Birthdate: April 6, 1962
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
High School: Westinghouse, (1979)
College: University of Dayton (1984)
Year Inducted: 2019
Roosevelt Chapman had a sensational career at the University of Dayton where he became the school's all-time leading men's basketball scorer with 2,233 points and collected 956 rebounds.
Irv Turk, Chapman's coach at Westinghouse High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., was probably correct when he said, “Roosevelt can play for any college team in the country and be a star.”
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Chapman, who averaged 27 points and 21 rebounds per game in his senior year at Westinghouse, was a remarkable athlete who showed amazing body control with his smooth, acrobatic moves as he approached the basket. He was quick and strong and an excellent passer.
He was at his best in his senior year (1983-84) when he averaged 26.3 points per game in the NCAA Tournament and led the Flyers to the Elite Eight. An underdog in every game, Dayton upset LSU, Oklahoma and Washington before losing to eventual champion Georgetown, with Patrick Ewing, in the West Regional final. He scored 29 against LSU, 41 against Oklahoma, 21 against Washington and 14 against eventual champion Georgetown.
Chapman averaged 12.8, 18.1, 23, and 21.8 points in his four years at Dayton and was a three-time most valuable player.