Kameron Chatman reacts to Michigan visit, offer

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474854[1]Kameron Chatman made the trip from California to Ann Arbor over the weekend and received an official offer from John Beilein and his staff.

Chatman was in for Michigan’s College Practice Camp on Saturday, and then took his full unofficial visit with the coaching staff on Sunday. Chatman said the camp was educational and he thought he was able to show a bit of what he can do.

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“I think it went pretty well. The drills went well,” Chatman said. “Just learning about the stuff they do in college practices and getting that ingrained in my mind. I was good just to get ready for it.

“I think I played alright. I wasn’t really looking to score the ball because they know I can do that. I was really looking to just be a leader more, playing with different people I didn’t know and just being a facilitator. I think I did pretty well.”

Chatman had to carry his five-on-five team during the scrimmage portion of the camp, and said it was challenging trying to figure out all of his teammates’ preferences in such a short amount of time. However, what Chatman really liked was learning the drills, citing the dribbling station and the three-on-three drills as his favorite aspects of the camp.

The Portland native was also able to catch up with fellow 2014 classmate Devin Booker, as the two know each other from their time on the Nike circuit.

“I talked to him a little bit,” Chatman said, though he acknowledged there wasn’t much time to chat. “We were in the same drills during the group stuff so we talked to each other a little bit.”

On Sunday, the coaching staff took Chatman and his father around Michigan’s campus.

“We got there around 9-ish and they took me to the academic area where the athletic students do all the tutoring and all their work,” Chatman said. “Then they just took me on the campus tour. We went to a dorm and the classrooms and frat houses and all that. Saturday, before the camp started, coach Meyer showed me around the basketball area, like the gym and the locker room and the lounge area.”

Later, they toured the facilities.

“They were nice,” Chatman said. “I mean, just seeing the practice gym connecting to the regular gym and having the little fingerprint things with the cards and all that, it was real nice.”

Chatman hung out with Jon Horford a bit when he toured the locker rooms and the gyms. He said Horford “made a good impression” and did a nice job of talking up Michigan as the place to be.

Soon, it was time for the coaching staff to officially extend the offer.

“We met in the business room, all the coaches and a couple other managers, and they wrote my name on the board and told me that they wanted to offer me a scholarship,” Chatman said. “That’s pretty much it.”

Chatman said he felt “honored” by the offer and while he doesn’t have the schools who have offered arranged in a list, Michigan is right there with everyone else. He is set to take a couple other visits as well.

“I’m going to Oregon next week because I have a tournament in Portland,” Chatman said “And Arizona is another visit coming up.”

Michigan State and Duke are the latest schools to join the chase for the 6-foot-7 forward’s services. Michigan State reached out to Chatman while he was in Michigan this weekend, hoping to get him on campus for a visit.

“Duke talked to my dad and my coach,” Chatman explained. “But I talked to Michigan State (Saturday) on the phone. I was supposed to go on a visit but something happened.”

Chatman said he’s in no hurry to make a decision and thinks he’s likely to make his college choice sometime this fall. There’s also a chance for a return visit to Ann Arbor, something the Michigan coaches are working toward.

“I’m not sure (if I’ll use an official visit to Michigan). I’m pretty sure I probably would, just cutting it down,” Chatman said. “I talked to the coaches and they want me to get back on campus and see a (football) game and stuff like that. I’m not sure, but probably.”

  • geoffclarke

    Is there any recent footage of Chatman out there not playing against a JV team? I like how his game is described and it looks like he hasn’t spent much time in a weight room, so obviously there’s a lot of room for physical development.

    Also, what’s the deal with MSU and Duke…here’s how I imagine their coaches thinking: “Hey, who’s Michigan recruiting?…Yeah, we really like that kid too.”

    • Wayman Britt

      Yes, word is out that Beilein is a great evaluator of talent, so not sure K or Izzo go after kids just because he is recruiting them but other coaches for sure do.

      • FabulousFreshmanUM

        Apparently that’s the new system.. 3-star, 4-star, 5-star.. Beilein-star.

  • Mark Worthley

    I bet Jon Horford ends up in college coaching…I am always seeing his name connected with Michigan’s recruiting efforts.

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      He was also one of the only two players on campus :-)