Coleman talks visits and visitors

Four-star Jalen Coleman has made recent visits and college coaches have been dropping by to check out his open gyms.

He isn't one of the easiest recruits in the 2015 class to reach on the phone if you are a college coach, but many have been making their way up to La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere to check out the four-star shooting guard Jalen Coleman. So far Coleman has been impressive, and he continues to improve.

Things are a little different for Coleman this year having transferred from Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral to La Lumiere, but he says so far so good.

"It has been going good," said Coleman. "You have so much extra time to work on your game here. I feel like I have gotten better in the classroom with the help they offer, and the access to the gym 24/7 has helped me get better."

Recruiting wise it is much of the same for Coleman. Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Notre Dame, and others are involved.

Recently he made an unofficial visit to Michigan, and the Wolverines showed him a good time.

"It was crazy," said Coleman of the trip. "Going into the biggest football stadium in the US, it was just crazy. The atmosphere was like none other as far as football games I have been to. I didn't really get a great feel as far as basketball, but as far as talking to the coaching staff nothing changed. I knew they were a tight coaching staff, which is something I am looking for."

He continued, "Talking to Coach (LaVall) Jordan and Coach (John) Beilein was great. They have showed me academic wise and basketball wise what they can offer. Overall it was a great experience."

Also Coleman made a recent visit to Notre Dame. La Porte and South Bend are only about 45 minutes apart, so for Coleman he is much closer to the ACC school, and it is more convenient to drop by.

"It has been going good with Notre Dame," explained Coleman. "It is so close now that I can go there for open gym and play against older guys. It is good to go against guys that I know like Demetrius Jackson and V.J. Beachem who are Indiana guys."

He continued about the Irish, "Notre Dame going up there has been going real well. My communication level with the coaches has been great. Now that I am closer we can talk more, and things are just going real well."

One coach who made his way to La Lumiere to see Coleman was Illinois boss John Groce. The Illini have been showing Coleman a lot of interest lately, and he likes what Groce has to say.

"My old high school coach, Coach (Andy) Fagan, had told me a lot about Coach Groce with him coaching Walter Offutt who is from Indianapolis," said Coleman. "Coach Groce has been looking at me for a while, and he told me they have always liked my game. I always wanted to meet him, and seemed real energetic and seems like a coach I could sit down and talk to. That is something I am definitely looking for."

Also Indiana made the trip up to La Porte to check in on Coleman, and they are hoping to see him down on their campus soon.

"They came up here recently," Coleman said of the Hoosiers. "I talked to them, and they want to see if I can visit for Hoosier Hysteria or after the John Lucas Camp in Louisville. They still keep in contact a lot. When they can't reach me I know they are talking to my dad and my uncle, so things are still good with Indiana."

Coleman has never been a kid to be too active in the recruiting process. He still maintains he isn't paying a ton of attention to things, though now he is starting to take a closer look.

"I am not paying too much attention," said Coleman. "I am starting to think about it a little bit more, but it isn't coming to the point where I am slimming my list or anything. I am just focusing on my game so far."


Scout Hoops Top Stories