On a day where football recruiting held center stage, Michigan basketball received signatures from four players during the early signing period. Kameron Chatman, Austin Hatch, DJ Wilson, and Ricky Doyle all signed their National Letters of Intent to come to Michigan for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Bio: Michigan’s highest rated recruit is 6-7 wing Kameron Chatman out of Portland, Oregon. Chatman, a consensus four star according to ESPN, Rivals, and 247 Sports, is also considered a top-50 player by every site. His highest ranking comes from Rivals, who peg him as the 29th best player in the nation. He committed to Michigan in early October, turning down offers from Arizona and Connecticut, among others.
About his Game: Chatman was originally a point guard until a growth spurt propelled him to his current height. In all of his highlight videos, it appears he has retained his vision, finding cutters for easy layups. His shooting form is solid despite a tendency to shoot rainbows that may not translate to the college game. He has the length and athleticism for a wow-worthy dunks. He’ll look to take Glenn Robinson III’s spot if Robinson leaves for the NBA after this year.
Bio: DJ Wilson is a 6-8 wing from Sacramento, California. Wilson is a three star that isn’t ranked in any site’s top 100. He looks to be the quintessential John Beilein player: an under-the-radar find who’ll turn out to be a gem once he hits campus. Caris LeVert’s explosion says a lot about Beilein’s ability to develop potential, and Wilson will be no exception. He averaged 9 points and 4 rebounds while helping his team to a 52-11 record over the past two years.
About his Game: He’s skinnier than Chatman, but he possesses the same athletic ability. He has a smooth stroke, and range out to the three-point line. He is equally adept at catching and shooting as well as shooting off the dribble. The one thing none of his videos highlight is his dribbling ability. This will be an unknown, but another wing that can shoot is always welcome in a Beilein offense.
Bio: Ricky Doyle is Michigan’s lone post commit for the 2014 year. A 6-9 power forward, Doyle is from Cape Coral in the Sunshine State. Doyle is a four star who chose the Wolverines over rivals Notre Dame and Ohio State. ESPN has him ranked as the 15th best power forward in the class.
About his Game: Doyle looks to have a decently developed back to the basketball game. He has developed a strong drop step and a hook shot with either hand. Doyle also has a solid stroke out to the elbow. On defense, Doyle has lots of clips of him protecting the rim, challenging shots and blocking weak attempts. He looks to be slightly more developed at this stage than last year’s post recruit, Mark Donnal. With Mitch McGary likely leaving for the NBA and Jordan Morgan graduating, Doyle may not have the option of redshirting.
Bio: Hatch’s story has been the most covered of any of the 2014 commits. The Indiana native has survived two plane crashes in his life, the lone survivor of his family. He sustained serious head injuries, and had not played competitively before transferring to California. His role is unknown, but Beilein said he is looking forward to watching 6-6 Austin play.
About his Game: Hatch’s main calling card is his shooting ability. He has the ability to shoot from anywhere, pulling up or on catch and shoots. His deadly shot opens a lot of room to drive, and he has the ability to put the ball on the floor. The “not just a shooter” label may pass from Nik Stauskas to Hatch during their time here.
The four man class ranks 28th in the nation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Beilein shaped these talents to continue Michigan’s rise as a program.
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