Michigan announces four class of 2014 signings

Dylan Burkhardt

475946[1]The University of Michigan officially announced its class of 2014 basketball commitments today, welcoming Kameron Chatman, DJ Wilson, Ricky Doyle and Austin Hatch to the program.

The announcement included John Beilein’s first official comments on the new signings.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Thursday, Nov. 14) the signings of 6-7 guard Kameron Chatman (Portland, Ore./Columbia Christian HS), 6-9 forward D.J. Wilson (Sacramento, Calif./Capital Christian School),  6-10 center Ricky Doyle (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) and 6-6 guard  Austin Hatch (Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) to National Letters of Intent to join the Wolverines for the 2014-15 academic year.

“I love the potential of this recruiting class,” said Beilein of the four-member class. “They are outstanding young men who love the game and all bring something different to our program.”

Currently a senior at Columbia Christian High School, Chatman did not play varsity basketball during his junior season after being ruled ineligible following a transfer to Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Despite not playing on the varsity team, he averaged 25.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists playing 14 junior varsity games. Prior to his transfer to Poly, he played two seasons at Jefferson High School in Portland, Ore. As a sophomore, he averaged 9.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.4 rebounds helping the Democrats to a 15-11 record.

“Kam has a unique ability to play either guard or forward because he is both an excellent rebounder and passer,” said Beilein. “His versatility and ability to see the floor gives him the potential of being an excellent playmaker, scorer, and defender for us at many different positions.”

Wilson, who has a 7-3 wing span, is a senior at Capital Christian School, who has gone 52-11 and shared the Golden Empire League title over the last two seasons. As a junior, Wilson averaged 9.7 points and 4.6 rebounds helping the Cougars to a 26-5 record. As a sophomore he tallied 8.6 points and 5.8 rebounds leading Capital Christian to a 26-6 record.

“D.J. is just oozing with potential,” said Beilein. “He is very skilled and can become an excellent combo forward for us. He has great length and can play above the rim because of his athleticism. As he fills into his 6-9 frame his outstanding work habits will be a great asset to him in his development.”

Doyle, who has a wing span of 7-2, has helped Bishop Verot to three straight 4A District 11 League titles and regional finals in 2011 and 2012. Despite missing 20 games with a foot injury as a junior, he averaged 21.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. As a sophomore he averaged 15.2 points and 8.6 rebounds and guided the Vikings a 25-5 record and the Class 4A Regional final.

“We love that Ricky can play in both high and low post,” said Beilein. “He has a tremendous feel for the game whether he is on the perimeter or with his back to the basket. He loves contact so he is a great fit for Big Ten basketball. Our fans will love Ricky’s ‘old school approach’ to playing the game.”

Hatch, who originally hails from Fort Wayne, Ind., is spending a fifth-year at Loyola High School in Pasadena, Calif., as he did not play basketball in 2012 and 2013 due to injuries sustained in a 2011 plane crash. As a sophomore, Hatch helped Canterbury to a 17-5 record averaging 23.0 points and 9.0 rebounds.

“Austin is a consummate, high IQ player, who is an excellent shooter,” said Beilein. “He sees the floor and his teammates well and has great leadership capabilities. We are excited to have him back and playing basketball again. We expect Austin to be an important part of Michigan Basketball during all of his years at Michigan.”

Michigan loses just one player from the roster due to graduation — fifth-year senior Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit), who will complete his master’s in manufacturing engineering.

  • DingoBlue

    Welcome Austin, Kam, D.J., and Ricky!

  • Kenny

    Austin Hatch could become one of the greatest come back story. Go Austin go.

    • JimmyZ5

      I hope so. Dylan, what are the odds that he returns to the court? I’m rooting for him but it has to be a realistic possibility that he never suits up for a game. After all, it’s been about two years and he hasn’t played a game yet.

      Don’t get me wrong. I want him to contribute, and I’m sure he’ll be a positive part of the program in one way or another but have we heard anything about his physical ability to play basketball at a high level after recovering from his injuries?

      • I think there’s still a ways to go. Hopefully he can get back on the court this year and then we’ll see where things go.

      • SamSword

        No, I think the likely scenario, from someone that has no inside info, that he will be placed on medical scholarship and be a big part of the program, but won’t count against the 13 scholarship limit

    • Bill

      He might play but Sam Webb was saying they mainly want to help him get a degree. We have a classy coach.

  • Ben Sheler

    Next year is looking pretty good. A Levert, Stauskas, Irvin, Walton, and Horford starting lineup with Chatman, Donnal, and Spike off the bench with Max getting some minutes also will be very solid.

  • MGoTweeter

    Detroit looking pretty good early against uconn. Nice to see Carlton brundidge back on the court

    • That didn’t last very long :-)

      • MGoTweeter

        Yea pretty much as soon as I said that, uconn buried them

  • Champswest

    We are excited to have him back and playing basketball again. That quote from Beilein makes it sound like Austin will be playing high school ball this year. Or, is he referring to next year.

  • AADave

    Beilein’s comments on Austin are encouraging. Whether he gets on the court or not, I’m glad he’s on board and getting a chance to pursue his dreams. Honoring his scholarship shows integrity and that’s more important than wins or losses.