No rush for Coleman

Jalen Coleman is off to a strong start as a junior, and his recruitment is doing nothing but heating up.

Four-star shooting guard Jalen Coleman is off to a strong start for La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere. The noted marksmen has been hitting shots from deep as normal, and now is he is looking to add a bit more to his game off the dribble.

La Lumiere is off to a 5-0 start and Coleman is a big reason for it. Now Coleman says the young squad is working hard to get everything in place before the meat of their schedule comes.

"As a team our chemistry is starting to build and things are running smoother," said Coleman. "We are all starting to learn the plays more and we are starting to click as a group so that is good."

Recruiting wise schools such as Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Butler, and others have been interested in Coleman for a while. According to Coleman right now he is taking things a bit slower with his process.

"I really can't even tell you right now," said Coleman when asked about his recruitment. "I haven't really checked in with my parents and coaches. Right now I am just focused on my new start here. I am at a different level of basketball now, so I am just focused on that and winning games."

He continued, "I have talked to some coaches, not as many as I used to, but it is my junior year and I should be focused on that and learning the system at La Lumiere."

One school that has continued to stay in touch is Michigan. The Wolverines have long been considered one of the main threats for Coleman, and he likes everything about the program.

"Michigan has great ball movement and I love fact that they are all a team," said Coleman. "All the players know the system and Coach (John) Beilein is a great coach and he has a great coaching staff as well."

One school that is really coming on strong is Illinois. Head Coach John Groce has been up to see Coleman multiple times, and the Illini are making a strong impression.

"Coach Groce watched me in the summer time, and he has been up here to see me more than other head coaches," noted Coleman. "That shows that he wants me as a player and he is a great coach also."

Also Coleman has had the Indiana Hoosiers after him since before he even enrolled in high school. He says that he and IU still very much could happen.

"I have still been talking to Indiana and they are sending me letters," noted Coleman. "I have been talking with them as much as I can and I like the way Coach (Tom) Crean is working with the team he has this year."

For now the No. 33 prospect is still in the beginning stages of his recruitment, and is listening to all of his options.


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