BYU basketball: Jordan Chatman commits to Y.

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    Sept. 23, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    These kind of signings along with those of Troy Hinds and Tanner Mangum make it apparent that just maybe it isn't the end of the world if BYU doesn't join the Big 12 conference. Just saying.

    And to Uteology, you represent your people well.

  • l.cee Ridgefield, WA
    Sept. 8, 2011 11:26 a.m.

    I've seen Jordan growing up--he's a fine young man! He comes from a good, devoted family who have taught him well, not just in the skills he has learned for playing basketball, but also for life. He is a good example to all around him and will add much more to the team than being just a good player. Go Jordan! Go BYU!

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 2:38 p.m.

    What is nice to see that Utah and BYU are both getting quality young men for their programs. Not sure how successful either will be in the future but it should be a fun ride.

    A word of advice to the justgordon's out there. It is real hard to go backwards other than to enjoy the history. The current programs at Utah, BYU and any other school for that matter are usually as good or bad as their last season or is some cases game.

  • blauch Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    But right now they have
    2 more year of Davies
    3 more year of Chris Collinsworth
    4 years of both Ian Howard and Nate Austin (lone Peak Player)
    6 years Issac Nielson (first 2 years on Mission)

    Additional Big Players that BYU is recruiting

    Rosco Allen - He was teammates with Jonathan Tavernari, Michael Loyd, J and Winder and his HS coach is brother with Dave Rice - That was the connection before. Doubtful

    Jabari Parker who is LDS

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 10:33 a.m.


    You're right. utah is to NC, Duke, OSU,and Kansas in basketball as BYU is to USC, Notre Dame and Texas in football.

    In otherwords they both have nice traditions and good success, you could even consider both of them legacy programs, but neither of them really is in the same league as the very top programs.

    So next time some BYU fan compares BYU football to those very top programs I fully expect you will agree with them just like you seem to think utah basketball is somehow comparable to the very most elite basketball programs.

    Let us see if you actually have that consistency.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 9:08 a.m.

    In all fairness, your first post did smack rather loudly of jealousy. The article clearly states that Utah was one of his final 4 choices.
    BYU continues to get outstanding guards and swingmen and have solid big men for the next few years. If they can get some quality big men over the next 6 years to go along with their guards and swingmen, they have a good chance to become a frequent sweet 16 team.

    That is probably why justgordon is a little insecure.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 7, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    Point guards are now lined up for several years. Big men are taking notice and excited to join the program. Jimmermania was just the beginning of a sweet basketball tradition contagious excitement.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Sept. 7, 2011 6:47 a.m.

    I love Jordan! I love his attitude and I love the fact that his dad, who I also loved once played for some of the most beloved cougar teams ever. I love that he has history and I love the fact that he loves Coach Rose, who is a guy who really seems to love his players who all seem to love playing for him. The love flows freely between BYU and it's recruits and I love the way the Deseret News covers that. I also love the fact that so many recruits are not shy about using the word love and I myself love what the word "love" represents.
    Have a great day, everyone. I love you.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 4:27 a.m.

    Me bitter? The young man did not have Utah on his radar. Neither did he have any of the other schools I mentioned. His dad played for the school he selected! I doubt anyone, but Stanford was seriously in the mix. And he should have gone there Stanford's academics are peerless.

    As for those who think Utah's basketball program should somehow not be mentioned with the schools I listed, you obviously have no sense of history and have been blinded by Jimmer-mania and think that one year of success somehow eclipses all the NCAA banner hanging in the Huntsman Center. Now that is not hilarious, it's pathetic.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    Sept. 7, 2011 2:48 a.m.

    WCC Rules!!

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 11:23 p.m.

    Nice decision Chatman, look forward to you playing at BYU in a few years!

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    This was not a sure thing. Congratulations to Dave Rose and the Cougs for landing another great recruit. Several have mentioned that we need some big men to commit now and we do but don't forget that we have Nate Austen and Ian Harward just off their missions with all four years of eligibility left so they're essentially like new commits as well. The future looks bright!

  • Chase Saint George, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    It's not too late to come to your senses and withdraw your commitment...

    ...I'm looking at you Mr. Loveridge.

    Everyone else is doing it.


  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 9:45 p.m.


    "Seldom" comment on recruits, not "never". And for that matter I'm not really commenting on the recruit, I'm commenting on the ute troll. That I do alot.

