Coleman focused on improving

Jalen Coleman is one of the top players in 2015. Read on as his father discusses Jalen's training, future, recruitment, and more.

Any college basketball program in the country would love to receive a commitment from Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral 2015 combo guard Jalen Coleman, but his dad, Pianki Lands, is making sure Coleman stays focused on becoming a better basketball player.

"Right now Jalen is training and reading," Lands said. "We're working on stuff like attacking the defense off the pick and roll. You watch college basketball now and a lot of it is pick and roll heavy, so we want Jalen to be able to attack in those situations.

"The same goes for his ball handling in general. We're working on his point guard skills and being able to put guys in position to succeed. He needs to be someone his teammates respect, so we're working on his ability to lead on the court."

When the time comes to focus on his son's recruitment, one issue will be very important for Lands.

"Communication with the coach will probably be the most important factor in his college decision," Lands said. "Jalen will be away from home and it will be important that he has a coach that he can talk to and a coach who can steer him in the right direction, because we're not going to be able to come out and watch him.

"We don't need the coach to be his father, but we need the lines of communication to always be open, so we know what's going on."

Lands claims there is no school that leads for his son's services.

"It's still early, but he is completely open," Lands said. "He's getting new offers like Arizona and he's happy about those offers, so after July we will take a step back and see if we can start figuring some things out.

"I can't say for sure that distance will or will not be a factor, but we're open to sending him to the best school for him and one that has a good business department."


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