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Morehead State adds late basketball recruit for 2016-17

Alonzo Chatman (22) helped Morgan Park High School win back-to-back Illinois Class 3A state championships during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Alonzo Chatman (22) helped Morgan Park High School win back-to-back Illinois Class 3A state championships during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Coach Sean Woods’ Morehead State University men’s basketball team has picked up a late recruit for this coming season, the school announced Monday.

Alonzo Chatman, a 6-foot-7 forward from Morgan Park High School in Illinois, becomes the fourth member of the Eagles’ incoming class for 2016-17.

“Alonzo is one of the most underrated players to come out of Chicago in a long time,” Woods said in a school news release. “I think we got a steal because he fits the mold of what we are about here. He’s hard-nosed, he’s the ultimate competitor, he plays with a great motor, and he’s a great kid off the court.”

Chatman, a native of Chicago, helped Morgan Park win back-to-back Class 3A state championships during his freshman and sophomore seasons. As a senior, he helped lead the Mustangs to a top-three ranking in the state and to a state semifinal appearance.

Chatman joins true freshmen Jordan Walker and Djimon Henson and junior-college transfer Soufiyane Diakite as newcomers for the Eagles.

Morehead State is coming off a 23-14 campaign last season, which included an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational finals.

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