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New in Blue: Kameron Chatman

October 1st, 2013 by Derick Hutchinson


Kameron Chatman – SF | 6-7, 197
ESPN: 4-star, #49 nationally Rivals: 4-star, #29 nationally 247: 4-star, #36 nationally Scout: 4-star
Other top offers: Arizona, Oregon, USC, UConn, UCLA, Memphis, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State

Michigan’s long basketball recruiting drought is over, as forward Kameron Chatman became the latest addition to the 2014 class on Tuesday evening. John Beilein, who has had a surprisingly quiet offseason after the team’s Final Four trip, broke his cold streak that extended back to March when the prized recruit announced his decision on Twitter just before 10pm Eastern time.

“(It’s) been a long Recruiting Process but im proud to say i will be a Michigan Wolverines next year #GoBlue,” Chatman tweeted.

Chatman is a consensus four-star recruit according to Scout.com, Rivals.com, 247 and ESPN. He joins Austin Hatch and Ricky Doyle in a 2014 class that has several other major targets like Devin Booker still undecided.

The young lefty was also considering local schools USC, Oregon and Arizona, but committed to Beilein after two visits, including one at the Big House when the Wolverines beat Notre Dame in the second Under the Lights game last month. Michigan fans were unsure if Chatman would leave the West Coast after playing high school ball in both California and Oregon.

Chatman averages nearly 16 points and 10 rebounds while playing on the Nike EYBL circuit, a very well-respected league, this summer.

As a stretch comparison, Chatman’s game resembles that of Michigan sophomore Glen Robinson III. He is a lengthy rebounder and prefers to take the ball to the rim on offense. The jumper is a work in progress, but he has a solid mid-range game with the potential to stretch the floor once Coach Beilein gets hold of him.

Fortunately, the natural ability is off the charts, as Chatman’s big frame and toughness makes him one of the top rebounders in his class. He does most of his damage off the offensive glass in high school which shows his willingness to scrap inside.

This is the most promising news for the 2014 class so far, as Michigan fans hope the Chatman commitment has a domino effect on targets like Booker and James Blackmon Jr.