Donte Grantham, Kameron Chatman to announce this week

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Class of 2014 prospects Donte Grantham and Kameron Chatman are expected to announce their college decisions before the end of this week.

Grantham and Chatman are two of the four class of 2014 prospects that currently hold Wolverine offers.

Grantham will decide between a top two of Clemson and Michigan. Grantham took official visits to Clemson, Michigan and Cincinnati this fall but took an additional unofficial visit Clemson last weekend. Additional unofficial visits are uncommon after taking an official and Grantham’s trip raised eyebrows after many considered Michigan the team to beat in Grantham’s recruitment. The Wolverines are still in a strong position but Grantham’s decision still seems up in the air.

Grantham posted on Twitter that he will announce his college decision this Friday afternoon on Twitter.

Chatman will decide between a final four of Arizona, Michigan, Oregon and USC. He visited all four schools officially over the last month with his most recent trip to Arizona. Arizona recruiting websites are buzzing over the possibility of a Chatman commitment, causing a run on his Crystal Ball with seven predictions for Arizona since the weekend.

First reported by Scout.com, Chatman is expected to announce Wednesday or Thursday after he hosts John Beilein for a final in-home visit on Tuesday evening.

  • Jersey Jay

    It’s one thing to miss out on a kid for Arizona, but to lose one to Clemson would be a tough pill to swallow. I have stated early on and still believe that Chatman would thrive better here under Beilein than if he goes to play for Miller at U of A. Grantham would be a great get I think he is more capable of playing the 3/4 combo than J. Bolden who I see as more of a straight 4.

    • Mattski

      I dunno. Clemson is a school on the rise, closer to his home and his mother, who he’s obviously close to. And the chance to step in and be THE guy at a school should not be discounted. And (having speculated thusly) we have no idea what else may drive his decision.

      • Indiana_Matt

        I don’t know how ‘on the rise’ they are, but being THE guy… I could see the draw in that.

      • mattD

        Actually, Ann Arbor is closer to Martinsburg, WV relative to Clemson.
        Clemson basketball on the rise? That sounds strange to say the least.

        • Mattski

          Wow, you are right. By 40 some-odd miles! By on the rise I mean that the school has been moving up the academic rankings; it has also become an established power in football, fwiw.

          • mattD

            Let’s be realistic here, your arguments are pretty much moot – there is simply no comparison between Michigan academic standards vs. Clemson. With respect to football, UM is not lacking in that department either.

          • Mattski

            Twenty-first among public u’s, up from 34th in 2004; not bad. (I thought they were a top 20 school, so a little off.) I live in the south, where I have been connected to UF and FSU as student and faculty member; there’s definitely a sense out there that they’re on the rise.

          • A2JD

            They haven’t had a very good hoops program over the last 30 years. Every now and again they’re decent but they are not on Michigan’s level.

          • mattD

            Regional perceptions aside, the point is this – Michigan is simply a superior academic institution relative to Clemson in terms of rankings and prestige. So while Clemson may be “on the rise”, Michigan doesn’t need to rise, because it is considered to be an elite public university, and has been for quite some time.

      • jkuofm27

        He might be the guy at Clemson, but Clemson is going to be the laughing stock of the new ACC. Will they be able to beat: Duke, North Carolina, Cuse, Pitt, ND? Louisville next year? NC State, Virginia, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech have all had talented teams in the past. Miami and FSU have recently increased their basketball presence as well. Maybe a player like Grantham could put them in the middle of the pack in the ACC, but that might even be a stretch.

        • Retiredat23

          Well said. Clemson is no power, not in the least.

  • guestavo

    Bolden is clearly a small forward who likes to play on the perimeter.

  • Jay Z

    Big week for us!

  • BlueBear_E

    If it goes Zona – Clemson we lose quite a bit of flexibility next year. The three guys that are going to spend a majority of the time on opposing 4s are Morgan, McGary, and Robinson III (no particular order, save that debate for another discussion) If Glenn and Mitch have the seasons they are capable of, none of those three are likely to be on the ’14/’15’ roster.

    After a year plus in the Michigan Basketball strength program Irvin might be able to guard most 4s. If reports about his desire to defend are accurate, he should be at least as good as a shorter, less athletic Novak and better than a traffic-barrel-like Smot.

