Now officially a Wolverines since June, Chatman feels he’s fully assimilated himself to the program and the area in general.
“I’m doing ok,” Chatman said. “This is my new home now so I took a couple visits back home but I was ready to get back so it’s pretty good.”
Throughout the summer Chatman and the other five freshmen experienced a whirlwind of information thrown their way, on top of workouts and of course a summer course schedule.
Originally thinking the opportunity for so much playing time might not be readily available in year one, the early departures of three Wolverines for the NBA altered that quickly.
Eager to get going and likely to start at the four spot for Michigan as the exhibition season tips off Monday night at Crisler Center against Wayne State, Chatman isn’t focusing on his role.
“Mostly the right side of the floor,” Chatman said. “But I’m practicing wherever Coach Beilein puts me. That’s really where I would go.”
“Whatever Coach B feels he best needs me or where I can contribute to the team is probably where I will play,” Chatman added.
Not known for being a deadeye outside shooter coming out of high school, Chatman says he’s gotten “tremendously better” in that area since his arrival at Michigan thanks to the coaching staff and John Beilein.
Gearing up to take the floor for the first time in more of an official capacity Monday evening, this will be the first time since he was in diapers that he’ll be doing so without his father Canaan coaching him on the sideline.
A no nonsense type of guy, Chatman says he’s kind of excited about that
“Since I was two years old he had a ball in my hand and just watching basketball,” he said smiling. “I think that helped me grow mentally in the game of basketball.
“From coming out here it actually feels good not to play for him anymore. Coach Beilein is much different than him so, I think it feels pretty good to play for somebody new for a change.”