PROVO — Jordan Chatman verbally committed to BYU basketball coach Dave Rose earlier this morning that he will play for the Cougars. The son of BYU great Jeff Chatman had narrowed his options to Stanford, Washington State, Utah and BYU before opting on BYU.
“I love the style of play there,” said the 6-foot-4 guard. “I love the up-tempo system that coach Rose runs, and that was probably the biggest reason for my commit.”
Chatman hails from the Portland, Ore., area, but has become intimately aware of BYU ever since he was a young kid. He’d watch film of his dad and hear stories, but he never became more aware of who is dad was and what he meant to BYU basketball until he visited the state and the school.
“People would come up to us from everywhere, letting us know how grateful they were to him,” said Jordan. “I could tell that he meant a lot to the people there and that’s a great thing.”
Jordan isn’t his father, however. There are notable differences, starting with their respective size. Jeff was a low-post player who played big with his 6-foot-6 frame, while Jordan is mostly a perimeter player who can play either guard position with his 6-4 frame.
“I worry about that to be honest with you. I worry about the comparisons,” said Jeff. “We’re a lot different with not only how we play, but with our personalities. I’m more of a talker and I’m a very social person. I’m on Twitter a lot and there is no way that Jordan would ever do that. He’s a lot more quiet than I am, so I worry about people comparing who I was when I was there with what he’ll be.”
Despite that bit of trepidation, Jeff couldn’t be more excited about his son’s ultimate decision.
“I’m thrilled overall that he’ll be able to take part in the great environment and team BYU has,” he said. “It’s a great honor for me, as his father, to have him play for BYU. It’s a wonderful place, and knowing everything they have to offer. It’s great knowing that my son will have those same opportunities.”
Jordan will leave for a mission following his high school graduation this spring. Upon his return, he looks forward to playing for a program that he feels fits his talents well.
“I love coach Rose and how he runs things,” he said. “I’ve known him for a long time. He’s very easy to talk to and he treats his players well. I think the system he runs is perfect for me and my talents. I love playing up-tempo and will fit in well with what they do.”
Jordan and his father have been able to attend several BYU basketball games over the years. Sitting in the Marriot center’s electric environment is something that really appeals to him.
“BYU has great fans that come out and support the team,” he said. “It’s great knowing that we’ll continue to have that support. I also like that they’re playing in the West Coast Conference. When we go up there to play UP (Portland), I’ll be able to go back home and play there, so that will be great.”
Jordan is well aware that BYU received two other commits in Nick Emery and TJ Haws last week. Their commits didn’t play much at all with his own commit, but he is excited to play with great talent going forward.
“My dad played with TJ’s dad, so I know them a bit, and I’m excited to play with them and all the other great players at BYU,” he said. “I don’t know them personally as much as I know of them, but it’s great that I’ll be able to play with them. It's just a great honor for me to be able to be part of a great program like BYU."