junior and senior.
The 5-9 dynamo was the model of scoring consistency over the course of her four years on the hardwood. After averaging 7.8 points
as a frosh, she delivered at a rate of 14.0, 15.1 and 16.7 the next three seasons. She ended her career with 121 three-point goals while also being an 82 percent free throw shooter.
“The main factor I chose Wheeling Jesuit was the comfort level. Coach Buff and I had a great connection,” Chapman said. “She cared about me more than just as an athlete. She cared about me as a person.
“Also, having my sister Mallory there makes it extra special. I am really happy with my choice,” she added. “I will be in the gym working out every day this summer getting ready and working on my game. Coach (Debbie) Buff puts her players through a fitness test. I will be ready.”
Her athleticism is reflected beyond the basketball court. Chapman is a two-time all-state volleyball honoree, starting all four seasons. She played in both the OVAC all-star basketball and volleyball games, also garnering college offers in the latter.
Chapman opted to run track this spring for the reigning state champion Magnolia track team to help improve her quickness and speed for the next level of basketball.
Chapman also excels in the classroom. She will graduate in the 10 percent of her class, is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta while also serving as senior class treasurer. Chapman plans to major in exercise science. She is the daughter of Dave “Doc” and Pam Chapman. Dave is Magnolia’s head football coach and former NFL gridder while Pam is the Eagles head volleyball coach.