Rising Creighton men's basketball senior Austin Chatman will undergo surgery later today as doctors reattach the radial collateral ligament in his right thumb. Chatman’s activity will be limited to some conditioning and drills while wearing a cast, which is expected to be needed for two months.
Despite the minor setback, Chatman is expected to be back well before the Bluejays open the 2014-15 regular-season on Nov. 14 with a game against Central Arkansas.
Creighton’s lone returning starter, Chatman is also the program’s leading returner in scoring (8.1 ppg.) and assists (4.4 apg.) per game. He has started 71 straight games and ranks 10th in school history with 372 career assists. His assist total is third-most in CU history after a player’s junior year, trailing only Ryan Sears and former teammate Grant Gibbs.
Chatman played his best ball down the stretch in 2013-14, scoring in double-figures in six of CU’s final seven games and earning a spot on the BIG EAST Conference All-Tournament Team last March.
Under the guidance of coach Greg McDermott, Creighton went 27-8 last season while reaching the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season.