ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Kameron Chatman was a five-star forward coming out of high school. During his freshman season at Michigan, he didn't quite live up to those lofty expectations that are placed on highly ranked recruits.
Coming into the season, the pressure to perform was noted by Chatman.
"Definitely," Chatman said. "Being a five-star recruit, everybody has expectations. I try not to focus on that mainly. I never focus on ratings and stuff like that, I just try to focus on making myself better. There was a lot of pressure but I didn't try to focus in on that as much."
The struggles Chatman had on the court translated to a not-so-impressive statline to finish the season. Luckily in Chatman's case, and other freshman on the roster, he received plenty of in-game experience to aid him going forward.
It also doesn't mean the transition from high school to college was easy, though.
"Coming in last year it was kinda like a deer in the headlights," Chatman said. "The game has really slowed down for me. So I know the offense like the back of my hand. So I know who is going to cut, when they're going to cut. Learning my teammates like that and having a year under my belt, I really know their tendencies and stuff like that. I think my passing should come out a lot more."
Chatman himself has acknowledged the growth he has made from last season to this offseason. Now, he's able to read the offense easier than he did a year ago.
"I think I improved just knowing the game," Chatman said. "The game is slowing down. Being a freshman you transfer from high school, that's a big step because you're playing against grown men and stuff like that. I think mainly the game has slowed down for me. I'm able to read things differently and see things on the court I wasn't able to see last year."