Ann Arbor, MI. The Michigan Basketball program announced Tuesday that sophomore forward Kameron Chatman will transfer from the school. Chatman, who will have to sit out next season per NCAA rules, has two years of eligibility remaining. Chatman is Michigan’s fourth transfer of the offseason, following the departures of Spike Albrecht, Ricky Doyle, and Aubrey Dawkins.
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Chatman’s transfer is a disappointing development for a program that has suffered from heavy attrition this offseason. A highly touted, four-star recruit out of high school, Chatman was expected to contribute immediately. However, struggles from the field, in particular from the three point line, made it difficult for head coach John Beilein to play him for extended periods of time.
In addition to his poor shooting, Chatman never really found a role on Beilein’s team. He seemed tentative on offense and was a poor defender and rebounder despite his 6-8 frame. Even with his struggles, there was hope Chatman turned a corner following his last second, game-winning shot against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament that vaulted the Wolverines into the NCAA tournament. However, Chatman’s transfer ends what was a disappointing Michigan career.
Chatman’s transfer leaves Michigan with two open scholarships to fill next season. In a press conference yesterday, Beilein said that he’d target wings eligible to play next year for the open roster spots. However, Michigan missed out on Columbia guard Grant Mullins, who recently announced his commitment to California. However, there is often more roster attrition in May, and Beilein will be sure to target any talent that comes available.
In other news, graduate transfer Spike Albrecht announced that he will transfer to Purdue, where he will be eligible to play immediately next season. Purdue, a Big Ten team, will indeed play Michigan next season, meaning Albrecht will face his former team.