Chatman out 6-8 weeks after successful right hand surgery

Before suffering an injury to his right hand against La Salle, Rodney Chatman was the Flyers’ leader on defense with 2.5 steals per game in 2020-21. Photo courtesy of Griffin Quinn, Flyer News.

Peter Burtnett
Sports Editor

The University of Dayton announced Wednesday that men’s basketball redshirt senior guard Rodney Chatman underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right hand.

The injury, which occurred in the Dec. 30 game against La Salle, and successive surgery, will cause the Lithonia, Georgia, native to miss 6-8 weeks. With this timetable, Chatman could return for the final few Atlantic 10 games or miss the remainder of the regular season entirely.

Chatman was averaging 10.0 points, 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals a game through the first six games, coming off a season in which he started all 31 games after transferring from Chattanooga.

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Already suffering some surprising losses, the 5-3 Flyers now face playing without their best defender and a leader for the team.