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BYU basketball notebook: Jordan Chatman making the most of his opportunities

PROVO — BYU freshman guard Jordan Chatman isn't seeing a lot of playing time so far this season, but he is starting to make the most of his opportunities.

After sustaining an ankle injury prior to the start of this season, the son of former BYU basketball great Jeff Chatman is starting to find his groove.

“That kind of slowed him down a little bit," said BYU coach Dave Rose about Chatman's ankle injury. "But with the minutes we’ve given him he’s responded really well."

Finding playing time hasn't been easy for Chatman, even after fellow guard Jake Toolson took a recent leave of absence from the team. His opportunities usually come when BYU's regular rotation is disrupted.

“Depending on the flow of the season, he’s in one of those positions where it’s really tough because he’s not going to be called on every night," Rose said. "But the nights he gets called on we’re really going to need him and hopefully he’ll be ready to help our team like he was the other night.”

Chatman was largely ready to give good minutes during BYU's recent trip to Hawaii in the Diamond Head Classic where he contributed some key shots and solid defense off the bench.

"I just try to make open shots, get people the ball and get stops defensively," Chatman said of his role. "Contributing defensively is real important and I feel I'm improving. I just take it a day at a time and work to keep improving with every practice and every opportunity I have to play."

Seljaas in stride: Another true freshman who has come on strong is Zac Seljaas. The Bountiful product has hit on 23 of 37 3-point attempts so far this season while adding considerably to the Cougars' bench production.

When recruiting Seljaas, Rose was always impressed with Seljaas' production and believes he's taken his play to another level during his short time at BYU.

“I think there are times when he’s playing way beyond what he did in high school,” Rose said. “And hopefully he can stay with that performance and the confidence that he’s playing with right now.”

Toolson's return undetermined: Regarding Jake Toolson, Rose stated on Tuesday that there's no timetable for the sophomore guard to return to the team.

“We’re still waiting to hear what the situation will be next semester,” Rose said. “Right now it’s still the same.”


Twitter: @BrandonCGurney