BYU Basketball 2014-15: A look at newcomer Jordan Chatman

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Without a distinct Point Guard for next year solidified here's a look at 2nd generation Cougar, Jordan Chatman.

With the announcement that Matt Carlino is transferring, and not knowing how long Kyle Collinsworth will be out, the position of point guard seems to be up in the air at the moment for the Cougars.  There are some incumbent options, Skyler Halford and Anson Winder (who was the starting point guard before Carlino was eligible).  This article will focus on Jordan Chatman, who returned from his mission to Taiwan in March.

Jordan is a 6-4, 195 lbs. combo guard, although most recruiting services list him as a point guard.  He was the the 2012 Washington Mr. Basketball, 4A State Tournament MVP, and the Gatorade Player of the Year.  He is very fundamentally sound.  He catches ready to shoot the ball and his release is lightning quick.  He shows good vision on the break and in the half court.  Chatman is extremely basketball savvy, probably something he learned from his dad.  He uses his body well to not only create contact, but being very long and strong, he can finish in traffic.  From his videos, he also showed a willingness to rebound and creates offensive opportunities for his team from his rebounding.

His height and length could be a great asset on the defensive end of the floor.  Even if Collinsworth can play heavy minutes, Jordan's versatility could create a some huge mismatches.  Imagine a guard lineup of Haws, Collinsworth, and Chatman clogging lanes, getting steals and running the break.  Kyle or Jordan leading the break and attacking with Haws spotting up would be a deadly fast break.

Jordan's playmaking abilities, both on ball and his movement off ball, really could help the Cougars off the bench.  Obviously, all his highlight videos are from high school and against high school athletes, but I think he really shows a great potential to help BYU next season.  A player like Jordan mixing in with the remaining guards: Kyle, Tyler, Skyler Halford, Anson Winder, Frank Bartley, and Chase Fischer could really go a long way towards the Cougars having a successful season.

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