Beilein’s Tip Benefiting Chatman’s Jumper

Michigan freshman wing Kameron Chatman is already shooting the ball better since his arrival in Ann Arbor in June. Why? John Beilein offered a few tips. Chatman talks summer transition and more.

The most intriguing and versatile player in Michigan’s freshmen class is Portland native and wing Kameron Chatman.

6-foot-7, 210-pounds and long, Chatman has the skill set of a guard to go along with his above average size at the position.

With the ability to play anywhere from point guard to the stretch four, Chatman will be a key piece to John Beilein’s puzzle in 2014-15.

Size an issue for this group of Wolverines, Chatman says if necessary he’d even be able to add some scoring in the post too.

“Yeah that’s not a problem,” Chatman said. “I’ve got a couple moves in the arsenal with my back to the basket. If you put me down there I’m going to play down there so that’s pretty much it.”

In Michigan’s first of four exhibition games during their tour through Italy Chatman got the start at the stretch four, formerly belonging to Glenn Robinson III before departing for the NBA.

Chatman was the only true freshman in the starting five, scoring 12 points grabbing three rebounds along with three assists and two steals on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.

Look even closer at the box score and it shows Chatman was also efficient from beyond the three-point arc, knocking down 2-of-4 attempts. Not known for a great deal of consistency from downtown during his prep career, Chatman says that’s changed quickly since working with John Beilein.

“Coach told me about the split step and I’ve been shooting way better than I was in high school,” he said. “So, just from that just shooting the first three weeks my shot has gotten much better. Just with passing and pivoting there’s just stuff that’s been sinking in so I’ve learned a lot.”

When former Michigan star Nik Stauskas arrived on campus as a freshman over two years ago, the Mississauga, Ontario native indicated he learned more about basketball in a week than he had in his entire life.

For Chatman, his experience so far hasn’t been much different but he’s handling it well.

“I’ve just always been the type of guy that has a high IQ and just able to learn plays quicker and read stuff,” Chatman said. “It’s just, it’s always been in me to learn stuff quickly.

“I mean, the plays, there’s a lot of them but they’re getting synced into my brain so it’s good.”

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