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May 16, 2013

California wing happy to be back on the floor


It would be perfectly understandable if Kameron Chatman had been showing some rust this spring. But, after sitting out his junior season, the wing is flourishing.

A near 6-foot-7 small forward at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, Chatman had to sit out his junior season because of transfer rules. In Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League, Chatman has been tearing it up.

Even though he sat as a junior, colleges know all about him.

"Right now it's pretty much open right now," said Chatman of his recruitment. "Washington, Oregon and Michigan are probably on me the hardest right now. I also got offers from Connecticut and Arizona so they are in it and Louisville is looking at me, too, so I'm pretty open."

Currently ranked No. 39 in the 2014 Rivals150, the four-star prospect is a smooth southpaw with versatile game. He can bring the ball up the floor, handle against pressure and is a great passer and above average rebounder.

"They say I can play the one through the four, any position that I need to play to win really, in colllege," said Chatman. "Depending on the lineup I can go to the wing or work off the post and in the middle too. Or I can bring it up."

Chatman says that so far the only visit he has set up is an unofficial visit to Michigan for June 1. Other than that, he's looking to take some time with his recruitment.

"I'm going to take my time," said Chatman. "I'll probably do it sometime going into fall of my senior year. I'm not going to rush it too much."

Most of all, Chatman is just happy to be back on the floor and is making the most of having had to sit for a season.

"Sitting made me more mentally tough," said Chatman. "Knowing that mentally I could get through and still be a leader off the court it has felt good to play again."



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