NBPA: Coleman ready to narrow focus

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va - Jalen Coleman is one of the elite shooters in the class of 2015, and he is about ready to narrow down his focus.

Four-star wing Jalen Coleman had an excellent season with La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere, and has continued that showing with All-Ohio Red on the AAU circuit. Now at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp, Coleman is ready to narrow down his list.

"I love the competition and the coaching I get here," said Coleman of the Top 100 Camp. "It has been a great process, everything is going well, and I am really enjoying it."

He continued, "I feel I am playing pretty well. I started off kind of slow, but since then I have picked it up and I think I am playing pretty well."

Recruiting wise Coleman is beginning to really give serious thought to his final list of schools, and he says an official list should come soon.

"When I go back home and talk with my family I will put something out there," said Coleman. "I am going to narrow it down to eight schools."

A school that has gotten consistent mention with Coleman is Michigan State. In the last few weeks however the Spartans have added numerous backcourt commitments.

When asked where things stand between him and MSU, Coleman said, "I have talked to my dad about it, and I am not sure exactly what the staff and my dad have talked about. As of right now I am just focusing on basketball, but it is something I have noticed."

Likewise the Michigan Wolverines have been a school noted a lot with Coleman, and he likes the program quite a bit.

"For them to have the great record last year was big, and the player development there is great," said Coleman of Michigan. "Also I want to major in business and they have a top five business school. They have a lot of key pieces back, and I just really like them."

The college located closest to La Lumiere is Notre Dame, and because of that Coleman has had a chance to make a few visits, and he likes the Irish program.

"I have enjoyed a few visits there," said Coleman. "They have a great coaching staff and also I like their academics. I think I would fit in well with their offense."

A school that has been making a steady push recently is Illinois. The Illini continue to work hard in this recruitment, and it is a school Coleman likes a lot.

"I am talking with Coach (John) Groce every now and then," said Coleman. "I also talk with Coach Walker a lot, and I like them and the job they are doing. I think they are a good program."

While Coleman continues to take his time, he sees other prospects committing. With that some opportunities could potentially go away, but for Coleman it is important to stay true to his plan.

"It is what it is," said Coleman of other kids committing. "I know it is a business and I understand the fact that when kids commit you can lose an opportunity but I have to stick with my own process."

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