Sophomore guard Jordan Chatman will be leaving the BYU men’s basketball team, the program announced Thursday evening.
Chatman recently graduated from the university with a degree in Asian Studies after just two years in Provo. He had previously stated that he planned to begin law school next year and he had already been accepted at BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School, according to a recent Instagram post by his father, Cougar legend Jeff Chatman. It appears he will not be matriculating.
"BYU basketball coach Dave Rose announces that Jordan Chatman will transfer from the program. He has three years of eligibility remaining."— Greg Wrubell (@gregwrubell) June 10, 2016
Chatman was named Mr. Basketball in Washington state after his senior season in high school. Immediately following graduation, he served a two-year mission to Taipei, Taiwan before redshirting a season in Provo. Last year, he finally found he way into the BYU basketball rotation.
Chatman played in 36 of the Cougars’ 37 games. He was a valuable contributor from the bench, adding some pop from the 3-point line and defensive pressure. He averaged 2.6 points, 1 rebound and 0.8 assists per game.
His career highs with the Cougars were 13 points vs. Portland, 7 points vs. Loyola Marymount and 4 assists vs. San Diego.
Chatman has three more seasons of eligibility. As a graduate transfer, he should be immediately eligible to play at another university without having to sit out a year.
This is bad news for BYU basketball. Prior to Chatman’s exit, the Cougars had five guards expected in their depth chart. That number now decreases to four, and BYU has two open scholarship roster spots to fill. Dave Rose and his staff will need to add more talent to their backcourt — and fast.
Best of luck to Jordan at his next university.