Detroit adds UM's Chatman, German 7-footer Eichler

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Kameron Chatman

Detroit -- New Detroit men's basketball coach Bacari Alexander is bringing in some new faces.

One happens to be a familiar face.

Kameron Chatman, whose 3-pointer against Indiana in the Big Ten tournament secured Michigan its spot in the NCAA Tournament this past season, is transferring to Detroit.

The Titans are waiting on official paperwork, including transcripts, to announce the move. That'll likely happen by week's end.

Chatman will be reuniting with Alexander, a long-time assistant under Michigan coach John Beilein before getting the Detroit head-coaching job this spring.

Detroit also Wednesday announced the addition of 7-footer Malik Eichler, 19, who's originally from Berlin. He spent the last season at a prep school in Massachusetts.

"We are very excited to add such versatility to our front court with Malik," said Alexander. "He is a high-IQ player who has the skill and versatility to become a force in the Horizon League over time."

Chatman, who turned 20 last week and is from Portland, Oregon, was one of four Wolverines to transfer this offseason, with Spike Albrecht going to Purdue, Ricky Doyle to Florida Gulf Coast and Aubrey Dawkins to Central Florida.

Chatman played two seasons at Michigan, with high hopes after seeing extended minutes as a freshman, thanks to a bevy of injuries to Michigan's top-flight players.

But with the roster healthier this past season, and Chatman's defense not up to Beilein's standards, he didn't see the court nearly as much, and was frustrated at times. He played in 28 games, averaging 7.2 minutes -- down from 15.2 -- and 2.8 points.

Still, he hit the biggest shot of the season, against the top seed in the Big Ten tournament, Indiana. With the clock winding down and Derrick Walton Jr. with the ball, Chatman found himself open in the corner, in front of the Michigan bench. Thinking it was Dawkins -- who actually was on the bench -- Walton passed the ball to Chatman, who was surprised to have the ball, too.

But with no time to pass it back, he put up the shot, and it swished right through the net, sending the Wolverines into a frenzy.

Had Michigan lost that game, it's very likely it would've had to settle for a spot in the NIT.

Instead, it beat Tulsa in a play-in game in the NCAA Tournament, before losing a hard-fought game to Notre Dame.

On Tuesday, Alexander continued filling out his staff, announcing Mickey Barrett as director of program personnel and operations, and announcing Kal Riebau will stay on as a graduate assistant and video analyst.

Barrett was on staff at Detroit from 1991-2003 as an assistant coach before becoming Detroit's head women's basketball coach.