Recruiting Roundup: Kameron Chatman invited to USA Basketball U18 training camp

Dylan Burkhardt

477833[1]The latest on Michigan basketball commitments and recruiting targets from across the country including news, scouting tidbits, video highlights and more.

Kameron Chatman

Kameron Chatman was invited to USA Basketball U18 National Team training camp. Chatman’s family announced the news on Twitter on Tuesday. Tryouts for the USA Basketball U18 team will be in Colorado Springs, Col. on June 10th, according to CSNNW.

The USA Basketball U18 National team will participate in the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, scheduled to take place June 20-June 24 in Colorado Springs.

Michigan’s last USA Basketball representatives were Mitch McGary (2012 Hoop Summit) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (2011 U19).

Chatman led Columbia Christian to a State Championship in Oregon and he was also tabbed for the Jordan Brand Classic All-American game in Brooklyn. Chatman averaged 16.5 points on 73 percent shooting with 4.5 assists and 5 steals per game during the Oregon state tournament.

DJ Wilson


DJ Wilson had a monster game in Capital Christian’s 62-41 sectional win over Central Catholic to three-peat as Division V Champs. Wilson sat out last year’s state playoffs with a back injury.

The Michigan-bound Wilson had 19 points on a variety of drives, fade-away jumpers and dunks, and he yanked down 19 rebounds to go with five blocked shots. Frontcourt partner Nifae Lealao, the football star headed to Vanderbilt, muscled inside for 10 points and 13 rebounds, and seven other Cougars scored in extending their winning streak to 12. Capital Christian (27-3) led 18-0 early and was never threatened.

“It feels great to be able to play this time,” Wilson said. “Now we want to keep going.”

The Cougars, ranked No. 1 by The Bee since the preseason, now high-step into the NorCal Open Division, a tournament specifically designed last season to lump the best teams, regardless of enrollment size, into one division. And make no mistake, Capital Christian is a small school with big-time talents and ambitions. The section-title romp is just a warmup act to the primary goal of returning to Sleep Train for the NorCal Open title game on March 22.

Ricky Doyle

Ricky Doyle’s Bishop Verot team finished the season 15-10 with a disappointing loss to Dunbar in the Florida state playoffs. Doyle averaged 24.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game in his senior season.

Austin Hatch

Austin Hatch has only played in three games for Loyola, 25-3, and made both of his three-point attempts.

Class of 2015 Offers

Jalen Brunson

Brunson most recently visited Michigan State to watch its loss to Illinois. Brunson averaged 28.9 points per game in February and scored 34 points and handed out seven assists last night in front of Illinois head coach John Groce.

Luke Kennard

Kennard visited Duke last weekend and it sounds like the Blue Devils could be the team to beat.

“Coach K said they don’t promise you anything, but he believes Luke is a player, not just a 2 or a 3 or a 1, he believes he’s a player,” Mark said. “He can play any of those spots. If you watch Duke play, that holds true for a lot of his players, he lets them play. He believes Luke can come in and be a really good player there.”

Kennard is considering Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan and Florida.

His next trip may be to Ohio State in April.

“We do have one tentatively scheduled for Ohio State in April, but other than that we don’t have anything scheduled,” Mark said.

Jalen Coleman

Coleman is now hearing from Auburn, where his AAU teammate Sam Logwood is headed.

Coleman recently had a huge performance against fellow Michigan target Jamal Murray and Athlete Institute (Ontario).

“Jalen (Coleman) made some shots and that got us going offensively, but we guarded and it’s always easier to guard when you’re making shots,” said La Lumiere Coach Alan Huss. “Our energy was terrific early, and we made it tough on them.
“Our aggressiveness and intensity caught them a little bit off guard, and playing us is a little different from what they’re used to.”
Coleman led the way for the Lakers early as he scored 24 of his game-high 34 points in the first half. The junior guard was 6 of 8 from deep in the opening period.
“I can shoot, so when I get space, I shoot,” Coleman said. “My teammates trust me, and they got me the ball. It’s all about the trust between my team and my work ethic.”

Class of 2015 Targets

Eric Davis

Here are season highlights of Eric Davis in action.


Here’s some additional footage of Davis in action.

Henry Ellenson

Ellenson had a 46 point performance in front of Bo Ryan last month:

Ellenson poured through 46 points, breaking both Rice Lake High School’s single game and career scoring records.
By the end of the first half, Ellenson had 36 points and surpassed his brother Wally as the Warriors’ all-time career scoring leader. Henry Ellenson now has a record 1,375 points.
Ellenson’s 46 points for the game breaks the previous single game modern day mark of 45 set by Dan Boe in the 1967-68 season.

