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Kameron Chatman needs to make immediate impact at Michigan

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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When Kameron Chatman committed to Michigan on October 1, it wasn't a lock that he would be starting as a freshman. After all, the Wolverines were expected to have five underclassmen starters this past season -- with Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary the main candidates to go to the NBA early.

While McGary still hasn't decided, Robinson and sophomore guard Nik Stauskas have both decided to enter the draft. Meanwhile, Jordan Morgan used up his eligibility and Jon Horford is transferring.

Now, Chatman will have to play major minutes as a freshman next season.

"My role was going to be dependent on me," he said last week at the Jordan Brand Classic. "I talked to the coaches, they said I'm going to play a big role."

Chatman, a 6-foot-7 forward, will fit in with the versatile system that John Beilein promotes at Michigan. He is a very good rebounder at both ends and is a solid passer for his size. Chatman also has terrific length, and can score in a variety of ways. He has good touch from the perimeter, although he's inconsistent from the perimeter.

With that said, his ability to play multiple positions should be ideal for Michigan next season.

"Everyone is interchangeable," Chatman said. "It fits what I do. Knocking down open shots, using back screens."

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