    • Tyrell

      Right now Irvin is only listed as a guard, I don’t see him becoming a power forward. However, I can see him taking a lot of time next year as the starting small forward.

      • Indiana_Matt

        dude is pretty thin. more perimeter oriented.

  • Indiana_Matt

    Of course there are all sorts of personal connections that happen and we are not privy to that knowledge. If Grantham goes to Clemson it would have to be chalked up to that. I think they’ve been recruiting him the longest. But if you look at coaching record (both W-L and player development records), facilities, tradition and the fact that we went to the final four last year and are ranked in the top 10 this year… seems like it would be an easy decision for him to put on the maize and blue. Clemson is no good (13-18, only 5 conference wins).

    • Indiana_Matt

      Also noticed that while the whole coaching staff follows Donte’s twitter, only assistant coaches follow his girlfriend. What a different world recruiting must be for any coach with over 20 years experience…

  • gobluemd16

    Reports seem to note that Chatman was hot coming from Arizona, and the visit to Clemson this past weekend doesn’t lend itself well on the Grantham front, too. Don’t mean to be pessimistic, but I have a feeling Michigan isn’t going to land either guy..

    • AADave

      Yeah, I’m feeling pretty pessimistic about recruiting this year. It now looks like Michigan might completely whiff on all its top targets this year. It seems like we’re snakebit. If Grantham goes to Clemson, I think it’s safe to assume that Michigan’s done recruiting except for backup plans like Wilson or Bess. Maybe they will be diamonds in the rough and Beilein can work his magic again.

    • jkuofm27

      I agree that on the surface it is not looking great. My one ray of hope is that these two guys visited together at the ND game. I think it could be more than coincidental that they are both announcing in the same week. If they have become friends that could be our ace in the hole and we are the only team recruiting both. Seek unicorns, rainbows and lollipops for further optimism.

  • guestavo

    Anyone think a class of Bolden/Grantham/Wilson is possible?

    • kam

      2% chance lol

      • kam

        i doubt they all wanna come and fight for the same position

        • guestavo

          I mean they are 3/4s

          Stauskas, Levert, Irvin are all 2/3s
          Donnal is 4/5

          Plenty of playing time at the 3 and 4

          • kam

            yeah and irvin and levert and nik and will be here 2- 3 years no room there.. then at the 4 donnal then they would have to fight each other for the 4 position so no, it wont happen.

    • DingoBlue

      I could see Wilson/Bolden or Wilson/Grantham. Have a hard time seeing all three and Grantham and Bolden playing together. I would say Bolden is an alternative to Grantham.

      • guestavo

        I guess so. I kind of reckoned that Bolden was a very capable 3 and Grantham a 4. Wilson should be redshirted and probably won’t see significant time til Levert/Stauskas leave. I rather that scenario than having Bess. All the big time recruits seem gone.

        • DingoBlue

          I kind of meant that Wilson is more of a true “stretch four” in the vein of a Smotrycz. Therefore, that makes his skillset a bit more unique. Bolden/Chatman are both athletic combo forwards that would fit more of the natural 3, but could play the 4 like GRIII.

      • Tyrell

        I know I am in the minority, but I can see that happening. Like guestavo said, I can see Grantham and Bolden on the floor at the same time at the 3 and 4 and I would like to see them on the floor at the same time. Again agreeing with guestavo, I think it would be best to redshirt Wilson for one year because of all the forwards that Michigan will have on their roster.

  • AADave

    If Michigan loses out on both of these guys, I think it’s shaping up to be an extremely disappointing year recruiting-wise. I would then predict losing out on both Blackmon and Booker as well since both are even higher rated and seem to be leaning towards another school (Kentucky) which seems to get all the top players.

    Michigan’s lack of success on the recruiting trail so far this year has been a shocker. After their success recruiting the past couple years followed by a great tourney run with players developing into top NBA picks, they should have been a shoo-in to get 2 or 3 top-50 (or so) players.

    It’s difficult to understand. Maybe it’s just chance.

    • Mattski

      Maybe each player’s circumstances are different, this is simply the way it’s falling out, and it says nothing at all about the team or the coaches. Thank goodness, I sometimes feel, that the players and coaches seem better at rolling with the punches than the fans.

