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July 3, 2014

Memorial’s Chatman commits to Lamar

PORT ARTHUR — Forget the days of Lamar University basketball not paying any attention to Southeast Texas recruits.

Port Arthur Memorial forward Dorian Chatman recently committed to the Cardinals and coach Tic Price. He is a 6-7 senior-to-be who can play inside and also showed an outside game several times last year for the Titans.

Chatman said his commitment to Lamar came after several big schools talked to him about the possibility of leaving the area. One of those schools was West Virginia University. West Virginia even had coach Bobby Huggins come down to Port Arthur and spend time with Chatman and Memorial coach Travis Williams.

Instead, Chatman is staying local. He joins Hardin-Jefferson’s Zjori Bosha as Southeast Texas hoopsters who have committed to Price’s Cardinals.

“The main thing was I thought of my family and the support I have at home,” Chatman said. “I found everything I needed at Lamar. There was really no reason to look any further.”

When bigger schools like West Virginia were courting Chatman, he said the Cardinals were not recruiting him under then head coach Pat Knight. Chatman averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks last year as a junior. He was named Defensive MVP of District 21-5A.

“I never heard from him,” Chatman said. “Then when things calmed down I talked to Coach Price and my confidence in him and his staff started to grow.”

Knight also missed out on two other local standouts in Beaumont West Brook’s Michael Zeno and Nederland’s Colton Weisbrod who are both enrolled at the University of New Orleans, a conference opponent of the Cardinals.

A source close to Lamar basketball said Chatman’s versatility is what led Lamar to offer a scholarship.

“He can play the four and with some work can probably play the three,” the source said. “Hopefully this opens eyes to what Lamar is trying to do in recruiting. It is good for the community and the university. I know social media went off the night he made the commitment. People in the community can relate to this news and hopefully it creates a stir.”

Chatman said Price is one reason his decision to head to Lamar was a pretty easy call to make.

“I believe in Coach Price,” Chatman said. “He has a great staff and they really treat the players like a family. That is what I was looking for in a school. I am excited to head to Lamar and I can’t wait to get on campus.”

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