STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi
State head coach Vic Schaefer began the quest of building a
championship program by signing Temple High School standout Ketara
Chapel, the No. 1 senior power forward in Texas, to a national letter of
intent on Wednesday.
joins fellow Texan Dominique Dillingham, who is averaging 21.3 points
and 13 rebounds for Class 5AAAA Klein Collins High School, Super 64
recruit Breanna Richardson of Rockdale County High School in Conyers,
Ga., and 6-foot-5 Chinwe Okorie, a Lagos, Nigeria, native who is
currently attending Stoneleigh-Burnham Prep School in Greenfield, Mass.,
in Schaefer's first Bulldog signing class.
of all, give all the credit to my staff and our current team for an
outstanding job this fall in helping recruit this class. We went 4-for-4
in official visits to campus, and that doesn't happen very often,"
Schaefer said. "So many people here at Mississippi State helped in the
recruiting process. Our faculty and administration can take great pride
in this class as well.
have often said that I have the A-Team as my staff, and Coach Harris,
Coach Franklin, Coach Hudson and Maryann Baker, my Director of
Operations, were instrumental in making this class happen," Schaefer
added. "This is a very proud day for me personally and professionally,
and it should be for Mississippi State University as well. The character
of this class alone, not to mention their basketball skill set, will
impact this University for years to come."
enters her senior campaign at Temple High School rated nationally by
Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Report. She was also rated a three-star
prospect and 38th nationally at her position by ESPN/HoopGurlz.
so excited to be coming to Mississippi State. I'm ready to come in and
play and learn from Coach Schaefer. I want to come in and help the team
with my defense and my athletic ability," Chapel said. "I love the other
girls in this class. They love to laugh and have fun, but they know
when to get down to business."
outstanding on-ball defender and rebounder was also tabbed No. 100
nationally and Texas' No. 1 power forward in the Class of 2013 by
Premier Basketball Report.
brings something in every facet of the game, from leadership skills to
confidence to a presence on the court and in the community," Schaefer
said. "She is a tremendous young lady who is mature beyond her years.
She possesses a skill set that will allow her to play multiple positions
Earlier this fall, Chapel averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds as Temple went undefeated at the PBR Future Stars event.
is a coach's dream. She is one of the hardest-working players I have
coached," Tommy "Speedy" Gregg, Chapel's coach with the Austin Elite,
said. "She will do anything to make herself and her teammates better.
Ketara has great court vision and is a leader. She does a lot of the
dirty work, getting to the rim as good as anyone I've seen."
season she helped the Tem-Cats reach the playoffs as she averaged 14
points, 9.3 rebounds and three steals. Her outstanding junior campaign
under head coach Tamarah Sanders earned her District 12-5A Co-MVP and
All-Central Texas Second Team honors.
She was also tabbed to the Waco Tribune Super Centex First Team after leading Temple to a 28-9 record during the 2011-12 season.
As a sophomore, the National Honor Society member collected all-district and Waco All-Super Central Texas Honorable Mention honors while leading Temple to a playoff appearance.