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Joe Chapman BBL MVP / Wesley Matthews NBA Trading Card Update

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  • - Former Marquette guard Joe Chapman (2003-06) was named the most valuable player of the British Basketball League announced Monday by the Basketball Journalists Association. 

Chapman led the Newcastle Eagles in scoring, averaging 18.5 points per game, while also recording 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

Chapman was a freshman reserve on the 2003 Marquette squad that reached the Final Four in New Orleans.

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  • - Fans anxiously awaiting the first NBA cards of 2009 Marquette graduate Wesley Matthews will not have to wait any longer. 

The Utah Jazz shooting guard had his first trading card released a few weeks ago. The NBA recently sold its trading card rights to Panini and although it has taken a while, Matthews first card is now on the market.

Below is Panini brand manager Mike Payne's response to the availability of Matthews' cards, via Beckett Media LP's editor Tracy Hacker:

"Wes Matthews does have an NBA card already on the market, it appears in Classics, which released nearly six weeks ago. He hasn't returned his autographed cards so they are redemption.

"Matthews will also be in future programs, including Timeless Treasures and Absolute, as well as a couple others. Timeless releases next week.

"What buyers can expect from Panini is a continued effort to get all rookies into our programs, whether they were drafted or not. Of course, those drafted appear in our sets from the outset. Those who sign free-agent deals are added later as they make the team, get into games, etc."

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