End of Year Player Review: Jordan Chatman
By Evan Gray
First posted on bostoncollege.247sports.com
Next up on Boston College 247’s end of season reviews on the BC men’s basketball team: Sophomore Jordan Chatman!
2016/2017 Stats (32 Games):
24.8 MPG, 8.6 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.1 TOPG, .418 FG%, .417 3FG%, .913 FT%, 12.3 PER, .596 TS%, .558 EFG%
2015/2016 Stats (36 Games Playing For BYU):
10.0 MPG, 2.6 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.1 SPG, 0.6 TOPG, .380 FG%, .340 3FG%, .70 FT%, 7.2 PER, .491 TS%, .478 EFG%
Jordan Chatman isn’t your typical sophomore guard. Coming out of Union HS in Vancouver, WA, Jordan decided to follow in his father’s footsteps at BYU—where Jeff Chatman is eight all-time in scoring at BYU with 1,824 career points. Jordan’s first two years at BYU were not spent on the basketball court, but instead in Taipei, Taiwan, where the young Chatman served a mission for the LDS. Already starting his basketball two years late, Chatman eventually redshirted the 2014/2015 season, before finally suiting up for the Cougars in 2015/2016. After a lackluster season at BYU in which Jordan scored just 95 points, it was time for Chatman to graduate from BYU with three years of basketball eligibility remaining.
The next stop on the Chatman journey was law school, but when rumors swirled that BYU wouldn’t let a law student play basketball, Chatman found himself again without a team. Long story short, Jordan found his way to Chestnut Hill, a far cry from Taipei. Originally recruited by BC out of high school, Chatman clearly felt comfortable stepping onto the heights, and his ability to play immediately helped a BC squad in desperate need of scoring.
Why take the time to explain all of this? Well, since he is turning 24 years old on May 21, it’s not fair to expect Jordan to take any huge leaps in his next two seasons on the heights. Essentially a three and D player with some inconsistency on both sides of that equation, don’t ever expect Jordan to be a starter in the ACC. What Jordan can be is an extremely solid bench piece. Aside from Ky and Jerome, the Eagle squad is fairly devoid of shot creation, and Jordan’s ability to essentially hit any outside shot is something that can really spread the floor for the Eagles. Taking a whopping 70.3% of his field goal attempts from beyond the arc, it’s a good thing Jordan hit 41.7% of his threes. To put it simply, Jordan is a sniper and not much else on the offensive end—somewhere in between Jason Kapono and Steph Curry.
While I know I just called Jordan limited on the offensive end in terms of versatility—that doesn’t mean he can’t be a force to be reckoned with. After starting the season relatively quietly, Jordan went on a two game tear that may be the best stretch of anyone on the team this season. It began on January 29th, as the Eagles took on the Hokies in Blacksburg. The first half did not go go too well for most of the Eagles–Ky was 0-6, AJ 1-5, and Tava 0-2 with 3 turnovers, and BC was also allowing Virginia Tech to shoot 63.6% from the field. All of this sounds terrible, and it truly was, but amongst the darkness was light, as Jordan poured in 21 first half points—hitting all seven of his shots including 6-6 from the line. Not including Jordan, the Eagles shot just 4-18 from the field in that half, scoring an embarrassing 15 points. To put Jordan’s 21 point first half into some more perspective, he had scored double digit points just six times previously in 40+ games. He obliterated his career high of 16 points, and when it was all said and done, hit his first NINE three-pointers, setting the ACC record for most consecutive threes made in a game while also tying the school record for threes in a game. Obviously, me describing Jordan’s performance doesn’t do it nearly enough justice, and I suggest you just watch it for yourself.
30 points at Va Tech. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys4jJc-xoK8)
But I know what you’re saying: Oh, Jordan had one nice game, anyone can hit 9 straight threes if they get lucky. Well, to all you naysayers, two nights later, this time against Wake Forest, Jordan had another extremely impressive performance. While not a record setting game, Jordan did go 4-6 from downtown and 6-6 from the line in a game that the Eagles could have easily won—which was not the case with the Virginia Tech game. The great part about this game was Jordan’s willingness to actually attack the basket and seek contact, getting to the line a career high 6 times. For someone who rarely does anything off the dribble, seeing flashes of aggressiveness like this gives hope that Jordan may still be something other than a shooter.
22 points vs. Wake Forest (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsts5nJxOj4)
As we mentioned above, Jordan will be 24 by the time next season rolls around, which has its plusses and minuses. On the good side, Jordan’s game should be a lot more finely tuned than the younger players, as he is more used to playing in his full size body. Jordan knows his limitations and doesn’t try anything insane—rarely turning the ball over and not taking any wild shots. On the bad side, what you see is most likely what you get with Jordan Chatman. His defense is solid, but the rebounding statistics are not kind to him and he is pretty lackluster inside the three point arc. Don’t expect Jordan to turn into a Danny Green or a Kris Middleton anytime soon. Jordan is an offensive sparkplug off the bench who can provide you with instant offense and can guard 1-3 on the defensive end. Coming off the bench, you need that kind of player, and Jordan can be very good in that role. Hitting 41.7% of his threes this season, we are unlikely to see any major improvements on the three point shooting, and it will be more important to not see those numbers fall.
Moving into next season, I thought Coach Christian had some really wise words for Jordan Chatman after a February 14th loss to Notre Dame, in which Jordan failed to collect a crucial rebound that sealed the victory for Notre Dame—Jordan finished the game with 0 points and 0 rebounds in 31 minutes. When asked how Jordan can stay effective when he isn’t shooting the ball, Coach Christian had this to say:
“You have to find ways to impact the game. If you’re going to play 31 minutes, then you can’t just be a shooter. He’s a great shooter, but each one of these guys has opportunities to impact the game. You can’t hang your hat on one thing in the ACC. Jordan is athletic and he’s a great shooter, but he has to find ways to impact the game when his shot isn’t going in. You cannot hang your head, you just have to find ways to impact the game.”
For his junior year, I wouldn’t expect Jordan to take any major steps forward, and that’s okay. If he can stay consistent on his three point shot while also working on his rebounding and aggressiveness on the offensive end, he can be a premier bench piece in this league. Best case scenario, he is a poor man’s Malik Monk (in a good way), worst case scenario—if we see his 3FG% decline—he is a homeless man’s Malik Monk (in a bad way).