Presented with a dream opportunity, Andre Chatfield didn’t hesitate.
The Norcross senior, on his first official visit with a college basketball program, committed to Harvard during his trip to Cambridge, Mass., university over the weekend. It fulfilled a goal that Chatfield had since his freshman season to attend an Ivy League school.
He chose the Crimson over his other two finalists, Princeton and LSU.
“It’s very exciting because it gives me the best of both worlds in academics and athletics,” Chatfield said. “When you have an opportunity to go to a place like Harvard, it’s hard to pass up. … The basketball team was really cool. We had a good time on the visit. We spent time with the coaching staff. It made me and my family really comfortable. As soon I got there, I knew it was the place for me.”
Chatfield, who maintains a 4.0 GPA and ranks 37th in Norcross’ senior class academically, plans to pursue international business and economics in college. The academic lure of the Ivy League is obvious to most, but the 6-foot-5 wing will join a pretty good basketball program, too.
Harvard, coached by former Duke standout Tommy Amaker, has won 20 or more games for the past four seasons, which includes a run of two straight NCAA Tournament appearances and three straight Ivy League championships. The Crimson roster includes just one other Georgian, 6-10 Michael Hall, a Woodward Academy product.
“They’re really on the rise, so that’s exciting,” Chatfield said.
Chatfield was the second-leading scorer last season on Norcross’ Class AAAAAA state championship team, averaging 11.5 points. He played his first two seasons at Parkview, where he averaged 16.3 points as a sophomore.
He’ll take those talents to a dream school for the 2014-15 season.
“They want me to come in and be a ballhandler and be a creator,” Chatfield said. “They want me to score the ball, but also share the ball.”