Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Scouts' take: Michigan lands Chatman
By Joel Francisco and Reggie Rankin
Kameron Chatman (Portland, Ore./Columbia Christian), the No. 49 player in the ESPN 100, has decided to take his skills to Michigan. The gifted lefty small forward chose the Wolverines over stiff competition from Arizona, Oregon and USC.
Chatman's game really began to take off prior to his junior campaign. During the summer of 2012, he was arguably the most talented player on Long Beach Poly (Calif.) before transferring. Michigan -- specifically assistant coach Jeff Meyer -- took immediate notice. Recruiting is about relationships, and the Wolverines were the first school to court Chatman.
2014 wing Kameron Chatman will bring length and scoring moves to Michigan's class.
"With Michigan, it just wasn't about one specific coach, it was the whole staff that invested their lives with me," Chatman said.
Chatman is a hybrid forward who affects the game in multiple ways. He possesses a soft shooting touch and can handle the ball well, but the most impressive aspect of his game might be his passing prowess.
In John Beilien's hybrid Princeton offense, Chatman can be utilized in a variety of ways due to his skill set and savvy.
"All four schools were in it until the end, but at the end of the day I felt most comfortable playing in coach John Beilein's system,” Chatman said. “I feel his system will give me the best shot to utilize my skills and take my game to the next level and beyond."
Chatman joins big, skilled four-star center/forward Ricky Doyle (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot) in Michigan's 2014 class to give the Wolverines a stellar tandem heading into the November signing period.
Here’s what Chatman’s commitment means for the Wolverines:
Why he committed: Chatman most importantly fills the need for an immediate-impact wing created by Tim Hardaway Jr. leaving for the NBA. Chatman is an excellent system fit because of his ability to score, versatility to play multiple positions on the perimeter and overall skill set. Chatman will take to the Beilein style of play like a fish to water.
What he brings: First and foremost, the 6-foot-7 Chatman brings great size to the wing position. The lefty is a good athlete and also very long. His skill and offensive confidence allows him to score from all four areas (transition, getting to the rim, midrange and from beyond the arc). He is a good passer in the open court and also when he draws a second defender. He is a tough matchup for smaller wings because he will not hesitate to post and score over them with ease. Chatman is a threat on every touch -- simply put, he is a bucket-getter with outstanding upside.
How he fits: Chatman, who ran with ICP Elite (Ore.) on the travel circuit, will provide the Wolverines with a playmaker and finisher on the break. He will be a player Beilein can utilize like Hardaway. Chatman will come off screens in the spread Princeton offense and score from backdoor cuts that will lead to post-ups. He can also be the recipient of dribble-penetration kickouts and baseline drift passes for catch-and-shoot opportunities, pull-ups or to attack the rim. Chatman can not only score in the Beilein system but he can make the necessary passes to execute the offense as well. Defensively, Michigan plays both man and zone, and Chatman's length will fit in nicely in that department as well. He has the ability to defend both wing positions and the length to cause problems in the passing lanes in the zone by deflecting passes and anticipating steals.
Who he reminds us of: Chatman is wired to score first and has the offensive confidence and production of a Tim Hardaway Jr./Caron Butler/Rudy Gay/ C.J. Miles type of scorer, but Chatman is also a good passer with feel for the game. We see little bits of all their games in Chatman.
How the class is shaping up: Beilein and his staff do a great job of identifying needs and filling them with talent and the right players, and this class is no different. In addition to Chatman's scoring, center Ricky Doyle provides excellent size and skill and wing Austin Hatch is a pure shooter who is working to recover from his injuries.