He’ll lead Rice Lake to state for the first time since 2002

Class of 2016 Targets

Jamal Murray

Canadian point guard Jamal Murray was on campus for Michigan’s win over Indiana. Here are highlights of Murray in action.


Cassius Winston

Bacari Alexander was on hand to watch Cassius Winston on Monday night. Winston had 13 points in the 47-45 win over Detroit Southeastern.

  • kam

    Ricky worries me with one thing.. His rebounding.. at 6’9 in high school 9.9 rebound isn’t great or good. Very good offensive player but should improve on rebounding. Kam chatman has been very impressive and it seems so has wilson. Doesn’t seem like we will get kennard

    • guestavo

      Yeah Kennard is gone. I think we get 2 of Davis/Coleman/Brunson and add a big wing (have no clue?) and a bigman (Boudreaux?). I really like the idea of Davis as a PG if we miss out on Brunson..

      Also glad Jamal Murray is being receptive to the coaching staff. Twitter chatter is saying it’s mostly a 2 team race with us and Syracuse.

      • DingoBlue

        I wouldn’t mind Ellenson

        • guestavo

          Everything points to Wisconsin or MSU.

          • DingoBlue

            I realize that, but just saying.

  • Ben Sheler

    I’m excited about DJ Wilson. At 6′ 9″ he can really shot it, passes well, dribbles well, and moves well. He will probably be another of those underrated gems beilein and his staff always find.

    • blackie6

      Seems like we are getting bigger at the 3 and 4 with Chatman and Wilson….

      Glenn at 6’6 has his hands full on D in particular. Wilson at 6’9 and hopefully after a RS Season could really give us the size we’d prefer at the 4 while still providing an outside shot and the athleticism we want…..

      At the 3 it’s a bit less important, but Chatman at 6’7 already seems to be an upgrade in size compared to the guys we have now…. although, i must say that seeing Irvin upclose on Saturday during shoot around next to the other three 6’6 guys had me thinking Irvin is bigger then the others… (Stauskas, Caris and Glenn)….

      Next Year, we could be rolling out:
      PG – Walton/Spike – Smallish
      SG – LeVert – Big
      SF – Irvin/Chatman – Good Size
      PF – Donnal and Wilson – Very good size
      C – Horford (McGary – Pretty Please!)

      This is assuming Nik and Glenn are gone – who knows of course…..

      • kam

        it must a been the view u had because some sites even had irvin at 6’5. every pic I’ve seen he seems shorter than Glenn and caris

        • guestavo

          Yeah.. Irvin looks at the short end of 6’6” and Caris looks slightly taller than Glenn who is 6’6.5”

        • blackie6

          could be…. I was on the floor in teh corner watching them warm up about 10-15 mins before the game… Irvin has really wide shoulders and just looked to me to be bigger then the others, including in the height dept….

          I’m not sure how accurate the sites are with height….

          again, I could be wrong…

      • Steve2081

        I don’t think Donnal will be playing the 4. He’s a pick and pop big man not an Evan Smotrycz type. He’d also have a lot of trouble defending smaller 4’s.

        • guestavo

          I agree. Chatman is a stretch 4 and Donnal is a center.

          • Webbdog

            Chatman = Point guard.

          • kam

            chatman is 6’7. we have walton and spike. he wont play PG

          • mikey_mac

            Yeah, definitely won’t play the 1, but could be primary instigator on offense (a la Stauskas, LeVert this season).

  • Chezaroo

    Have to believe that Coleman is our number one priority at present, with Brunson being 1A. Have always liked Davis, but appears to be plan B depending on the dominos. Boudreaux is very intriguing to me now, wonder how we stand with him?

