PORTLAND, Ore. — Most long-time BYU fans have fond memories of Jeff Chatman, who starred for the Cougars during the mid-'80s. Now his son, Jordan Chatman, may be following in his father’s footsteps.
While he likes BYU a lot, it's not his only option.
“I have three offers now, and a lot of other schools looking at me,” said Jordan Chatman. “I’ve spent a good amount of time looking at each school and want to make the best decision for me.”
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound point guard currently holds offers from BYU, Utah State and Portland. There's increasing interest from programs such as Harvard, Stanford, Oregon State and most recently Utah.
A few weeks ago, Chatman took an unofficial visit to the Utah campus and came back impressed.
“Coach Krystkowiak is an NBA guy, with NBA playing experience and coaching experience, so I really like that,” he said. “It’s real exciting that they’ll be playing in the Pac-12, so it’s definitely something I’ll consider if they come forward with an offer.”
Utah has indicated that an offer could be coming after coaches see him play in person.
Chatman is currently playing AAU ball, which has taken him to places such as Virginia, Indiana, Texas and Louisiana this summer. He hails from Union High, just outside of Portland, and has joined with other top Northwest prospects in forming quite a formidable team.
“We’re the best team out of the Northwest, with the guys we have on our team,” he said. “Most of my teammates have scholarship offers from Division I programs, and it’s been a lot of fun.”
While playing for his AAU team, he’s been able to show his up-tempo style, which has led many schools to show interest in him.
The first school to show him interest was Utah State, who came forward with his first offer.
“I’ve been up there. I was actually up there when they played BYU and they beat them,” said Chatman. “The atmosphere was great, and I love Coach Morrill. Utah State is a school that goes to the NCAA tournament every year, and they win. I also love the style of ball that they play.”
Regarding Portland and its interest, he likes that the university is close to home, among other factors.
“They have very good academics, which is important to me,” he said. “I’ve obviously spent a lot of time there, and I’m very familiar with the coaches. I love the Northwest, and it would be great to stay in the Northwest to play basketball.”
BYU has been recruiting him as hard as anyone. Jordan has visited the campus a few times on unofficial trips and has built a good relationship with the Cougar coaching staff.
“My dad absolutely loved it there, and I’ve really liked it every time I’ve seen them play and when I’ve visited the school,” he said. “I love their up-tempo style, which fits my game, and I love coach (Dave) Rose and his staff.”
Recently coach Rose and assistant Terry Nashif flew to Portland to watch him work out. “I really appreciated them coming out. That was really cool, and it shows that they’re very interested in me,” he said. “I love the environment at BYU and their academics. I really like the new deal that they signed with the West Coast Conference, which will have them playing on ESPN. Everyone wants to play on ESPN, and they’ll be playing great programs like St. Marys and Gonzaga, so I really like that.
“(My father) would obviously be happy if I chose BYU, but he’d be happy with whatever school I choose as long as I’m happy with that decision,” said Jordan. “He’s not pushing any school to me, but he is being very helpful in helping me along the way.”
Jordan will be entering his senior season at Union and will hold off a bit before making his commitment.
“I want to wait and see all the options I’ll have, so I can make the best possible decision,” he said. “I plan on taking my official trips and all that. I want to play for a school where I know that I can play and play immediately. I also want a school with good academics, as school is something I take very seriously.”
Seriously indeed, as he’s been taking college courses that will give him nearly two years' worth of college credit by the time he graduates from high school. Jordan is an LDS Church member and has definite plans to serve a mission.
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