      • Indiana_Matt

        I couldn’t agree more. There aren’t equations that equal more recruits (final four + nba draft picks = 5 star recruits). I think it is more of an art than a science when you are dealing with the whims of 17 and 18 year old kids. What we do control is how we coach the players when they do commit. And our track record there can compete with anyone.

    • jkuofm27

      AADave,

      If we were to totally blow it this year, I would chalk it up to a bit of bad luck and see about next year. The reason I say this is because we had national success for the first time in a long time this year. Then our run to the final four wasn’t until March/April. Recruiting takes years worth of work. When these kids in the ’14 class started their recruitment in 2010-2012 (roughly) we were just starting to show signs of success. Guys like Looney, Blackmon etc. probably did not even have us on their radar. With our success in the last 9 months we have gotten in the run for some of these guys. In other words, we are late to the party on some, not all. I would be more concerned if kids in the ’15, ’16 classes shun us, because they will associate us with the power schools more than this class did.

  • jblair52

    Maybe…

    Grantham likes Clemson but knows Michigan is the better basketball place, wanted one last visit knowing he’ll never get to again, and then is waiting 1 week to decide so it doesn’t look like he was going for “one more trip”

    Chatman could have cancelled Beilein’s inhome visit if he wasn’t considering Michigan. Why let the guy come all the way out west to talk if you know you’re not going to Michigan? Seems kind of a waste of time and rude. UNLESS he still is considering Michigan.

    I can hope, right?

    • Tyrell

      I am with you. I just hope JB takes a quick lesson from a guy like Groce, in the aspect that Groce is noted for how well he talks to recruits and their family while recruiting a kid.

      • sane1

        Beilein does not need to take any lessons from Groce or anyone else on how to talk to families and recruits. That’s laughable.

        • Tyrell

          I know Michigan has had A LOT of success over the past two years getting great recruits and I am sure JB had a lot to do with that, but this year is scary.

          Just saying Groce has had a lot of success as a recruiter. I read an article about him, I think it was on the Illini’s Bleacher Report website, that talked about him getting the recruiter of the year award when he was with OSU and the same article talked about how well the parents like him.

          http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1773016-quentin-snider-commitment-a-big-step-in-john-groces-impressive-illinois-reload

          • sane1

            There are a lot of successful recruiters out there, but, in terms of connecting with mom and dad, no one is better that JB.

          • A2JD

            That’s why reading that Looney’s parents didn’t feel that connection was shocking to me. Maybe the source on that story was incorrect.

        • TKWolverine

          I couldn’t have said it better, sane1.

  • geoffclarke

    There’s definitely a lot of hand-wringing about how 2014 recruiting is going. I think in a few years, we are all going to look back at this recruiting class, no matter how it turns out, as a time when Michigan fans were still learning what it’s like rooting for a top 10 team. The fact is, we shouldn’t expect Michigan, or any other program in a similar situation, to move into the group of blue blood programs (Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke) so quickly. I mean Michigan State, while it very easily could be argued has been one of the very top teams in the last 15 years(!), is still not considered in that group. It would take consistent success over decades to be in that group.

    We should be happy that we have a great team of coaches and players, all with high character, that can compete with anyone, and a great school to root for.

    We should be happy that if we lose all of Chatman, Grantham, Booker, and Blackmon, that a class of Doyle, Hatch, Bolden, Wilson, and Bess is still very possible. and would be a very good class…potentially three 4-stars.

    One thing I’m really looking forward to this week is getting a lot more clarity on the status of our combo forward recruiting.
    – If we get both guys (unlikely), I think we may stop with our 3/4 recruiting and probably not offer Wilson, even though he might be a perfect fit for Michigan.
    – If we get Chatman and not Grantham, we’ll probably offer Wilson and possibly get a commitment. Then if we lose both Booker and Blackmon, the coaches will probably have to assess whether they want a guard in Bess or another combo forward with Bolden, considering Chatman a wing. I would vote for Bolden, but could see the coaches might decide for Bess as a guard would give Michigan the most flexibility with positions in the class.
    – If we get Grantham and not Chatman, we’d still probably offer Wilson and possibly get a commitment. At that time, I think we’d close out the 3/4 recruiting, focusing on wings,
    – If we get neither, the coaches will push for a Wilson commitment, probably keep the lines of communication with Ryan Luther open, but perhaps wait for Bolden in the spring. They’d also be focusing on the wings.