    Sept. 6, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    Go Cougs. I am pumped about this get. The Cougars are looking good for the future.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 7:31 p.m.

    I think you will find a couple of first year recruits are lights out shooters, Harrison and Carlino. I notice #44 on Jordans jersey in highlight real, I suspect it's the Ainge influence.

    I think Jeff Chatman, Danny Ainge and Kresimer Cosic are my favorite all time BYU basketball players. (I've been following them since the 60's) OOPS better add the Jimmer.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    Great pick up by the cougs, congrats to Jordan.
    In response to the question does the cougs have any 3 pt shooter in this group, I'm pretty sure the Emery kid is a standout 3 pt shooter.
    As far a bigs go, we have 2 young kids just returning from their missions this yr and one that is just leaving.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Sept. 6, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    Serenity Now | 5:17 p.m. Sept. 6, 2011
    Highland, UT

    Thank you. The article I read was written by a Birmingham paper and was complimentary to Chatman and BYU but was wondering if a rural black kid from Alabama could adjust to a white western school. I did not know that Chatman became a Mormon convert. There are a lot of good black kids, including quality athletes, from the rural south who would love BYU if they only knew about it. Also white kids. BYU needs to stay independent for this reason.

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter | 5:24 p.m. Sept. 6, 2011
    Highland, UT

    Why the bitterness? Remember, the real Ducky never comments on recruits.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 5:31 p.m.

    Welcome, Jordan. Your dad is one of my all time favorite BYU players! Wonderful player and quality guy. All the best in your high school career and on your mission!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 5:24 p.m.


    No idea about how NC, Kansas, Texas or OSU feel about it but even mentionaing the pathetic utah program with those excellent ones is LOL hilarious.

    And yes utah is greatly disappointed. They recruited him, they wanted him, they badly needed him, and they were rejected by him.

    I personally have no idea if he will be a good player, I've never seen him play, but it is pretty safe to say he is better than anything the utes are likely to get seeing as though they routinely get rejected by almost every single player they go head to head with BYU over. Yes I know they got one, but of course BYU got 3, and that is just this year.

    It is no doubt very hard for you to swallow but it is what it is. Learn to live with it without the bitterness.

  • Serenity Now Highland, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    To FDRfan:

    I recall Jeff Chatman coming to BYU from Talladega, Alabama in 1984 or 85. According to a Cougar Club website:

    "Led his Munford High team to the county and area championship twice ... selected All-County three times and All-State twice ... chosen MVP in the Alabama All-Star basketball game ... placed second in the slam dunk contest ... all-time career scoring and rebounding leader an Munford ... discovered by BYU while the Cougars were at the 1984 NCAA tournament ... had 16 points, seven rebounds and 11 blocked shots at prep all-star game and was named games MVP ... coached by Leon Stephens (Jacksonville St.)."

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    Congratulations Jordan. Always fun to see someone follow their father's lead. Would have loved to watch you play at the U. Good luck in your high school career and on your mission. See in 2016 . . .

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 6, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    Next target: Jabari Parker. Now that would be a major, major coup.

    Do we have a "lights-out" 3-point shooter among the recent commitments?

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    I am sure North Carolina, Texas, Kansas, Georgetown, Ohio State and Utah are all greatly disappointed that they weren't even considered.

    Looks like the kid wanted to play in the West Coast Catholic league...although going to Stanford was certainly the best academic choice...who can say about WaZoo...OSU and U of O have better basketball programs than WaZoo.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    Congrats to Jordan. He comes from terrific parents -- Jeff and Leah. Very pleased to read Jordan will be going on a mission. That's the greatest good (IMHO).

    Agree with motorbike as well. Ignore other schools and preemptive postings. Welcome them. The more they write, the more the readership goes up, the more stories are written. They are contributing and we love and appreciate them helping us.

  • BP Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    BYU seems to be fairly well set at the 1, 2 and 3 spot for the next 6 years. With a few solid recruits at the 4 and 5, they could be setting themselves up for a lot of success in the future.

  • Realistic Goggles Alpine, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    Now the real work starts! The coaches have had it easy with born-to-be-blue guys joining the program.

    What the Y really needs is some big players for the coming years. I am not aware of any quality bigs in the hopper.

  • KSDBN Murray, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    What bigs are out there that BYU has offered or is recruiting? Anyone know?

