Adding guard depth and size to the front line, Seattle University men’s basketball has received commitments from Clancy Bird, Kyree Brown and Brandt Chatfield, Head Coach Jim Hayford announced Wednesday.
“Our staff is excited to announce these great additions to the program,” said Hayford. “All three of these young men come with top-notch academic credentials and have had great success in their basketball careers up to this point.”
Clancy Bird (6-9 forward, Sydney, Australia/St. Augustine College)
Bird went 46-0 over five varsity seasons at St. Augustine’s College, winning five conference championships and two State Trinity championships. He was a three-time team MVP, was named the Saints’ Athlete of the Year five times and averaged 23.2 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 3.2 blocks, 1.3 steals during the past season.
“Clancy will develop into a premier front court player in the WAC,” Hayford said. “He has skill, athleticism and size.”
Bird competed for Manly-Warringah Basketball Association club team from 2012-20 and was named 2018 and 2019 Manly-Warringah Basketball Association Player of the Year and MVP. He currently competes for the Sandringham Sabers of the Southern Basketball Association, the same club that current Redhawk Kobe Williamson played for in 2018.
Bird has represented New South Wales on the U16, U18 and U20 teams at the Australian National Championships. He was also a member of the Australian U17 team in 2019 and the U19 team in 2021.
Kyree Brown (6-0 guard, Oakland, Calif./City College of San Francisco)
Brown averaged 8.7 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game for CCSF in 2019-20 as the Rams went 30-0 before the season was halted. The 6-0, 175-pound guard tallied a high of 29 points on Jan. 15, 2020 in a 119-72 win over San Mateo, scored in double figures 10 times and dished a high of 14 assists in a 105-60 win over Ohlone on Feb. 19, 2020.
“Kyree is an excellent defender who can play both guard positions,” said Hayford. “He brings versatility and toughness to our back court.”
A graduate of Berkeley High School in Berkeley, Calif., Brown earned First Team All-WAC honors during his junior and senior years. His squad made the the playoffs all four years, advancing to the NorCal Championship in 2014 and 2015.
Brown will re-team with CCSF teammates and current Redhawks Nate Robinson and Emeka Udenyi.
Brandt Chatfield (6-10 forward, Orofina, Idaho/Washington State)
Chatfield spent the last two seasons at Washington State where he took a redshirt year in 2019-20 and saw action in seven games off the bench in 2020-21. The 6-10, 240-pound forward started his high school career at Orofino High School in Orofino, Idaho, before moving to Clarkston, Wash., and attending Clarkston High School. He earned four varsity letters in basketball and two in track and field.
“We needed to add a big man who could bring defensive physicality and rebounding toughness,” said Hayford. “Brandt brings all of this and more, and we are excited that he chose us out of his many options.”
In just two seasons at CHS, Chatfield broke the school record with 533 career rebounds, while setting the single-season record with 342 rebounds as a senior. He averaged 15 points and 12.7 rebounds as a senior at CHS, was named to the All-Great Northern League and was an Associated Press all-state honorable mention after leading the Bantams to an 18-9 record and a fourth-place finish at the State 2A tournament where Clarkston went 3-1.
Brown, Bird and Chatfield join Brody Nunn (6-2 guard, Melbourne, Australia) in Seattle U’s 2021 signing class.