    • DingoBlue

      Hand-wringing I think is appropriate. For me it’s how different 2014 recruiting was compared to 2013. Walton, Zak, Mark, and Austin (at the time) were all committed before this day 2 years ago(!!). They were all kids who wanted to play at Michigan and developed into quality recruits. It seems the kids the staff are going after in 2014 did not have the same desire to play at Michigan (save for Doyle, of course). And that is indeed to be expected by going after highly recruited kids. I guess it would just be nicer to have most of the critical pieces in place for a class (e.g. Combo forward) and then wait on the highest touted guys to make their decisions.

      • geoffclarke

        I guess my point was that we had 2 very successful recruiting classes in a row. I think we will have a 3rd. Others aren’t as optimistic, but even if they’re right, I don’t think results on the floor (which is most important) will suffer much. Not many programs get multiple top 50-type kids every year.

        • UMHoopsFan

          I’m with you. This happens to just about everybody. Ohio State had an entire 2012 class of Amedeo Delle Valle — a guy we rejected for Spike. MSU had a 2013 class of two spring-signee three-stars, one outside Rivals 150 and the other at 125 — rankings wise, it would be at par with or lower than a class of just Doyle and Wilson.
          And that’s if we strike out on all our top prospects and no surprises turn out, and we’re in great shape for a ton of top 2015 guys. In other words, the worst case would be disappointing but still better than even other top programs’ recent down classes, while we have every reason to believe in this staff’s coaching, recruiting, and scouting abilities.

    • Indiana_Matt

      I agree. What if we have an “off” recruiting year… not the end of the world. We aren’t a blue blood. Sometimes you have an off year. Confident we’ll develop whoever we do get and we’d make up for any deficiencies in the class of 2015. I hate the feeling that the recruiting situation seems to be taking away from the fact that we have an incredible team this year. Let’s live in the present a little bit :)

      That being said, I really hope we get some of these dudes!

  • JVS

    An interesting thread of comments overall. I’ll be transparent in saying that I hope things keep up as I know too all too well what its like to fall back into the pack and fight to get out. Also, seeing guys like Looney and Booker in the fold keeps everyone irrationally positive on 2015+ final four odds. Sometimes though, its better to have complimentary pieces than a wealth of high-star talent one and dones – ask Kentucky last year. JB also gets the guys he can stretch into his mold and generally outplay their rating just on their fit into his scheme.

    With that in mind, if we lose Mitch/Glenn this year, and have the rest of the pieces in place for 2-3 years (meaning we keep Irvin OR Walton a 3rd year – which should be the going in assumption), guys like Nik/Caris/Donnal will form a core where if we land a strong class in 2015, we should have the foundation in experience, and with a scoring wing or big could be quite dangerous. In short – i hope we land Blackmon OR Booker plus Grantham OR Chatman, but if we go 0-4, there isn’t a real reason to think that this by itself means we take a step back in performance.

  • chazer

    Just curious, did James Blackmon take his official on the 28th? I haven’t heard anything mentioned other than what’s posted on the Kentucky site. Seems strange that he’d visit on a bye week and no word on the street.
    Perhaps we’ll get either Booker or Blackmon……though as mentioned on this board his Dad wants Kentucky and his Mom wants Indiana. I don’t see them at the same school… though apparently some folks believe its possible.

  • A2JD

    Jerry Meyer just tweeted that Chatman committed to MEEEEEEEECHIGAN!

    • A2JD

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      Enormous win for #Michigan landing skilled wing Kameron Chatman (#36/#32) per @JoshGershon. Beat Arizona, Oregon, USC [url]http://247sports.com/Player/Kameron-Chatman-13390[/url] …[/quote]

  • guestavo

    WE GOT CHATMAN@@@@@

  • Real

    Is this 100%?
    OMG!! Hells yeah!!!!!!
    I was just reading all this doom an gloom in the 47 posts below, until I updated the new comments!