So was Kameron Chatman's decision to pick Michigan over Arizona really a surprise?
According to those around him, maybe not.
Chatman's father, Canaan, said the fact that Michigan was the first school recruiting him in 2012 and continued to show consistent interest made a difference in his decision making. Long Beach Poly coach Sharrief Metoyer told the Detroit Free Press that Chatman eventually felt "very, very comfortable" with Michigan and coach John Beilein.
Chatman said he was also impressed when he attended the Michigan-Notre Dame game with about 115,000 other people. (He did not visit UA during a football game weekend).
Canaan Chatman said he found it puzzling that there were so many people predicting Kameron would choose Arizona.
"We approached Arizona media just like we approached you guys. We didn’t talk to anybody," Canaan Chatman told UMhoops.com. "So we got the information when everyone started forwarding us that it looks like Arizona, that Kameron’s going to commit.
"Kameron and I looked at each other, like, ‘I didn’t talk to anybody, did you talk to anybody?’ Our approach the entire time, we didn’t comment taking visits nor did we comment after visits because we didn’t want people predicting. We just wanted to make sure we kept it honest, steered clear and didn’t lean either way."
FWIW, Canaan Chatman told me via email before his son's visit to Arizona last weekend that he would not discuss Kameron's recruitment and he has still not returned an email I sent Tuesday before Kameron's decision.
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