“They asked, ‘If you wanted to tell the Dayton Flyers one thing, what would it be?’” Chatman Jr. said. “He said, ‘I’m committing to be a Dayton Flyer.’”
Chatman plans to major in sports management, his dad said. He’ll be a junior at UD, but a young junior at 19. He didn’t start playing basketball until he was 12. Until then, baseball had been his sport, but he fell in love with basketball.
“He’s still developing,” Chatman Jr. said. “He’s still growing into his own.”
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Chatman averaged 13.3 points per game as a sophomore at Chattanooga but transferred, his dad said, because he wasn’t a good fit with the new coaching staff.
“Matt McCall was his guy,” Chatman Jr. said.
McCall left Chattanooga for Massachusetts a year ago, and Lamont Paris was hired. The Mocs finished 10-23 last season. Four Chattanooga players have announced they will transfer since the end of the season.
It was McCall’s departure that also paved the way for Dayton to sign Jalen Crutcher last spring. He had signed with Chattanooga but was granted his release when McCall left.
The addition of Chatman gives Dayton 11 scholarship players for the 2018-19 season. Nine of them will be able to play. Chatman and Watson will sit out the season. Dayton has two scholarships open for the coming season.