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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Washington Boys Hoop POY: Jordan Chatman

By Ben Rohrbach

A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

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THE WINNER: Jordan Chatman

THE BASICS

School: Union (Camas, Wash.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 195 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Chatman averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game this past season, leading the Titans (21-8) to a third-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament. In three games at the state championships, he averaged 27.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists, including a full-court shot as time expired in the state semifinals, capturing tournament MVP honors. The State Player of the Year as named by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, Chatman shot 41.1 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from 3-point range.

Academic excellence: Chatman has maintained a 3.19 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to volunteering countless hours on behalf of his church, he will complete a two-year service mission in Taiwan upon finishing high school.

THE PRAISE

“Jordan is a very good, strong athlete who can play basketball on both ends,” said Kelly Blankenship, head coach at Evergreen (Seattle, Wash.). “He’s very capable of taking over a game on the offensive end, and able to get his shot at will. When we plan for Union, we plan for Jordan.”

THE FUTURE: Chatman has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Brigham Young University beginning in the fall of 2014.