At 6-4 and possessing tremendous length for his age, 2015 Indianapolis shooting guard Jalen Coleman is a wanted young man. The Hoosier State star is a pure scorer with a smooth stroke and has had several college coaches on his trail throughout the July evaluation period.
“I can see them through my peripheral but it’s not really a big deal,” said Coleman. “I’m kind of getting adjusted to things like that so just play my game and try to play my game.”
While the Michigan coaching staff has been out to see Coleman in action over the spring and summer, no interaction isn’t allowed according to NCAA rules. What is allowed though, is a pep talk with former Wolverine Stu Douglass who played for Coleman’s AAU coach when he was in high school.
“He actually talked about, there’s other things than just being a scorer,” recalled Coleman. “You got to play defense, you got to be an all-around player which is what I’m trying to work on. And being a better playmaker, which is what I took from what he just said. I got a couple charges this game. I’m trying to do a lot, anything that helps my team win.”
“Actually I’ve been working on driving, driving to the rack,” said Coleman. “I’ve been lifting some so trying to adjust my shot and get everything back to normal but just working on my drive game and making myself a bigger threat.”
Thanks in part to the strong relationship already built with Michigan assistant coach lavall jordan, Coleman plans to take a trip up to Ann Arbor in the very near future.
“Actually yes,” said Coleman. “During August my coach is trying to set one up for August but I talk to him a lot. He usually calls me through school; he came to a couple of my games. It all started during the school year so I talk to him a lot.”
With three more years of high school ball still ahead of him, Coleman isn’t in any rush to make a decision despite the plethora of suitors coming after him.
“I’m still taking my time,” said Coleman. “I still have three years, I’m just trying to improve and whatever team I choose to go to I’m going to better the team.”
For the full video interview with Coleman, including highlights of him in action, click play below.