It’s no wonder the light suddenly switched on for Matt Coleman. The slender 6-1 point guard competed with the Boo Williams 17-under squad during the travel season, accumulating vital experience on the EYBL circuit.
While his production for Boo generally was modest, Coleman clearly benefitted from the competition.
”I’m playing with more confidence now having been out there with the older guys in EYBL,” Coleman said.
As summer turned to fall and his travels led him to USA Basketball minicamp, he began to assert himself offensively and now projects as a legitimate speed guard in the Class of 2017.
Coleman also performed very well at the South Central Challenge last weekend. Perhaps the greatest change in his game has been noticeably quicker feet. He’s able to race past most defenders in the fullcourt and also penetrates liberally in halfcourt structure. His ballhandling is outstanding, and one series of dribble moves at full speed looked big-time college ready.
”I like to get up and down the court and get fast break points,” Coleman said. “USA Basketball was a great experience for me. I take that as an accomplishment, and it made me work harder because I want everyone to know this is real.”
A southpaw, Coleman also changes speeds and keeps defenders off-balance. He’s an excellent passer as well who loves to knife into the paint and hit a teammate for a dunk. He’ll need to improve his shooting, but without question he has established himself as one of the country’s preeminent sophomore guards.
Given his talent and ample national exposure, it’s no wonder high-majors are hot on his trail.
Coleman added and that he’s in no hurry to decide. Clearly, he’ll be a featured grassroots attraction for two more years.