By: Trey Walker
Raleigh native and former Enloe standout point guard Emanuel “Poobie” Chapman has recently inked a new deal with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. Chapman left Raleigh on Monday, March 28th to go to a one week team camp and to prepare for the upcoming season
This is a relief for Chapman, for he had been trying to find a home overseas to continue playing basketball. In the fall of 2014, the 6’1” baller reportedly signed with SKP Banska Bystrica of the Slovenian Basketball League, but never actually suited up for the club.
Last season, the Shanghai Sharks finished with an 18-20 record in the CBA and captured the 11th place in the overall standings. The Sharks were recently purchased by former Rockets Center and Hall of Fame member Yao Ming after the team came upon dire financial needs.
Chapman is a beloved figure in the community and in NCCU basketball history. During his stint with the Eagles, he dished out the most assists in school history(617), and netted the 2nd most career steals in Central’s history(173).