Coleman ready for big spring

For Jalen Coleman a new AAU team means a new opportunity, and the talented scorer is looking to have a big time spring.

Class of 2015 four-star guard Jalen Coleman is coming off of a solid high school season. Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral advanced to the state title game and Coleman was a huge reason why. Now the 6-foot-3 guard is ready for a big spring and summer on the AAU circuit with Indiana Elite.

"We had a good squad," said Coleman of the high school year. "We just got off to a slow start in the first half of the state title game and our comeback fell a little bit short."

While Coleman fell short of his main overall goal which was to win the state title, he did feel individually he improved as a player.

"I think I am transitioning from a shooting guard to a point guard," said Coleman. "I am now more comfortable bringing the ball up, seeing the floor, and using my IQ. I am getting better on the defensive end and then vocally as well to go with my offensive game."

Recruiting wise Butler, Cincinnati, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Xavier, Illinois, and others have all been active in talking to Coleman for a while, and he says a few of them have made it clear that they will be checking in on him this weekend in Dallas.

"In Dallas I know Michigan, Michigan State, and Texas will be there," said Coleman. "I haven't talked to many schools this week, but I am sure a lot of other schools will be there."

For the most part Coleman has always indicated that the schools closer to his Indianapolis home are the ones recruiting him the hardest and that he has the most interest in them, but he says he won't eliminate a program such as Texas just because of the distance from home.

"Actually I could see myself staying home or away," explained Coleman. "I don't get homesick and I am not going to put a limit on how far away I will go to school."

Michigan is a school that is yet to offer Coleman, but that will come on June 15 and it is something Coleman is looking forward to and also a school he is very interested in.

"It is a blessing," said Coleman of the Michigan interest. "I know you can't take anything for granted and when they do offer that will be great. I just have to get that offer and keep on going."

The school closest to Coleman's house, Butler, will also offer on June 15, and he is building a good relationship with the coaches at the school.

"Coach (Brad) Stevens is a great guy," said Coleman. "I am actually supposed to be going down there (today) for their open gym. They have open gyms on Tuesday and I think that will benefit me a lot."

Another school that has begun to really pick things up with Coleman recently is Xavier, and Coleman is going to try and get down and visit the school.

"They are not too far and they send me a lot of letters," said Coleman. "I haven't talked to them as much, but they have told me they want me to come down and I am trying to check my schedule to set something up."

Do not expect any kind of quick decision from Coleman who is a very level headed kid. He is far more focused on his spring and summer with Indiana Elite as well as improving his game.

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