With several scholarships open after losing several players to transfers, the Vanderbilt men’s basketball team added what could be a key piece to their 2021-22 team.

Former Dayton Flyers guard Rodney Chatman announced he was transferring to Vanderbilt over the weekend. He gives head coach Jerry Stackhouse a solid option to replace either Maxwell Evans or Isaac McBride.

Chatman, who as a starter on the 2019-20 Dayton team that finished ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, chose the Commodores over Mississippi State and Butler, which pursued the 6-foot-1 senior pretty hard after he entered the NCAA transfer portal.

"Coach Stackhouse is a great guy and we've spoken a couple of times now,” Chatman told 247Sports regarding his transfer options. “I like the situation they have there and what they are building. I like their staff and that is why I am looking at Vanderbilt."

Chatman started 70 of the 73 games he’s played over the last three years while shooting 43.4 percent from the field. He was limited to just 12 games last year after tearing a ligament in his hand.

He played his first two years at University of Chattanooga before transferring to Dayton in 2018. Chatman had a mediocre freshman season before averaged 1.3 points, 4.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore. 

In two years with Dayton, Chatman averaged 7.8 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He led the team in steals and averaged the fourth-most minutes for a Flyers team that went 29-2 with an 18-0 record against Atlantic 10 teams. They were poised for a top seed in the NCAA Tournament that year before it was canceled due to COVID-19.

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