  • JDL Magna, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 3:06 p.m.


    I'm a Cougar through and through and I had the exact same thoughts as you. Thanks for the good words and more than appropriate response to riddle.

  • flynn is the coolest Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    BYU has great fans that come out and support the team."

    Cougar fans, tickets are very reasonably priced at the MC. Let's make sure we fulfill Jordan's expectations this coming year- and in years to follow- even if the team falters in a few games.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Sept. 6, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    What a great month for BYU basketball recruiting with Haws, Emery and Chatman! Who could wish for more.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Sept. 6, 2011 2:54 p.m.

    Another great "get."

    Now how about some "bigs" for the Cougars!!!

  • G-Swenz Providence, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 2:37 p.m.

    Very good get for the Cougs. He'll be a fun one one to watch in the future.

    Chatman v. Bradshaw could be a big match-up in the future against USU.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    Sept. 6, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    Great news, but I couldn't get past this paragraph:
    "Chatman hails from the Portland, Ore., area, but has become intimately aware of BYU ever since he was a young kid. Hed 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."

    I'm sure there's a lot of pressure to get a story out as quickly as possible, but please read what you wrote before you post it online.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 6, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    Great to have Jordan committed to the team. Don't be surprised Jordan if by the time you play your playing Kansas and Kansas St. as regular season opponents! Thanks for considering and choosing BYU!

    Go Cougars!

  • nielanut TOOELE, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    Congratulations Jordan! Can't wait to see you play! I am sure this was a very hard decision between some amazing schools! Good choice!

  • oh ye confederacy of dunces Flushing, NY
    Sept. 6, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    Man, the Y's back court is going to continue to be insanely good. We have recruits in the pipeline for 5-6 years now--not just decent recruits, but the best BYU has ever had. With coach Rose at the helm, and the run and gun style of play, Y hoops will continue to be a force to be reckoned with. I predict continual appearances at the big dance with yearly wins.

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 12:55 p.m.

    While this is certainly a nice pick up for byu is anybody really surprised??

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 12:50 p.m.

    Great news. Now they need to focus on getting some big guys for the next 3-6 years. BYU should be good for years to come.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Sept. 6, 2011 12:45 p.m.

    Good pickup, good luck Jordan.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    Funny that a few of you find such a need to preemptively strike against Utah fans for what you think they may or may not say about Jordan's commitment instead of just voicing your opinion on the actual topic.
    Congrats Jordan, wish you would've picked the U but good luck at the Y.
    And congrats to Dave Rose on Jordan's commitment. The commitments that have come in for the Y in the last couple of weeks should ensure they'll continue to be a tough program to beat for several years to come.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Sept. 6, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    Wait a minute. He chose BYU over utah? Imagine that.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Sept. 6, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    No need to mention other local teams here. Great pickup for the Cougs. Now that they have excellent guards locked up for the next 6-8 years, time for the big men to sign up. No need for comparisons with his Dad although his Dad did have a sweet turn-around jumjper. Go Cougs!

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    Welcome Jordan!

    Here's a public service announcement for the ute fans: Before you come on here and say he's just following in his father's footsteps, he always wanted to play at BYU, and Coach K.2 can find better athletes then Chatman, just remember if he would have committed to the U, we would have heard endlessly about how great of an athlete he is, and BYU could never have gotten him, and that being from PAC 12 country wanted to play for a PAC 12 school.

    There are already enough U fans walking around with their feet in their mouths after proclaiming BYU the loser of Saturday's game midway through the fourth quarter, I'd hate to see any more.

    Just looking out.

  • BYUCOLORADO Castle Rock, CO
    Sept. 6, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    Incredibly exciting. That is two commits in a row that mentioned specifically that they wanted to play in the Marriott Center (Nick Emery did too). It is a special place.

    The future is looking bright. Can't wait.

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 11:06 a.m.


  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Sept. 6, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    Could anyone give the history of Jeff Chatman's recruitment to BYU? I remember reading something local about it when I was at UAB. It was something about a rural black kid from Alabama going to a white school in the west.

  • UgottaloveMaxie SLC, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    Not a big surprise he chose byu. good pick-up. He should be pretty good, just tough to have to wait until 15-16 to see him play, but he's doing the right thing by going on his mission.

    Sept. 6, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    Great Decision! Look forward to watching you in a few years!

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 11:00 a.m.

    Welcome home, Jordan!