Constantly evolving year to year, one era to the next, the game of basketball today has a much different feel than it did 40 years or even 20 years, ago. One aspect that remains a constant is that great players want to play alongside other great players.
Michigan’s recruiting classes in 2012 and 2013 are proof that one standout isn’t enough and when there’s up to five, the result could help make a trip to the national championship a reality as opposed to the 20 year dream it become in Ann Arbor.
In the class of 2014, the Wolverines already have one commitment in Fort Meyers (Fla.) Bishop Verot big man Ricky Doyle, one of the top performers at this past weekends’ College Practice Camp in Ann Arbor, but the Wolverines are still looking to add talent around Doyle since his commitment back in March.
Enter Devin Booker and Kameron Chatman. The five-star and four-star prospects, respectively, were both in Ann Arbor to visit and compete in the camp over the weekend as well, forging a quick friendship, and sharing more than basketball talent in common -- both now have scholarship offers from John Beilein.
“We didn’t really know each other like that but we kind of got to know each other a little bit throughout the camp,” Chatman told GoBlueWolverine. “We were basically in the same group and the coaches had us in the same drills and stuff like that and then we were playing against each other.
“He’s a good player. I played against him last year in the EYBL and he’s a great shooter, athletic, a good player -- I wouldn’t mind playing with him.”
Chatman’s ICP Elite team and Booker’s Alabama Challenge were both at the Nike EYBL tournament in Minneapolis the previous weekend, and even the fathers of the highly coveted prospects had a chance to share some thoughts on Michigan and the potential both end up landing in Ann Arbor to play college ball.
“Me and his dad had some conversations last week in Minneapolis and I told him we were coming this weekend,” Chatman’s father, Canaan, said. “I asked him how serious Devin was about Michigan cause we’re looking at Michigan. When you start narrowing it down you want to start finding out who else is coming to because Kameron doesn’t want to come alone.
“So me and Melvin started having some conversations last week and as soon as Devin got in he made his way straight to me, straight to Kameron, just showed some love, and they got a chance to kind of kick it.”
Whether or not Booker and Chatman end up joining forces in the Maize & Blue remains to be seen but the interaction can’t hurt the Wolverines in their hopes of securing a commitment from one or both. One thing is for sure though, wherever Chatman ends up, the 6-foot-7, 190-pound facilitator wants players around him.
“I would say it’s a big deal just because I like to win,” said Chatman. “That’s really all I care about is winning. The type of player I am, I like to get my teammates involved first before I would score, so basically, I would work off my teammates. Learning how people play would be big for me and adding more talent to a team will help us win more. I would say it’s a big part (of my decision).”
Chatman says he plans to take another visit to Michigan for either the Notre Dame night game on Sep. 7 or the Ohio State game on Nov. 30. The night game with the Irish could be a huge basketball-recruiting weekend with several nationally ranked prospects in the class of 2016 looking to attend.