4-Star Guard Looking at Barbee's Tigers

Class of 2015 basketball prospect has the Auburn Tigers on his recruiting radar.

La Porte, Ind.--Auburn signed forward Sam Logwood out of La Lumiere School for its 2014 basketball recruiting class and is working on adding a bluechip guard from that same team for its 2015 class.

Jalen Coleman, a six-foot-four junior, is rated four stars by Scout.com as the No. 6 shooting guard prospect in the country.

Piankhi Hands, father of the prospect, said that he and his son are interested in Auburn and really like AU assistant coach Ryan Miller who is recruiting the guard for the Tigers.

"Ryan Miller has really given Jalen and myself a lot of encouragement on things Jalen can improve on as a player and what he is doing great as a player," Hands said.

"Ryan also tells us how good Jalen would look in an Auburn jersey," he added with a laugh.

Hands also notes that his son and Logwood are friends. He said Auburn is getting a very athletic forward for next season's team.

"Sam is a fantastic player," Hands said. "He is very strong with the ball and he has improved tremendously on his shot. I think he is one of the most impressive kids in his class in the country now."

Hands transferred to La Lumiere after previously attending Cathedral High in Indianapolis.

His father said the move has gone smoothly. "He has done real well," Hands said. "Early in the season he was trying to get used to a different basketball environment and being away from home as well as a new school environment. His season was going okay at the beginning, but it shot off after he got adapted to the coaching staff and the players.

"He has been playing real well," Hands added. "He has had a couple of 30-plus points game and numerous 20-plus points games. He has been shooting the ball really well and has been a great team player getting others involved."

Coleman can score both outside and inside.

Coleman has been getting a lot of attention from colleges. Commenting on the interest from Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers, Hand said, "As far as Auburn goes it is in the SEC. As far as I know, Auburn is the only SEC school that has offered him a scholarship. A lot of teams in the SEC play up-and-down with a lot of great athletes. It is real exciting basketball and Jalen is really excited about them offering. I think he would do real well in that environment."

Hands said he isn't sure when the guard will be ready to make a decision. "It is hard to say. Probably he will decide before his senior season so he can really focus on who is going to be coming in with him and focus on his senior year."


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