Coleman To Play In SEC

Yamene Coleman, a promising power forward prospect out of Camden (Ala.) Wilcox Central, is headed to the SEC. Coleman reached his decision Tuesday evening.

The Alabama Crimson Tide landed an in-state power forward Tuesday night. Yamene Coleman, a 6-foot-9 standout from Wilcox Central High, the same school that produced guard Antoine Pettway, committed to Mark Gottfried's program.

""I just sat down and thought about it and thought it," Coleman said. "I was thinking about college and stuff and Alabama was always in my head."

Last season, Coleman produced 16 points a game for his high school and has been a fixture on the summer circuit with the Alabama Lasers. He and Richard Hendrix, a major recruiting target of the Tide, played together in the summer on numerous occasions.

Coleman said he talked much with Pettway about the decision. "I really talked to Antoine and he said it was a great school and that I could be a great player there. He said it's a great school to go to."

The Tide landed itself a young man with size and decent athleticism. In one of Coleman's shining moments as a high school player in December of 2002, as a sophomore he played current Boston Celtic Kendrick Perkins to a draw at the Slam Dunk To The Beach.

At Alabama, Coleman knows what he has to do. "My role is just to go out and play hard. I think we can be a great team."

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