MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State men's basketball head coach Billy Taylor announced the signing of Aaron Adeoye (Marion, Ill./Marion) and Zeke Chapman (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) to a national letters of intent. Adeoye and Chapman will join the Cardinals for the 2011-12 season.
Adeoye, a 6-6, 230-pound forward, was a three-year letterwinner at Marion High School for coach Aaron Mattox. He averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds a game as a senior to earn Illinois Class 3A Honorable Mention All-State honors. He was also named First Team All-South Seven Conference and First Team All-South as a senior.
"Aaron is a very talented athlete and a physical forward," Taylor said. "We are excited about what he brings to our roster. He has competed at a very high level in the AAU basketball circuit with the St. Louis Eagles and his summer play allowed him to flourish individually and progress as a player. He had a major impact on his high school program and we look forward to his future as a Cardinal."
As a junior, Adeoye posted 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game to earn Second Team All-Conference accolades and All-South honors. He was also a standout on the gridiron as a three-year letterwinner at defensive end where he earned All-Conference and All-South honors.
Adeoye played AAU basketball for the St. Louis Eagles. The helped the Eagles finish as the national runner-up in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League with a 12-2 record in the 42-team league. He helped the Eagles win the Jayhawk Invitational and earned second-place finishes in the Peach Jam, AAU Supershowcase (Gold) and KC Prep Invitational. He is the son of Oloyede Adeoye and Carmen Allen-Adeoye.
Chapman, a 6-2 guard, was a standout at Chaparral High School for coach Aaron Windler. He averaged 17.6 points, 4.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game as a senior as he led Firebirds to the Class 5A state championship game. He earned Arizona Preps First Team All-State honors as a senior when he shot 35.3 percent (49-of-139) from three-point land. He also garnered First Team All-Desert Valley Region and All-City accolades in 2011.
"Zeke is a very skilled basketball player that will provide our team with great assets," Taylor said. "He plays with a strong basketball I.Q., has terrific shooting range and is a tough competitor. He is a tireless worker in the gym and we are excited for his future at Ball State."
Chapman averaged 11.5 points per game as a junior despite missing most of the year due to an injury. As a sophomore, he averaged 16.0 points and 4.0 assists per game while earning Honorable Mention All-State and First Team All-Region accolades. He played AAU basketball for the Arizona Pump N Run for coach Chris Hurst and president Anthony Ray.
Chapman is the son of Bridget and Rex Chapman. His father notched All-SEC honors in two seasons at Kentucky before entering the 1988 NBA Draft. He was selected eighth overall by the Charlotte Hornets while also playing for the Washington Bullets, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns before retiring after the 1999-2000 season.
"We are excited to welcome both Aaron and Zeke to the Ball State basketball family," Taylor said. "We look forward to watching their continued development as basketball players over the next four years."