Chatman, Four-Star Totino-Grace Star, Announces He Will Attend Ohio State

Totino-Grace four-star point guard Taison Chatman, Minnesota’s No. 1 senior basketball player, announced he will attend Ohio State on Tuesday night.

Chatman made his pick on the 247Sports.com YouTube channel at 7pm CT.

As the 31st ranked player in the Class of 2023 by 247sports.com, Chatman’s final five were Ohio State, Kansas, Xavier, Virginia and the Gophers. He’s made official visits to Ohio State, Kansas and Xavier, but the Buckeyes seem to be favorites.

After leading Totino-Grace to the Class 3A title in March, Chatman proved why he is Minnesota’s next big thing. He finished as one of the highest scoring guards and players on the Adidas AAU circuit playing for D1 Minnesota.

Kansas coach Bill Self, who won an NCAA title last season, appeared at the Twin Cities in April to offer Chatman a scholarship. But Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann and his team made Chatman one of their top targets after offering him in June.

The last Minnesota No. 1 player to stay home to play for the Gophers was Amir Coffey in 2016. Last year, Cretin-Derham Hall’s Tre Holloman signed with Michigan State. Minnehaha Academy sent back-to-back five-star prospects and future NBA draft picks to Gonzaga with Jalen Suggs and Chet Holmgren in 2019 and 2020.

The Gophers home state recruited Chatman heavily this summer, but they did not receive an official visit. Ben Johnson’s search for Chatman changed after receiving an appointment from four-star point guard Cameron Christie, the Illinois veteran No. 1.

Two of Minnesota’s top three basketball players will be out of the picture after Tuesday. Chatman’s AAU teammate Boden Kapke, a Sagrada Familia 6-11 center, committed to Butler.

But Lakeville North forward Nolan Winter, the state’s 2nd veteran, is expected to make his decision this fall between the Gophers and Wisconsin.

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