  • geoffclarke

    I could be way off, but here’s how I envision things: after a B1G tourney championship and deep NCAA run, Stauskas goes pro after this year. With Stauskas gone, LeVert becomes our “go to” player next year, even if GRIII and McGary return. With LeVert’s bigger role, he plays his way into a 1st round pick and is gone after next season. I also think GRIII and McGary will be gone by the 2015-16 season too. So our roster will look like this:
    Bielfeldt, Sr, 4
    Albrecht, Sr, 1

    Walton, Jr, 1
    Irvin, Jr, 3
    Donnal, So, 5
    Chatman, So, 4 (or 2 or 3)
    Doyle, So or R-Fr, 5
    Wilson, So or R-Fr, 4

    I think Chatman and Wilson could probably man the 4-spot pretty well. There will be a lot of PT available at the 2 and 3, room for both Coleman and Davis, if we ever offer him. That would be a pretty potent duo. There’s obviously room for Brunson too, who might be our best deep threat as a freshman…always room for shooters, especially with other creators like Walton, Albrecht, and Chatman on the team. You could definitely see a lot of two guard sets with combinations of Walton, Albrecht, and Brunson. If we have a hard time getting 1s, 2s, and 3s for some reason, we can easily slide Chatman and Irvin down and try hard to get an impact player at the 4 or 5. I actually think Ellenson could play both the 4 and 5 for us and think he’s laterally quicker than Donnal, which is why I’d prefer Ellenson over Donnal at the 4. Should be exciting.

  • guestavo
    • Webbdog

      Maybe he and Kam Chatman can strike up a Friendship/Bond.

  • guestavo
    • guestavo

      First it was stationary shooting, then it was running, now it’s rebounding. Probably won’t play this year but they are definitely building suspense.

      • Kenny

        If we survive the 1st weekend, maybe Mitch will have chance to play, maybe just 10-15 minutes but our defense may actually improve.

        • gobluemd16

          I dont think defense is our problem at the 5 position with JMo.. also, I don’t think Mitch would be able to sure anything up defensively to any extent coming off not playing for months, even if he were to play again

          • guestavo

            No one knows for sure but I think McGary could fill Horford’s role more efficiently, even rusty.

  • tgio24

    I live in Illinois so I’ve had the chance to see Brunson play a few times this year. The kid is an absolute stud and needs to be #1 on our list! I’d hate to see him at Illinois or MSU.

    • Wayman Britt

      Yup, no doubt we need to get Brunson.

      • guestavo

        I don’t think we “need” Brunson, especially since it isn’t a position without depth, but it would be nice. Davis would be more than capable as a lead guard imo. Coleman is the best prospect out of all the targets imo.

        • Unless Davis makes a huge leap, he’s not a point guard.

          • guestavo

            A year behind Spike and two years behind Walton would do plenty in development, it would seem. People use to and still say guys like Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose aren’t PGs. If Burke were 6’3” he’d be called a combo-guard, too. You’ve seen more footage of him though so I’ll trust your assessment on his ability to transition.

          • Colby

            Is there the potential in Beileins offence to play Walton and Brunson as the starting backcourt? Surround them with shooters, both of them could get in the paint at will.

          • guestavo

            Maybe but Jalen Coleman probably wants minutes, as well. Rick Brunson keeps emphasizing playing time. Eric Davis and Coleman have reps as defenders, Brunson does not. Can two sub 6’1” guys (Walton and Brunson) really start in a backcourt? I have my doubts defensively but it could be a way to convince Brunson to come to UM. The second wing/guard who commits would have to be willing to wait a year or more, too.

            I personally think Brunson goes somewhere where he can start and we battle Syracuse, Arizona and MSU for Thornton, Winston and Murray or they transition Davis. No way Davis and Coleman can be the starting 2 and 3 together as they are too small combined.

        • Unless Davis makes a huge leap, he’s not a point guard.

  • brianw

    Trevor Manuel (6-10 power forward) was a visitor for the Indiana game, per Sam Webb. Anyone know anything about him? Scout has him as the #6 power forward for 2015.

    • MAZS

      At Oak Hill now. Played (and started) at Lansing Sexton his freshman and sophomore years–with Denzel (MSU), Clemmons (Iowa), Forbes (Cleveland State), and Hayes (Oakland) his freshman year. Naturally, 5th option that year. Old for grade, I believe. State purportedly offered after his freshman year. Transitioning from post to wing/stretch 4. Certainly excellent prospect as frosh–but since I haven’t seen in awhile, I can’t say where he’s at now.

      • brianw

        Thanks for the info.

  • anon

    So many people seem to be sure Walton will be at Michigan for the 15/16 season, but the last 2 pgs have left after huge improvements in their sophomore seasons. Walton hasn’t had Burke’s freshman per game stats but his per 40 minute stats are pretty close. He may not go pro after next year, but I think the coaches need to recruit like he will.

  • anon

    Might want to add Austin Davis from Onsted, MI into the class of 2016 targets. 6’10” kid had 51 in a win with Beilein and Lavall Jordan in attendance.