The Frenchtown Broncs head into the Northwest A Dvisional tournament as the number two seed, and they're led by senior guard John Chapman. It doesn't take long to realize what makes Chapman so good, you can just take a look at the stat book.
"Unbelievable stats, he's scoring over 21 points a game, he's leading the league in assists, close to the top in steals, I think he's #2 or #3, so it's just important. When John takes over a game like he's capable of…good things happen for us," says Frenchtown head coach Michael Botsford.
It's not just the competition that has to play defense against Chapman, his teammates know about it all too well.
"He's just so hard to stop, because he can shoot the outside shot, and he gets pretty much wherever he wants to on the floor, and he's a great passer," says Frenchtown Junior guard Chris Delaney.
For as many offensive stats he puts up, Chapman doesn't slack on the defensive end, "Coach always tells me to play defense and that helps my offensive game, because getting steals gives me easy buckets, so defense helps my offensive game a lot," says Chapman.
Chapman leads the Northwest A in scoring, and is approaching the 1,000 point career mark as well, but you'd be hard pressed to see that success go to his head.
"He's definitely quiet, and he's pretty calm, so he always has his head in the game," says Delaney.
"Going into a game, I don't think I need about needing to get points or stats, I just try and do everything I can to get the win, whether it's getting 10 assists or scoring 30 points, or whatever it is I just do everything I can, and when I see openings I take advantage of them," adds Chapman.
His cool, calm and collected nature is appreciated by his own coach and teammates, it's also not lost to his opponents.
"I think the biggest thing is the coaches and the players from other teams respect that, because you don't see him placating to the crowd after a three pointer or a nice pass, because he expects to do that. The kids feed off that energy. When he throws these unbelievable passes, they get excited about it, and he had a couple nice blogs against Polson and the kids got pumped up about it. But he does have a quiet demeanor, leads by example, and just goes about his business like he is expected to do," says Botsford.
Chapman and his Frenchtown Broncs begin the Northwestern A Divisional tournament this weekend, with their first game against Whitefish.