June 8, 2016
ANN ARBOR — Kameron Chatman isn’t going far.
Following two seasons at Michigan, Chatman will spend play his final two years of college basketball for former U-M assistant Bacari Alexander at Detroit Mercy.
Chatman’s father, Canaan Chatman, confirmed the transfer on Wednesday morning to MLive. It was first reported by the Detroit Free Press.
Kameron Chatman will have to sit out the 2016-17 season, per NCAA transfer rules. He’ll be eligible to play in 2017-18 as a redshirt junior.
A former top-50 national recruit, Chatman averaged 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 60 career games at U-M, playing 11.5 minutes per outing.
As a sophomore last season, the Portland, Oregon, native averaged 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. His playing time was scattered, including eight games in which he didn’t play.
After sinking a dramatic, memorable buzzer-beating corner 3-pointer to secure the Wolverines a bid in the NCAA Tournament, Chaman didn’t play Michigan’s season-ending tournament loss to Notre Dame.
Chatman was the gem of Michigan coach John Beilein’s 2014 recruiting class. A four-star recruit, he was ranked as the No. 27 overall player nationally in the class and the No. 7 small forward. Alexander was U-M’s lead recruited when signing him.
This offseason, three members of that 2014 class — Chatman, Aubrey Dawkins (Central Florida) and Ricky Doyle (Florida Gulf Coast) — have transferred. Additionally, U-M graduate transfer Spike Albrecht is heading to Purdue.
Chatman’s decision to leave came in early May, roughly two weeks after Alexander accepted the head-coachng position at Detroit Mercy.
Canaan Chatman declined any further comment on his son’s departure from Michigan or decision to transfer to UDM.
Since landing the job, Alexander has signed former Ypsilanti star guard Corey Allen and Canadian forward Cole Long as 2016 recruits, and added junior college center Isaiah Jones and junior college guard Dre Black, an NJCAA first-team All-American originally from Westland.
According to the Free Press, along with Chatman, UDM is also preparing to announce the addition of German 7-foot center Malik Eichler, who spent last season at MacDuffie Prep in Granby, Massachusets.
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