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What Do We Know About Rodney Chatman?
What Do We Know About Rodney Chatman?
Published by Swampy Meadows
10-29-2019
What Do We Know About Rodney Chatman?

BEVERLY HILLS (MI) -- Welcome to the fourth installment of UD Pride poster Maddog07's favorite feature, "What Do We Know About...?" This is where "FTS" scours the intrawebs for info on the five new players who will don the Red and Blue for the first time on November 9th at the newly renovated UD Arena.

You can find the profile on Ibi Watson here:

http://www.udpride.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33353

Click here for the column on Chase Johnson:

http://www.udpride.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33373

And the most recent post on Jordy Tshimanga:

http://www.udpride.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33388

Next up is PG Rodney Chatman.

Rodney transferred to Dayton from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he started all 29 games at PG for The Mocs in 2017-2018. In a way, we can thank former UTC coach Matt McCall for both Rodney and his fellow Flyer PG Jalen Crutcher. Crutch had signed with The Mocs and was released from his LOI when McCall took the UMass HC gig. McCall had recruited Rodney as well and Chatman decided to leave for the greener pastures of the Gem City a year later.

A few video highlights of Chatman from AAU ball:

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5201576...eead5d90ccc3a6

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5201576...eead5d90ccc370

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5201576...19261f80c751dc

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ran this profile of Chatman when he committed to The Mocs:

https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/...l-mocs/340925/

This is the video intro for Rodney from his sophomore year at UTC:

https://twitter.com/gomocsmbb/status/957371983209091073

Here is Chatman taking it to the hole vs. Citadel:

https://twitter.com/jamesrrider/stat...93186454376448

The following are some stats from 2016-18 (Freshman and Sophomore seasons at Chattanooga) courtesy of DaytonFlyers.com:

Started three games as a freshman, and started all 29 at point guard as a sophomore
Led the team in scoring in seven games as a sophomore, with a career high 26 against ETSU
Averaged 13.3 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore
Shot 45.3 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from the three point line, and 78.2 percent on free throws
Finished with a career high 14 assists in a road game at Jacksonville State in December 2017
Ranked sixth in the Southern Conference in minutes per game at 32.3

Here is AG on Rodney's commitment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pRgn4X8Szs

The following is Rodney's profile from Bustin' Brackets:

Chatman sat out last season after transferring from Chattanooga. The 6-1 guard averaged 13.3 points his sophomore season and has two seasons of eligibility left with the Flyers. Chatman could potentailly push Crutcher for the starting point guard spot, but it is more likely that hell function as a solid backup. Its not inconceivable both could share the floor, however, as Chatman projects as a capable 3-point shooter when playing off the ball (33.9%).

Chatman is described as a "late bloomer" by his dad Rodney, who played hoops at USC. Here is his Pops hitting a three vs. Georgia Tech in the second round of the NCAA Tournament back in 1992:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANfMrwevsXY

Lots of good info on Chatman and his family in this piece from David Jablonski at The DDN:

https://www.daytondailynews.com/spor...XgzeqpAFkeDuJ/

IYRC, Rodney committed during a photo shoot on his official visit to UD. Asked if he had anything to tell the Flyer Faithful he replied:

"Im committing to be a Dayton Flyer."

Both Rodney and Jalen Crutcher were sidelined for the "Secret Scrimmage" vs. UC on Saturday. It demonstrates just how deep this edition of the Flyers will be when UD was able to go nose-to-nose vs. the Bearcats with only Dwayne Cohill available at PG.

Unlike Jordy Tshimanga, Chase Johnson and Ibi Watson, Rodney Chatman is a known quantity, having played PG successfully for another major college program. The hope here is that he can approximate the production he had at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and provide meaningful minutes for this very deep Flyer squad.

That's it "From the Swamp."
You can email me at: swampy@udpride.com
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