NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt men’s basketball officially welcomed graduate transfer Rodney Chatman on Monday.
“Rodney is an experienced winner who can create a gold standard for our program moving forward as a graduate student-athlete and versatile backcourt contributor,” head coach Jerry Stackhouse said. “We are excited about his toughness, defensive mentality, and the playmaking talents he will bring to our program.”
A 6-foot-1 guard, Chatman recently graduated from Dayton with a degree in education and played two seasons with the Flyers. The Lithonia, Georgia, native also played two seasons at Chattanooga.
While with the Flyers, Chatman started all but one game in which he played and averaged 7.7 points, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game. As a junior, he led the third-ranked Flyers in steals (40) and was second in assists (99) as Dayton finished 29-2 and was projected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament before it was canceled.
Last season, Chatman missed 12 games due to a hand injury, but returned for the final six games of the season. Prior to his injury, Chatman started the first six games and averaged 10.0 points, 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Also in that time, Chatman thrived in a pair of wins over SEC schools. He tallied a season-high 21 points and five steals in a win over Ole Miss (Dec. 19) and added 15 points, four assists and two steals in a victory over Mississippi State (Dec. 12).
At Chattanooga, Chatman started three games as a freshman and all 29 at point guard as a sophomore. He led the team in scoring in seven games in his sophomore campaign and averaged 13.3 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Chatman will pursue his Vanderbilt master’s degree in the human development studies program.